Skit for Sunday,

A20 Skit, 3rd Sunday of Easter, 

Third Sunday of Easter

 

Based on the following Gospel:

New American Bible Luke 24:13-35

 

“The Road to Emmaus”

Written by Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright Ó 2008 Joan Y. Edwards

 

 

Characters 

Narrator

Jesus

Cleopas

Friend

Mary Magdalene and Apostle Bartholomew

(the other Upper Room people: Joanna, Mary, mother of James and other

Apostles Simon Peter, James, the son of Zebedee, John, brother of James, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,

Janet

Carlos

(If you do not have players, you can have two children go to different areas and pretend they are the different people.)

Two at stations

Two CROP walk

Two Knights of Columbus

Two children with canned goods and clothing

 

Narrator

Two men left Jerusalem to walk seven miles home to their village of Emmaus. Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.

 

Jesus

(wearing a sheet that shields half of his face)

 

 

What are you discussing as you walk along?

 

(They stopped, looking very sad and downcast.)

 

Friend

The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.

 

 

Cleopas

Our chief priests and rulers both handed Jesus over to a sentence of death and crucified him.

 

Friend

We are sad because we hoped he was the messiah and would redeem Israel. It has been three days since he was crucified on the cross.

 

Cleopas

This morning our friends, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James went to the tomb and could not find his body. Then they came back and told us that angels said that Jesus was alive.

 

Friend

Later, two other friends, Peter and John went to the tomb. They did not see Jesus either.

 

Jesus

Oh you with troubled hearts, the Messiah had to suffer these things and enter into his glory to redeem Israel. Let me explain the scriptures so you will understand.

 

Narrator

So Jesus began with Moses and repeated the words of the prophets in the scriptures that told that the Messiah had to die and rise again. Then they reached the village of Emmaus.

Jesus

I’ll be going a few more miles down the road.

 

Cleopas

Stay with us.

 

Friend

Yes, please stay. It is getting dark and the day is almost over.

 

 

Narrator

So Jesus went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.

 

(chairs for 3; bread and wine on table)

 

Jesus

Take and eat this, for this is my body.

 

Narrator

With these words, their eyes were opened and they recognized Jesus. Then he disappeared from their sight.

 

Cleopas

Wasn’t your heart burning within you while he spoke to us along the road?

 

Friend

Yes. It warmed my heart to talk with him. Jesus explained the scriptures so we could easily understand.

 Cleopas

Let’s go back to Jerusalem and explain it to his eleven disciples.

 

Narrator

So they set out at once walking back to Jerusalem. After two hours they got to the upper room where the eleven and others were gathered.  Mary Magdalene and the others met them at the door.

 

 

Mary Magdalene & Apostle Bartholomew

The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon! 

(Going inside)

 Cleopas

We believe you. Jesus walked with us and he talked with us and explained the scriptures.

Friend

Then we invited him for supper.  We recognized him when he broke the bread.  Then he disappeared.

 

Narrator

Many years later at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC two children are talking about today’s Gospel as they walk around the church picking up trash.

Janet

I surely do wish Jesus would come and walk with us.

 

Carlos

Yes, amigo.  That would be awesome to have Jesus by our sides wherever we go.

Narrator

Then all of a sudden, Jesus appeared right there between Janet and Carlos.

They were truly amazed.  They recognized him right away and knelt down in front of him. 

 

Janet

Jesus, thank you for joining us.

 

Carlos

Wow! We are honored.

 

 

Jesus

Remember the words I said to you.  (Matthew 25:40) What ever you do for others, you do for me.  (Matthew 18:20) Whenever two or three people gather together in my name, I am there with them.

 

 

Jesus

(Takes them up the steps to the highest point in front of the altar)

 

Stand up here. I’ll show you.

 

(Jesus goes between the students who are facing Station Number 5 Simon Helps Carry the Cross.  This can be the real station or a poster with a picture and the words underneath.)

 

Two students are praying the Stations of the Cross. See here I am right between them. Just as Simon helped me carry the cross, I help each of you when you have problems. Just ask me to help.

 

(Table with two high school students planning CROP walk.  CROP WALK poster.)

 

Two high school students are planning the CROP walk to raise money to feed the poor. Here I am waving to you.

 

(Two men talking on cell phones. Knights of Columbus BINGO sign and Tootsie Roll Drive sign)

 

Two Knights of Columbus men are getting volunteers to staff BINGO night next week to earn money to pay off the Church mortgage and to stand outside stores to give away Tootsie Rolls in return for donations to help the mentally handicapped. Here I am with them.

 

(One child brings 2 cans of vegetables, another child brings a t-shirt and blue jeans – Sign with words Share Sunday Corner, One Box labeled Canned Goods, Another labeled Clothing)

 

Two little children are bringing canned goods and clothing they have outgrown and put their donations in the Share Sunday Corner to help the poor.  Here I am with them.

 

(Then Jesus goes back and stands between Janet and Carlos.)

 

Janet

All the things we do at St. John Neumann to help others, we are also doing for you.

 

Jesus

  Exactly.

 

Carlos

Whenever we get together in your name to pray, to help others, to learn about you, then you are there with us.

 

Jesus

Yes. That is true.

 

Carlos

What if we are all alone?

 

Jesus

(Matthew 28:20) Remember that you are never alone. I will always be with you even until the end of the world.  I leave you my peace.  My peace I give you.

Narrator

At that Jesus disappeared.  Janet and Carlos finished picking up trash and went home to share their Good News with their families and friends.  Just like the men walking to Emmaus, you, the people of St. John Neumann Church, still have Jesus walking with you today.

 

Suggestions for Music

Ask Choir to sing one or all of these songs during Mass.  Or have the cast sing one of them.

 

http://www.godskidsworship.com/p-65-gods-kids-worship-red-cd.aspx

Ah Lord God

Music and Lyrics: Kay Chance
Copyright © 17896 1976

 

Ah Lord God, Thou hast made the heavens
And the earth by Thy great power
Ah Lord God, Thou hast made the heavens
And the earth by Thine outstretched arm.

Nothing is too difficult for Thee
Nothing is too difficult for Thee
Great and mighty God
Great in counsel and mighty in deed

Nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing
Nothing is too difficult for Thee

Celebrate Jesus, Celebrate

Celebrate Words and Music by Gary Oliver © 1988 Integrity’s Hosanna! Music/ASCAP  All Rights Reserved.  Int’l Copyright secured.  Used by permission.

From God’s Kids Worship Red Compact Disc

http://www.godskidsworship.com/p-65-gods-kids-worship-red-cd.aspx

 

http://www.parable.com/parable/item_1400300509.htm

 

Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate!

Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate!

Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate!

Celebrate Jesus! Celebrate!

 

He is risen.  He is risen.

And he lives forevermore.

He is risen.  He is risen.

Come on and celebrate. (Repeat 2 more times in last verse)

The resurrection of our Lord.

    

 Emmaus Love” lyrics by New Song (singing group) on their album “More Life”

Copyright 2003

Purchase: album or just the MP3 song – listen to part of song http://www.amazon.com/More-Life-NewSong/dp/B0000C0FBR/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1205348930&sr=1-4
Listen to whole song: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=26651340

Their hearts burned within them as they walked
And as they talked about
All the things they had seen
So many questions on their mind
But their eyes were blind
To what His death would mean

Who is this Man who walks with them
And explains the mysteries
Could it be that He's the risen One
Come to set them free

[Chorus]
My Emmaus Love everyday He walks with me
Emmaus love everyday He talks with me
Emmaus love He's always there for me
My Emmaus love

He's the light that helps me find my way
Every step I take
He knows my every need
I hear His voice speaking to my heart
The very deepest part
Saying follow where I lead

Who is this Man who walks with me
And explains the mysteries
I know that He's the risen One
Come to set me free

[Bridge]
So many roads and choices to make
So many answers to find
I can't imagine living one day
With out You in my life