The Tales of BART
(get it... Peter... the rock... )
I Shall Be Released!
BART & ANDY
it's Bart & Andy, the disciples Bartholomew and Andrew, again!
still knows everything!
X. an exotic planet on the other side of the galaxy.
kidding! Same old Upper
Room again. Once again there
is a large table, a couple of chairs. But this time, on the table is a large
box with a very large padlock type lock (facing away from the kids so they
can't see the lock... make it colorful and fun! Sort of like something you'd have
seen on "Let's Make A Deal").
the room are various objects with clues somehow attached (you'll see as you go
on! The objects can be actual things, or maybe better, fun, fanciful
recreations out of cardboard and paper... Like, the lock on the box could be a
large cardboard lock... (with, in the end, a large cardboard key)...or something
see Bart sitting at the table, looking sad.
The PLAY Begins
back to our little production! Yes, here we are again - in the Upper Room!
been learning a lot about the Holy Spirit - thanks to Bart and Andy! You all
remember Bart and Andy, right? Bartholomew and Andrew, two of the 12 disciples.
They were with Jesus from the beginning. And they were there when Jesus
promised he would send the Holy Spirit when he went away.
then we heard how on the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came, just as Jesus
promised he would. He came with the roar of a mighty wind and fire because,
well, that's what the Holy Spirit is like. He is like the wind because you
can't see where he comes from or where he goes – but he can do mighty
things. And he is like a fire, like the fire in an engine that gives it life
and gets it moving.
after Jesus left and went to heaven, the disciples were hiding here in the
Upper Room. They were too afraid to do anything. But when the Spirit came, the
disciples weren't afraid anymore!
went out and started doing what the Holy Spirit wants us all to be doing
– telling everyone about Jesus! And the Holy Spirit helped them do some
amazing things – they made sick people well, crippled people walk, and
blind people see. The Holy Spirit was the power that made it clear that what
they were saying really was from God.
last week we saw how the Holy Spirit told Philip to bring the Good News to a
powerful official in the court of the queen of Ethiopia. The Good News was
spreading everywhere! Even to the ends of the earth!
pretty soon their little group wasn't so little anymore! People from all over
were believing in Jesus and coming to be baptized.
some people weren't so happy about that.
that's when the trouble started.
is a knock at the door. Not sure how you want to do this... you could have an
actual door, or you could have Andy unseen off stage, and just a sound effect
Andy [whispering] It's me, Andy...
Are you sure??
course I'm sure!!!
to audience] Whew! I was afraid it
was a bunch of Roman soldiers!
heard what's been happening, haven't you??? The Holy Spirit has been doing some
wonderful, powerful things! And more and more and more people are coming to
know the Good News about Jesus, and more and more and more people are believing
and being baptized!
it's starting to scare some of my people – and that's bad!
are important and powerful Jews who don't want to believe that Jesus is the
Messiah that our people had been waiting for... No... they don't want to lose their wealth and power, that's what
it is! They want people to follow them – and not follow Jesus!
want to stop what the Holy Spirit is doing!
kind of funny to think they can stop the Holy Spirit... But they do... and they are
doing terrible things trying.
have started to arrest followers of Jesus – and throw us into prison
– or worse.
stoned Stephen to death. It was awful.
a few days ago they talked Herod into arresting James, the brother of John.
Herod wants to keep his wealth and
power too, so he had James killed just to please the Jewish leaders.
his head] It was terrible, just
loved James, he was a like a brother to me... I can't believe he's gone. But he
gave his life for Jesus.
then Herod even had Peter arrested too!
outside the door] Hey, Bart...
Sorry!!! [motions to hush the audience, let's Andy in]
were you talking to??
Me? No one! Really!
[they sit at the table,
weary, seemingly oblivious to the large box sitting on it]
Bart [finally!] Hey, Andy...
in the box?!
what's in it???
the box around so the kids can see a very large lock] Look! The box is locked – we can't get inside
without a key!
are we going to open the box if we don't have the key?!
[they begin to examine
the box, pick it up turn it around... find a piece of paper beneath it.
Andy picks it up.]
don't know... it looks like a clue.
clue? What kind of clue??? What does it say?
That's all it says.
What kind of clue is that?!
me! But maybe if we figure it out we'll get to see what's in the box!
a game! I love games!
out loud] Peter... what can that mean...
Jesus changed Simon's name to Peter... it means rock [looking around the room]... like that rock over there!
Andy [incredulously] Huh?! How did that get here?!
me! [as he is going over to the rock, picks it up] But,
look, here's another clue!
does it say?
have to pray first?
The clue! All it says is Pray.
wonder what that means??
Remember... Herod arrested Peter...
we all started praying for him!
Herod had Peter thrown into prison, and he tied him up with... [sees a coil of
heavy chains on the floor... the bigger the better!]... chains!
through chain... finds another clue]
Look! Another clue!
does this one say?
idea! I'm kind of tired.
Bart! The clue is Ćsleep.'
Hmm. Sleep???... well... Peter went to sleep that night... tied in chains... he had one guard on one side of him...
another guard on the other side of him...
guards at the door... and guards at the gate. Peter wasn't going anywhere - there
were guards everywhere!
guards... big, mean, scary Roman guards...
big, mean, scary...swords! [looking
across the room] ... like that one over
there!!! [runs over and picks up the sword, there is another clue attached
to it. Andy scratches his head, wondering what a sword is doing there!] And look... another clue!
does this one say???
Light... light.... I got it! [like the light went on! :O) ] Peter fell asleep that night, right? He was in a cold, nasty, smelly
cell; all tied up with chains, with two guards right there beside him... There
was no way he was going anywhere! It was dark, the middle of the night... and all
of a sudden his prison cell was filled with light!
was an angel!
angel shook Peter... [shakes Bart, enacting the angel shaking Peter.]
the angel, whispering] Peter... Peter...
to be Peter] Huh? Huh? What's
the angel] Shhhhh... quick... put on your
sandals, grab your coat and follow me! [as himself]
And just like that - the chains fell off Peter's hands and feet!
angel didn't need any ol' key!
the angel told Peter to put on his... sandals... look! There's a pair of sandals
over there! [crosses over to the sandals, finds a clue attached] And a clue!
does it say?! What does it say?!
I'm getting it! [acting it out as he describes it] The angel and Peter stepped over the two sleeping
acting it out... stepping very lightly, like on tippy toes, his finger to his
lips as the angel might be indicating to Peter to be vewy, vewy quiet - we're
hunting wabbits!)] And walked right
past the guards at the cell door...
the same routine!] Right past the
guards at the jailhouse door...
then, they got to the prison's iron gate...
it just swung open all by itself!!! [making creaking noise and pantomiming a
easy as opening a... door!
[looks across the room to the door as he is saying
it. The two go to the door and are oblivious to the big paper clue stuck to the
door, with the big word "CLUE" in large letters written on it]
There's got to be a clue here!
must be here somewhere... [they look up ad down and all around, but can't find
the clue – hopefully to the amusement of the audience!]
you see a clue?
don't see a clue...
finding the clue] Hey, Andy...
you think this is a clue?
the paper] Do you think?!! [Bart grabs it back]
Bart reads the clue to himself, scratching his head] Well... what does it say?!!!
DUH!!! We're AT the door!!!!
wait! Remember... the angel led Peter out into the streets.... The whole time Peter
thought he was just dreaming!
then... the angel was gone! Just like that!
Peter, looking around] Hey! Where'd
himself] And there's Peter, standing
out in the street, all by himself, in the dark, in the middle of the night!
then Peter is, like...
Peter] What happened?!!! [patting
himself, realizing he wasn't dreaming]
Am I dreaming???
then he finally figured out he wasn't
dreaming – and that God had sent an angel to set him free from Herod's
even kings stand a chance against the power of the Holy Spirit!
then what does Peter do?
goes to the house of Mary, the mother of John Mark... and this part is kind of
there he is, standing outside in the dark, in the middle of the night... and he
knocks on the door... [pantomimes knocking on a door] knock! knock!
a funny female voice impression] Who
is it? [Now in his own voice] That
was Rhoda, Mary's servant!
Peter, whispering] It's me, Peter!
Rhoda voice] Who?
Peter! I was in prison, but the Holy Spirit set me free!
Rhoda voice] Peter! Is it really
around, talking to the audience as if talking to the others in the room] Hey, everyone - it's Peter! Herod thought he could
keep in prison but the Holy Spirit set him free!
himself] And everyone was all like,
ĆIt can't be Peter! It must be his angel!'
Rhoda goes, [in her voice] No
really! I know it's him!
Rhoda] Oh my! I left him outside!! [as
himself] Pretty funny, huh!
yeah, hilarious! [but laughs too].
yeah... sorry about that!
then she let Peter in and Peter told them all to tell everyone how the Holy
Spirit had set him free from Herod's power.
let's see... it was Rhoda, Mary's servant, who answered the door... [looks
around the room... sees a servant's tray on a small table. Goes over to it]
A KEY!!! Hmmm... I wonder what it's for???
I wonder! [takes the key and unlocks the box]
in it?! What's in it?!!!
out two pair of running shoes. They both look at them totally puzzled] You got me!!!
what are they??!!
Bart! Hi Andy! Did you like my little game?!
Andy You did this?
else could I get you to tell us the story of Peter, and how the Holy Spirit set
him free from prison!
guess it worked!
what are these??
running shoes... I figure if the Holy Spirit is going to have you bringing the
Good News to the ends of the earth, that's going to be a lot of walking...
you might as well have some comfortable shoes! Your sandals are nice –
but they don't offer much arch support.
let's just say you'll walk a whole lot easier wearing these!
on his pair] Wow! These really are comfortable!
his on] I feel like I could slam dunk
don't know! All of a sudden I had this picture in my mind of a guy with a funny
shirt with the number 23 on it flying through the air with a big orange ball in
Teacher [laughing] Well, just don't tell anyone where you got them!
Bart! We've got some Good News to deliver!
behind you, Michael... I mean, Bart!
[Bart and Andy run off]
(I am sure you have
better thoughts than me... but here's what I have come up with!)
there they go!
you know what? I don't think anyone will be able to stop them!
the power of the Holy Spirit! Not even Herod's chains... and his big scary Roman
guards could stop it!
you have the Holy Spirit with you
right! It was God's gift to you when you believed in Jesus.Who knows what the
Holy Spirit will want to do with you!
I know one thing – nothing on earth can stop the Holy Spirit from doing
Well, no. There is one thing that can... if you don't
you believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to you – just like Jesus
promised he would to everyone who believes in him. The Holy Spirit wants to
help you and guide you. The Holy Spirit wants to help you do wonderful things
the Holy Spirit won't make you do
anything... The Holy Spirit can only do what you let him do.
and Andy let the Holy Spirit live and breathe in them, and the Holy Spirit did
amazing things with them! They let the Holy Spirit take them wherever he wanted
to – and they brought the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth!
said 'yes!' to the Holy Spirit!
say 'yes' to the Holy Spirit! Let the Holy Spirit live in you and breathe in
you too! Let the Holy Spirit lead you... and who knows what wonderful things the
Holy Spirit will do!
© 2011 Paul Dallgas-Frey