252 Basics Family Experience Compact March 2016 – Week 3
Week 3 – PowerUp
The Greatest Story Ever Told!
Bible Story: The Greatest Story Ever Told! (Crucifixion) • John 18–19
Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember God is still at work.
Life App: Hope—believing that something good can come out of something bad.
Widget: Hope by the Dozen
Welcome/Intro Credible Host enters.
Welcome! Welcome! Hello, everybody! How’s everyone doing today? (Pause for response.) Great! My name is [Credible Host’s name], and I’d like to welcome you to today’s [name of your FX], especially if you’re here for the first time! This is the place where kids bring their parents to learn. Yes, I said that right. It’s where KIDS bring their PARENTS to learn. And we learn about Life Apps. Basically, Life Apps are things that God does in us to change the world around us. BUT don’t worry—we have a lot of fun here. Of course, we don’t let anything TOO weird happen.
Suddenly, Comic Host runs in. His arms are hanging completely limp by his sides. He runs around screaming and flailing his arms randomly. COMIC HOST
Comic Host finally stops running and gathers his breath. CREDIBLE HOST
You know that comment I just made about nothing TOO weird happening?
[Credible Host’s name]! I am freaking out!
Comic Host moves toward Credible Host, arms still limp and flailing. COMIC HOST
Seriously, [Credible Host’s name], I need your help.
What’s wrong with your arms?
I DON’T KNOW! I was taking a nap backstage and when I woke up I couldn’t use them. Look.
Comic Host whips his arms around repeatedly.
[Comic Host’s name] … [COMIC HOST’S NAME]! (Grab Comic Host’s arms.) It’s okay. I think I know what’s going on here. Are your arms a little tingly?
Does it feel like there are a thousand little blades of grass poking them?
And does it almost tickle when you try to move them?
YES! [CREDIBLE HOST’S NAME], WHAT IS THIS HORRIBLE MALADY—THIS HORRIBLE AILMENT THAT HAS BECOME A POX UPON ME?
Well, [Comic Host’s name], it seems as though you slept on your arms funny and they are simply “asleep.”
Asleep? (Start yelling at shoulders.) HEY! HEY, ARMS! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! (Try to move arms.) Nothing’s happening, [Credible Host’s name]! NOTHING’S HAPPENING! THIS IS IT! MY ARMS ARE ASLEEP FOREVER! I’LL NEVER DANCE THE DISCO AGAIN!
Dance the disco?
Yeah, you know … HIT IT!
SFX: “Do the Hustle” by The Old Sound Night Band
LIGHTING: Disco lighting (optional; achieve this however you wish) Comic Host starts to try and do several disco moves that involve using the hands. COMIC HOST (CONT’D)
AND HOW WILL I EAT? HOW I WILL I DRINK?
Comic Host runs and grabs a nearby cup of water. He tries to “sling” it up to his mouth but, of course, the water goes everywhere. COMIC HOST
This is horrible. I’ll never move my arms again!
[Comic Host’s name], I assure you this is only temporary.
TEMPORARY?! Look at my arms.
Comic Host flails his arms around wildly again.
I know. I know it’s uncomfortable now. But you just need to … you know what? I think this would be a perfect time to go over this month’s Life App.
OH, I’LL REVEAL IT! (Run to the Life App wall.) I … I … I CAN’T EVEN REVEAL THE LIFE APP!
It’s okay, buddy. I got it. Okay, everyone. If you know this month’s Life App, yell it out at the top of your lungs! Ready? One, two, three!
CG: Hope Definition CREDIBLE HOST (CONT’D)
Hope is believing something good can come out of something bad. Excellent. Now, just the parents say it with me! Hope is believing something good can come out of something bad. Great job.
That’s a great definition.
BUT WHAT ABOUT MY ARMS?!
Listen, I know this seems bad now, but honestly, your arms will get better.
But what good comes out of this?
Well, maybe it’ll help you remember how blessed you are to have your arms working again. Sometimes bad things can help us remember how good some of the little things we take for granted are.
Look, buddy, just give it time. But, in the meantime, anything I can do for you?
Could you make me a coffee?
They start to exit.
And could you feed it to me?
And then could you brush my teeth afterward?
Media Time Video
CG: “Live Loud” video from Get REEL 2.0, vol. 19
Note: Today’s Word will be told using “sound jars.” Collect eight jars or containers in varying sizes and styles and place them on a table or other location where the Storyteller can easily reach them. At key points in the story, Storyteller will open each individual jar, “releasing” a sound. All sound effects are provided. Lighting is also important in today’s story. Place six lamps of different heights and styles around the stage. All lights should start at full, but Storyteller will slowly turn them off until the room is dim by the end. If you have a large room with stage or room lighting that can be incrementally shifted, lower it slightly each time a lamp is turned off.
SFX: Your “Word” music Stagehands set sound jars and lamps. Storyteller enters. STORYTELLER
Welcome to Word! I love this part of the day, because we get to dig straight into God’s story and see what He has to say about our Life App. You remember what we’re talking about this month. Let’s hear it again.
CG: Hope Definition STORYTELLER (CONT’D)
Hope is believing that something good can come out of something bad. It’s true! I believe it with all my heart. But exploring hope means going into the darkness first. That’s why today’s story is difficult. I promise it’s got a good ending. But you aren’t going to hear it … yet.
SFX: “Adagio for Strings” by your choice of artists Note: The music should be played softly underneath the story through to the end. If you have trouble running both music and SFX through your sound system, consider using a phone or MP3 player with Wi-Fi speakers onstage for the sound jar SFX. STORYTELLER (CONT’D)
Jesus was in Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover feast with His friends. But the religious leaders didn’t like what He was teaching. They’d been trying to find a way to take Him down for a long time. And they finally got their chance when Jesus’ close friend Judas promised to help them arrest Jesus. You know what Judas got out of it?
Open first sound jar. SFX: Clinking silver coins STORYTELLER (CONT’D)
Thirty silver coins. Jesus was betrayed by one of His best friends for a few weeks’ pay. Things were starting to look dark.
Turn off one light. STORYTELLER (CONT’D)
After Jesus and His friends ate the Passover meal together, they went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. That’s when soldiers came to arrest Jesus!
Open second sound jar.SFX: Soldiers marching/angry shouts
The soldiers hauled Jesus away to stand trial before the high priest.
Turn off second light. STORYTELLER (CONT’D)
During the trial, fake witnesses made up lies about Jesus. Outside, Jesus’ friend Peter warmed himself by a fire, waiting to see what would happen.
Open third sound jar. SFX: Hissing fire STORYTELLER (CONT’D)
Three different times, people asked Peter if he was a friend of Jesus. And three times, Peter said no! Jesus was being deserted by everyone—even His closest friend.
Turn off third light. STORYTELLER (CONT’D)
The high priest sent Jesus to the Roman governor, Pilate, hoping that Pilate would sentence Jesus to die. Pilate talked to Jesus and couldn’t find that He had done anything wrong! But the angry crowd outside didn’t want to let Jesus go free.
Jesus, God’s own Son, was left hanging on a cross. The darkness was closing in.
Turn off fifth light.
Bystanders mocked and challenged Jesus. “He saved others. … But he can’t save himself!” they laughed (Matthew 27:42, NIrV). The Roman soldiers even played games while they sat around.
Open seventh sound jar. SFX: Rattling dice STORYTELLER (CONT’D)
They rolled dice to see who would get Jesus’ robe! And even though it was the middle of the day, deep darkness covered the land.
Turn off sixth light. The room should now be very dim. STORYTELLER (CONT’D)
At last, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “It is finished!” (John 19:30, NIrV) Then … He died.
Open eighth sound jar. SFX: Cracking sound like an earthquake STORYTELLER (CONT’D)
The earth shook. It was the darkest moment the world has ever known. God’s own Son was dead. (Beat.) Jesus’ friends were devastated. They couldn’t see how God could bring any good from the most terrible thing to ever happen.
There was still hope, because in the middle of the worst thing ever, God was about to do the most amazing thing ever. I bet you have an idea of what that is. But for now, remember this: No matter what difficult thing you’re facing, it’s not too big for God. He is still at work. And He can still make something good come out of it, even if it takes longer than you think it should. Let’s pray.
SFX: Your “prayer” music STORYTELLER (CONT’D)
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us and always being with us, no matter how difficult things may seem. Please help us to believe You can always bring something good out of something bad for those who love You. Please help us to encourage the people around us with this hope, too. It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
SFX: Your “Word” music
Landing & Announcements
So let’s just lay it out there. Bad things happen sometimes. And often, those bad things happen unexpectedly. And they make us sad. They can even make us a little afraid. The disciples felt that way when they saw their leader, Jesus, die. Which is … well, really scary. I mean, in their minds, everything was OVER! Nothing good could come out of such a horrible situation. But here’s the thing about God that we should never forget. GOD is ALWAYS at work. Even when things look bad, when things look dark, when it seems like there is NO hope, GOD is still working. And I hope that each of us can find hope in that, even in the toughest of times. Now, I know we left Word today with a little bit of a cliffhanger, but you just have to come back next week, because you don’t want to miss the incredible way this story ends!
Credible Host invites parents and kids back and promotes resources.