Hope Scripts

This simple skit features Elizabeth and Zechariah, who has been unable to speak since the angel told him about the miraculous conception of their son, John the Baptist. Works well as part of an Advent service focused on hope.

Actors: 2 Minutes: 4

This Advent skit focuses on Mary and Joseph, as they share the story of Jesus' miraculous conception. This can stand alone or be used after “Communication Failure” in the Advent weeks preceding Christmas.

Actors: 2 Minutes: 4

When she stood accused and awaited the consequence of death, the woman caught in adultery encountered Jesus, who showed her mercy. She recounts this story and draws the connection between her own accusers, and those who brought Jesus to the cross. When he shouted, “It is finished,” she remarks that it was not Jesus who was finished, but rather something was accomplished—restored.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 3

When her brother Lazarus died, Martha felt as though Jesus had abandoned them. She believed Lazarus was gone forever. However, the words Jesus said from the cross about feeling forsaken by God may have connected with how Martha felt on a deeper level. The reflections from Martha help us consider how we can hope for a different ending in our story, even when we feel forsaken.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 3

When Becky finds a Valentine card she wrote to God as a 7-year-old, she reflects on how much easier it seemed to love God and to know that He loved her. She remembers that God loves her, no matter what.

Actors: 2 Minutes: 3

This series consists of 5 scripts; The Prophet’s Candle (symbolizing Hope), The Bethlehem Candle (symbolizing Faith), The Shepherd’s Candle (symbolizing Joy), The Angel’s Candle (symbolizing Peace), The Christ Candle (symbolizing Love). They can be performed all at once as one large Christmas production with the lighting of each Advent candle after the correlating script or they can be performed one at a time, correlating with the weekly lighting of an Advent Candle, with the 5th and final candle being lit at a Christmas Day or Christmas Eve service.

Actors: 4-19 Minutes: 3 each

Jenny is worked up about all the Christmas details she needs to get in place, like presents and lights and a Christmas Eve bounce house. Vanessa tries to remind her that the nativity and the hope of Jesus' birth are what need to be the focus instead.

Actors: 2 Minutes: 3

This Readers Theater helps usher in the Advent season, recounting the story of Anna, a faithful elderly woman who saw the Hope of the world wrapped in swaddling clothes. Works beautifully as a lead-in to lighting the candle of hope.

Actors: 2 Minutes: 3

In this skit, a news anchor contemplates her desire to report hope and peace rather than death and destruction. Can be a stand-alone or accompany two other scripts: Christmas News and Good News for a Weary World.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 3

There is no grave that can hold Jesus! Celebrate the risen Savior on Easter morning with this anthem video, where we’re reminded of the miraculous resurrection of the Son of God, who came to die for each of us.

Actors: 4 Minutes: 2

With their hopes dashed, the disciples are hiding out together in a house in Jerusalem after the crucifixion. Terrified and unsure what to do, they plan to head back to Galilee under the cover of night to avoid arrest. But then Mary Magdalene comes with news that’s too good to be true: The tomb is empty. Either Jesus is alive, or Mary’s gone crazy.

Actors: 5 Minutes: 4

A show called The Crazy Truth is the setting in this interactive skit, where Professor Imani and his sidekick, Zaney, use their “celebration machine” to help audiences understand why we celebrate what Jesus did on the cross. Note: This is Day 5, if you are using The Crazy Truth series.

Actors: 8 Minutes: 8

This Reader’s Theater script helps to bring hope to tragic events like the shootings in Las Vegas. It urges audiences to remember what happened and to remember God’s sovereignty the next time something terrible happens.

Actors: 3 Minutes: 3

A discouraged believer writes a letter to find encouragement and peace during the Christmas season in a crazy, mixed-up world.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 3

There are just three things that you need to survive after you graduate. And it’s not pizza, money or a good job...

Actors: 3 Minutes: 2

After surviving a suicide attempt, a girl questions her future and relationship with God. This sketch was used as an intro to Ruth 1 to help the audience identify with Naomi and her feeling that God's hand was against her.

Actors: 1 Minutes: 3