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Monday Rewrite

Monday Rewrite

Familiar Bible passages, seen with new creative eyes

Monday Rewrite: Feet on the ground

Jesus wasn’t insecure. Never needed to do anything for show or to prove himself, or big himself up. When he washed feet it wasn’t about him. Though it could have …

Monday Rewrite: Jesus on a Dull Day

Jesus on a dull day, There were many of these, When nothing much came his way, Just hammers, nails and bits of trees. He’s famous for the full days, Of …

Monday Rewrite: The Blame Game

They want him to join in, to point out what this man has done wrong, to call him out for his mistakes and misdemeanours. To put him down so that …

Monday Rewrite: 40 Days

As he walked through that wilderness, in those 40 days of space and silence and emptiness, with time on his hands and the thoughts rattling like stones in his mind… …

Greener Grass (5000 Questions)

Overheard at a certain feast of fish and bread: Right everyone, sit down, just sit down, that’s it, it won’t be long, the food’s coming round. Er… excuse me. Yes? …

Monday Rewrite: The Great Influencer

Not one who merely talks through a phone or tablet screen, not mentioning the new and trendy products that he’s been wearing or using – not here for applause or …

Monday Rewrite: What We Can

As the woman anoints him with her exorbitant perfume, he can see the disdain on the sneers of those around, their thoughts scrawled large, like newsprint, across their faces. So …

Monday Rewrite: A Hillside for the World

And seeing the crowds he sat down on a hillside and began to teach them, and more and more people came to hear him.  Some were looking at their mobile …

Monday Rewrite – Love is Like This

Love is Like This… Based on 1 Corinthians 13 Themes – Love, friendship and support Cast – Narrator & Four actors, 1, 2, 3 & 4 Love is like this. …

Monday Rewrite: The Land of Fear

Two went walking in the woods one spring, With no idea what the walk might bring. The girl fell asleep, near a big brown stone, But the boy soon discovered …

Monday Rewrite: Wilderness Voice

A voice calls out in the wilderness, Offering comfort and a way forward. ‘Lift up your eyes, look to the skies, And to the one who set them in place. …

Monday Rewrite: Barn Fever

‘Welcome one and all, family and er… interested parties… of Mr Richard Fool for the reading of his will, following his sad and mysterious demise after the completion of his …

Monday Rewrite: Walls & Windows

The walls had risen around them, so slowly they had not noticed. But now they felt it, the bricks of cynicism and self-doubt and confusion. And of drifting in a …

Monday Rewrite: Hebron Street

by James Clarke Yesterday – in the Temple, I saw something that took me back 30 years in a moment. A man was talking – arguing really – with the …

Monday Rewrite: Hefty Prophets

The three prophets Zechariah, Jeremiah and Elijah (Z, J and E) meet up for a chat. Z. I’m trying to plan my sermon for Sunday but I’m getting nowhere. J. …

Monday Rewrite: The Visit

I dreamt last night that I went to the stable. I’ve thought about it often but this was my first true visit. I dressed up in my best clothes, scrubbed …

Monday Rewrite: Non-threatening

He looks into those eyes, new and bright, searching and soft. And he can sense his own gaze softening. His own heart opening a little. There is something in this, …

Monday Rewrite: Fear

A reading for one or two voices. 1. If God had let worry cloud his vision he may well not have set the wheels of time in motion. 2. If …

Monday Rewrite: The Key

I had everything and nothing. Wealth, status, power, they lay around me like yesterday’s toys. You can be the envy of others who don’t know the rest of you. The …

Monday Rewrite: Wonder

He stares at the baby, tears gathering at the corners of his eyes. When he lost his voice he wondered, now his wonder is of another kind. He may wonder …

Monday Rewrite: Mary and Martha

Martha: Hi Mary. Mary: Hi Martha, how’s it going? Martha: Oh you know, the usual, busy busy busy. Mary: I hope you’re factoring in some breathing space. Martha: Well you …

Monday Rewrite: Quiet Place

Every morning those ancient words call me back, back to that crossroads. That place of quiet glory, that place of reminders and rediscovery, of the old way that is fresh …

Monday Rewrite: Bethany

James is lurking in the doorway, his huge body bent a little and sagging with regret. He’s making the others nervous. Even this far from the city there is danger. …

Monday Rewrite: Trees

Easy to forget it was a garden full of trees, and they could pick the fruit off any of them. Any at all. It was only the one, the one …

Monday Rewrite: Gethsemane Waiting

He’ll wait all night if he has to, While those who think they have the power, Are floundering, flustered, chasing their tails, Tripping over their feet, concocting their tales, Empty …

Monday Rewrite: Walking Miracles

A thought – miracles often come complete with skin and bone, flesh and blood. As Saul looks up now, dust and grime on his face, his threats and sadness and …

Monday Rewrite: Appeal

Lord you know what we need, What we want, and what is possible. You see the bigger picture here, there and everywhere. So today we want this_____ We need this_____ …

Monday Rewrite: Lipstick and Love

She is getting her nails done. Again. And her eyes. And her lashes. And pretty much everything else. She is well aware she is way more than this. More than …

Monday Rewrite: Two Prayers

In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed two prayers: ‘Rescue me’ and ‘Let it be.’ ‘If possible take this cup from me.’ Then, ‘Not my will but yours.’ Two prayers …

Monday Rewrite: Discovery

Peter doesn’t know it but he’s about to make the discovery of a lifetime, a discovery of life itself. – So, what’s the word on the street? Jesus says. – …

Monday Rewrite: Resources

And seeing the crowds, lost and wandering and confused and empty he had compassion and wanted to help them. – Send them away, says Philip, so they can fend for …

Monday Rewrite: The Call of Moses

Cast: Narrator, Moses, two sheep, a bush. The Narrator reads the lines in bold. Hello everyone, I’m the narrator. Hopefully the audience will say ‘Hello!’ And this is Moses. Moses …

Monday Rewrite: The Unbelievers

In an age when everyone was pressured into towing the line and believing what they were told, they refused to conform. They would not bow to the gods of success …

Monday Rewrite: Praying Like Breathing

  – – – – – – A simple sketch to illustrate the need to pray at all times. It involves one narrator and a group of 4 – 10 …

Monday Rewrite: Tales of the Unexpected

People underestimate the power of a good story. As I stood there before the king, detesting the smell of my own body, disguised as someone who had lost all care …

Monday Rewrite: The Fruit Shop of Life

1. Ah good morning. Welcome to the fruit shop of life. 2. Yes, morning, I thought I’d pop in and pick up a few bits of fruit… 1. Oh well …

Monday Rewrite: Pilgrims

There was a time when this small band of pilgrims included furious, brow-furrowed fishermen, troubled tax demanders, courageous women with embalming fluid in the creases of their palms, boundless party …

Monday Rewrite: When

When disappointment hangs in the air, When plans and hopes and dreams lie lost along the way. When success must be replaced with faithful holding on, When the options and …

Monday Rewrite: The Dancer

I met her on my travels, she was going one way, me the other. She was a dancer she said, or had been when younger. Till one evening when she …

Monday Rewrite: Free Food and Drink

Two friends (1 and 2) are sitting on a crowded hillside, listening to Jesus and reacting to those around. The atmosphere resembles a trip to the cinema. 1. (Sighs) Oh …

Monday Rewrite: Hope in a Crowd

Four readers – Narrator, Jesus, Peter and Leah (the woman who has been ill) Narrator: The next day, as they landed in Capernaum, a large crowd gathered around Jesus again. …

Monday Rewrite: Excuses, Excuses

Cast: Martha – M, Sarah – S, Esther – E, God – G (a voice offstage) The three women are meeting to pray, there is a table near them with …

Monday Rewrite: The King

Long, long time ago, Or was it just today you know, A world got made from breath and dust, And people lived in open trust. And fears we’re calmed, and …

Monday Musing: Ch… ch… ch… ch… changes

In my twenties I felt bulletproof Wanted to fight for love and troof, Change the world and make it right, Wouldn’t take long… maybe overnight.   In my forties it …

Monday Rewrite: The House on the Edge

She lived on the edge of town, almost so far out that folk never quite knew where they were when they stumbled into her cottage. When I say stumbled it …

Monday Rewrite: A Splashing Clash

Peter is a natural leader, he’s spent three years sparring with Jesus, trying to show him the better way. Now here he is again, butting up against Jesus’s way. The …