Short Dramatic Scripts for the Worship Service

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Short Dramatic Scripts

for the Worship Service

I enjoy writing for actors! Over 20 full-length scripts for musical theatre presentations of the Gospel bear my name. Also, over the years I have written for Christian actors enabling them to use their craft to enhance the impact of public worship services.

Readers’ Theatre Pieces

A Prayer for our Sanctuary

  • A corporate prayer of intercession for the effectiveness of the local church
  • Is effective as the beginning or ending of a prayer service

The Citizen Soldier

  • A patriotic tribute to the men and women who have secured our liberties in history and today.
  • An excellent addition to Memorial Day weekend worship, Independence Day services
  • The tech team will enjoy composing a slide presentation to match these words and images.

Empty Hearts, Empty Lives, Empty Pews

  • A prayerful presentation of the passions and priorities that will make your church an effectivut e force for the Kingdom of God in your community.
  • A prophetic call to compassion for the lost and the hurting.

The Hammers and the House

  • In the form of a child’s story, this parable reveals the necessity of unity in public worship.
  •  An imaginative appeal to peace among the generations.

Jesus, Champion of the Ages

  • High sounding praise for the Victor—Jesus Christ!
  • Perfect for Easter Sunday on the high end or Super Bowl Sunday on the other end.

Mary, Martha and Lazarus

  • A compelling view of Jesus through the eyes of this little family, to prominent in the Gospel Story and so import to Jesus as He walked the earth.
  • Like us, Lazarus is caught between the examples found in his sisters: Mary the worshiper and Martha the worker.

Dramatic Monologues
David and Goliath

  • King David, near the end of his life, speaks to Solomon about true leadership.
  • As David tells the story of his battle with the giant, he transforms back to his youthful self and then back to his elderly self at the end–a challenge for any actor.

The Gospel According to Mary: the Birth

  • The elderly Mary tells the Christmas story to an unseen group of friends.
  • It is clear that she is not a god to be worshiped or prayed to, but an ordinary woman who was chosen for an extraordinary task.

Jonah, Bigot on the Mend

  • The Prophet Jonah is called of God but is also laden with racial prejudice against the people he is supposed to reach.
  • An excellent piece to approach prejudice from an unusual perspective.

Mary, Mother of Jesus: the Resurrection

  • Mother Mary early in the morning of the third day after the burial of Jesus.
  • With additional material (supplied) can be used as part two of The Gospel According to Mary.

Molly Vanderville Tate

  • The rare comedic monologue for church.
  • The people will love Mary, a WW2 era British Lady who married an American pilot.


  • The leader of the Apostles tells his version of the Pentecost story.
  • He relates the ancient story to the needs of the church today.

Short Plays
Betrayed in the Name

  • 10 minutes
  • 5 men, 3 women
  • Explores the irony of Christians betraying Jews to the Nazis

The Seeker (Christmas Version)

  • 25 minutes
  • 5 men, 1 woman
  • An honest reporter investigates the Christmas story
  • In his mind, the characters from the Nativity speak with him.
  • An excellent examination of the truth of Christmas for the secular mind.

The Seeker ( Easter Season Version)

  • 50 minutes
  • 8 men, 5 women (most are 3-5 minute scenes)
  • An honest reporter investigates the Jesus story
  • In an extended dream, the characters from the Bible speak with him.
  • An excellent examination of the truth of the Gospel of Christ for the secular mind.

The Story’s not about the Son

  • 7-10 minutes
  • 5 men, 3 women
  • A modern news crew investigates the return of a notorious millionaire’s son.
  • Gradually the report realizes that the real story is about the Father.

Welcome to America

  • 5 minutes
  • 1 man, 1 woman
  • A father meets his daughter who has just arrived in NYC
  • They anticipate the blessings of their new-found liberty.

Hammer of Justice

  • 60 minutes
  • 11 men, 1 woman
  • A political look at the conspiracy against Jesus
  • The theme of injustice and true justice is presented in all its irony.
  • Music Pastors can add songs to the narrative to comment on the action.
  • A clear presentation of the Gospel.

It is time to show the story! May the Lord bless you and your theatre company!


Semper Reformanda!
Stephen Phifer
© 2016 Stephen R. Phifer All Rights Reserved

Short Dramatic Scripts for the Worship Service

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