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A Matter of Life and Death
Bible Ref: Matthew 8,9,& 11 -13; Mark 3&4; Luke 7&8

Each of the following sketches (scenes) can be used to form the basis for a complete act of worship or used as individual scenes on separate occasions. Each scene will require a narrator to read the linking text as well as the characters in the scene itself.

List of scenes:
The Centurion's Servant
The Widow of Nain
The Messengers from John the Baptist
At the House of Simon the Pharisee
Jesus Drives Out Demons
The Parable of the Sower
Why Use Parables?
The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Weeds
Jesus Calms a Storm
The Gerasene Demoniacs
Jairus's Daughter and the Woman Who Touched Jesus

The Gerasene Demoniacs

Jesus and his disciples finished their journey across the lake, the water now calm, and they arrived on the other side in the pagan country of the Gerasenes. The moment they set foot ashore two men came tearing across the rough ground towards them, screaming and spitting violent threats.

Oh great! That’s all we need after that storm – a couple of nutters to haunt us.

Who are they?

There’s a farmer over there – go and ask him.

Yes – but don’t go near his pigs.

Me again? Why is it always me?

And hurry back – after surviving that storm we may yet be torn to shreds by these two madmen!

The two men slowed as they saw Jesus step ashore. One of them faltered, stopped dead, then turned and fled, his eyes wide. But the other one came on, his arms flailing like a windmill and the foam and spit hanging like a curtain form his sagging jaw.

The farmer says they live amongst the dead, there’s a burial ground nearby and the people keep them chained up there. The locals are terrified of them. They run rampant and no one can contain them.

Well they’ve broken their chains all right – look at them, hanging from their wrists like bits of old string.




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