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The Great and the Good
Bible Ref: Matthew 19-20 & 26; Mark 10 & 14; Luke 17-19; John 11 & 12

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:
Lazarus is Raised from the Dead                       
The Resurrection and the Life                            
The Pharisees Plot to Kill Jesus                       
The Ten Lepers                                                    
The Return of the Son of Man                             
The Persistent Widow and the Unjust Judge        
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector                   
Marriage and Divorce                                         
Blessing the Children                                          
The Rich Young Leader
A Camel through the Eye of a Needle
The Workers in the Vineyard – the Last will be First
James and John and Their Mother's Request
The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
Blind Bartimaeus  
At the House of Zacchaeus
Ten Minas and Ten Servants   
Mary Anoints Jesus

The Workers in the Vineyard – the Last will be First

Jesus: Let me illustrate it for you. The kingdom is like a man who owned a large estate. And first thing in the morning he went out to hire men to work in his vineyards. When he hired them he promised to pay them one denarius for that day’s labour, so they happily went along and set to work. Half way through the morning he went out again and found more workers. He agreed to pay them a denarius and they set to work too. After lunch he hired some more and again mid-way through the afternoon. In the evening, just before the workers finished, he spotted a couple more men and hired them. An hour later the men finished work and lined up for their pay. Those hired last came first and they received a denarius for their labours. The others saw this and thought ‘They’ve worked for an hour and been paid a denarius – great! We’ve been here ten hours we’ll get ten times as much.’ However, when they lined up for their pay they received what they had earned – one denarius.

Peter: That’s not fair!

Jesus: Isn’t it, Peter? They had agreed to work one day for one denarius.

Peter: Yes! But they sweated in the hot sun for hours. The last two workers only spent an hour in the cool evening.

Jesus: Yes, but that’s not the point. Each worker agreed to work for one denarius. They received that. If the estate manager chooses to be generous and pay everyone the same that’s up to him.

Peter: But it just doesn’t seem right! It’s naïve. There’s bound to be trouble from the other workers.

Jesus: It’s no business of the other workers.



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