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Monday Rewrite

Monday Rewrite

Familiar Bible passages, seen with new creative eyes

Monday Rewrite: Railway Girl

She stirs the coffee in front of her until the froth has dissipated and it looks nothing special. She watches the trains going in and out, in and out. Trains … Read on

Monday Rewrite: The Weather Forecast

‘And now for the weather forecast. Tonight there’ll be storms and rain, gusts of high winds, and some thunder and lightning. We advise not going out unless you really have … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Tom the TV Gardener

Tom the TV Gardener addresses the audience with the following monologue, as if presenting his TV programme. He holds a packet of tiny seeds in his hand. ‘Hello again, Tom … Read on

Monday Rewrite: In The Closet

Steve used the closet first, as the most impetuous of the flatmates he was bound to really. He snuck into the spare room late one night and shoved his disappointment … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Two Men

One night two men met as they wandered through heaven. ‘I used to dream a lot,’ one said. ‘So did I,’ said the other. ‘And I went to Egypt once,’ … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Making Way

Doesn’t look very spiritual or seem very holy. There’s sweat and dust and grim, grunting and huffing. There are toes stubbed and fingers trapped. The older ones have to stop … Read on

Monday Rewrite: The Street Party

Merchant. Where is it? Woman. Where’s what? Merchant. You know, the party. Woman. What party? Merchant. The street party. Woman. Well, there’s bit of a fuss going on over there, … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Life!

Her head is spinning. The colours colliding in her brain. She gasps as she runs, keeps glancing back to see if she can still see him. Half an hour ago … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Fish and Fig Sarnies

‘Right, listen up,’ says Peter to the assembled bunch of perfect, 1st century, post-Day of Pentecost disciples, ‘you know this perfect 1st Century, post-Day of Pentecost church we go to? … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Naomi’s Things

‘A few things I did not see… Two figures as close as breathing in the dark of night. A whispered hopeful conversation on a threshing floor. Leftover food discarded at … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Here Again – A Confession

We are here again Lord, With our memories and recollections of last week. Our mistakes, problems, fears and regrets, Hopes, victories, achievements and meanderings. It’s who we are, Frail, vulnerable, … Read on

Monday Rewrite: The Invisible God

He stands and stares at the skyline. Nothing. Not even tumbleweed floating by. Just an inner nudge, an elbow digging into the ribs of his soul, urging him on. If … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Psalm 51 Revisited

A prayer based on Psalm 51:1-12 Dear Lord, Life ambushes us, It’s the nature of things. This broken world side-tracks and distracts us, It is full of traps, temptations and … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Fresh Bread

He stared at the rocks, long and hard, heard the growling rumble in his stomach. They were the precise shape and size, would perfectly satisfy his hunger. In an instant … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Lifted Up

Drawing on Numbers 21 vv 4-9, John 3 vv 14-21 Jesus looks at Nicodemus with compassion in his eyes, And his mind wanders back to that story he knows so … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Exuberant

And so the list begins. A way of life, a way of respect, A code of honour and health. Yet more – a description Of the God they serve, The … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Identity

The Lord spoke to Abram and Sarai And he changed their names, Seeing a new man, and a new woman, Seeing the people he had created, Seeing beyond the front … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Holy Ground

(A prayer drawing on Exodus 3 vv 1-10) As we stroll, bumble and hurry Through the land of our daily lives, Doing the things we must do, The things we … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Empty

We so often feel we must come to You With the right words, the right feelings, The right account of ourselves from the last week. To be so spiritual, so … Read on

Saturday Rewrite: Special Delivery

The Jones family were sad and frustrated that Christmas Eve. Sniping at one another, no one in a festive mood, it felt like it had been a bad year without … Read on

Thursday Rewrite: No New King

From our reporter in Bethlehem. There is talk of a new king in town, but it isn’t going to happen, I can assure you. Herod won’t stand for any competition. … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Two Sisters

Drawing on John 11 vv 20-29 Two sisters trapped in a painful wilderness, There was a brother too but he has gone, That’s why they are in this wilderness. Those … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Keeping Going (A Prayer)

Lord so many have served you down the years – Standing tall, taking risks, their heads above life’s parapet. Some trusted and saw miracles, Some trusted and gave everything for … Read on

Thursday Extra: In The Shadows

It was Christmas Eve, and a dark one at that for Nat Wyldwink. As he trudged home in the half-light he kept glancing to his right and left, his shadow … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Packed Lunch

He knows they’ll need something for the journey. The road is hard out there, the weather can be unkind, and as for some of the fellow travellers…well. He knows they … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Longing

We long for you Lord, Our prayers rise up, Spoken and unspoken. Like something broken longing to be mended, Like bad news longing for good, Like discordant noise longing for … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Jesus’s Manifesto

A reading based on the words of Isaiah 61 vv 1-4 and Luke 4 vv 14-21. Jesus looked at the faces before him. A crowd of questioning, hopeful, wondering, curious, … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Paul and Silas in Prison

A responsive story about Paul and Silas, a prison, and an earthquake! Taken from Acts chapter 16 verses 16-34. Teach the audience/congregation the 6 words and responses in bold below, … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Advent Creed

We believe in God the Father, creator of heaven and earth. The one who is full of patience, who is not afraid of silence, who does not need to fill … Read on

Monday Rewrite: 30 Years

There were nights, so many night, when she would slip close to his bed and just stand there, watching him sleep, startling him sometimes on the occasions when he woke … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Traps and Taxes

Narrator: The Pharisees continued their ploys to try and trap Jesus. Pharisee: Teacher, we know you are a man of great integrity. You are very honest and always tell the … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Nine Nails

He had a dream last night. The usual one. He’s standing at the foot of three crosses and the middle one is empty. Who was supposed to be on it? … Read on

Saturday Extra: Face to Face

I saw him in a bar, didn’t like the look of him at all, wasn’t what I was expecting. Hair a little too ragged, a little too long. He’d shaved … Read on

Monday Rewrite: No Feelgood End??

From our reporter in Jerusalem. It would surely be the most incredible ending in all history if the carpenter from Nazareth should somehow walk away alive and well from his … Read on

Thursday Extra: Two Famous Men

Two famous men, both wanted, both guilty. By the end of the day one will be dead, the other never more alive. The first guilty man wakes, sits up, feels … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Mind Fields

The other night I took a ramble through your mind while you went for a wander through mine. Afterwards we sat in silence for a while, a little in awe, … Read on

Friday Extra: Tale of Tales

As I was out walking one day I came across a boy fleeing home towards a risky adventure, his pockets stuffed with his father’s cash. I climbed a fence and … Read on

Monday Rewrite: The Artist

I interviewed him lying on his side. Literally. He refused to go to a bar or a coffee shop. Either I lie down in the dirt next to him, or … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Faces

Moses, the reluctant follower, The one who thought his life was over, Out there tending sheep in the desert, Got a shock. Went to look at a few flames and … Read on

Monday Rewrite: The Farmer

A reading or solo mime. Click below to play the track. I was out a-walking, (Walk on, stop, look at audience) Just the other day – When I saw a … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Grumpy Old Sinners

The parables Jesus told were often surprising and humorous, taking the listener in unexpected directions, challenging their preconceptions about life and God. With that in mind, here’s a story which … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Jonah’s Stop Off

The prophet Jonah wandered aimlessly through the streets of his old home town. Before long a crowd gathered around him. And the comments came thick and fast. – Hey Jonah! … Read on

Monday Rewrite: The Biggest Message

Disciple Andrew wonders if Jesus has gone too far. – Jesus, I’m a bit worried – What about Andrew? – I think, well I sort of… you know… wonder if… … Read on

Monday Rewrite: Who Knew?

Who knows what they saw? Those soldiers, hammers in hand, flecks of blood on their cheeks, still fresh, still warm. Who knows what made them stop and reassess. Just another … Read on