A Matter of Praise
Glenn A. Hascall
Introduction from the Editor …
Glenn A. Hascall has given us this lovely blending of Psalms and some New Testament verses for this Reader’s Theatre script centered on praise, just in time for Thanksgiving. For general reader’s theatre, the actors are dressed in neutral black costumes, have the script in front of them (usually in a black notebook) and read their parts from locations on the stage. There is no blocking and they do not interact with each other but address the audience with their lines.
You’ll note, however, in this script there is a slight bit of choreography where actors move on lines and form different configurations, and at one point the readers do address each other instead of the audience. This reinforces some thematic concerns of the script, but largely keeps the atmosphere and feeling created by the Reader’s Theatre style.
A Reader's Theater script dealing with the subject of praise, seeking to define it and make it's practice more understandable. May find uses in both a praise service or as a special Thanksgiving reading.
CAST: Three readers (not gender specific)
(At Start: Three readers are in separate areas of the stage, #1 is Upstage, slightly off center, #2 is Downstage right, #3 is stage left center – all are facing out to the audience.)
Reader 1: Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Reader 2: Worthy of praise?
Reader 3: What is praise?
Reader 1: Something you provide to someone whom you believe to have value or worth.
Reader 2: Offering praise begins with a sense of awe.
Reader 3: And wonder.
Reader 1: Praise.
Reader 2: Praise the LORD, everything He has created, everywhere in His Kingdom. As for me--I, too, will praise the LORD.
Reader 3: Many praise God for His wonderful attributes.
Reader 1: The qualities that make up His wondrous character.
Reader 2: Majesty.
Reader 3: Glory
Reader 1: Holiness
Reader 2: More often, God is praised for what He has done.
Reader 3: The work of creation.
Reader 1: The work of divine intervention.
Reader 2: The work of mankind's redemption.
Reader 2: Praise is expressed first as an inward emotion
Reader 3: Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again--rejoice!
Reader 1: Praise is the music of the soul
Reader 2: That never finds adequate verbal expression.
Reader 3: But our mouths work hard to express the overwhelming joy we find in praising our Creator.
Reader 1: I have not kept this good news hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
Reader 2: Praising God is something we are comfortable allowing other people to hear us do.
Reader 3: Praise is found in prayer
Reader 1: In sacrifice.
Reader 2: In testimony.
All: And in Song.
Reader 3: He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded.
Reader 1: Praise invites others to join in.
Reader 2: Praise desires clear recognition of the Sustainer of all life.
Reader 3: Praise is also our highest calling.
Reader 1: "Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors God. If you keep to His path, He will reveal to you the salvation of God."
Reader 2: Praise.
Reader 3: Gratitude.
Reader 1: Thanksgiving.
Reader 2: What if I fail to praise?
Reader 3: I withhold glory that rightfully belongs to God
Reader 1: I forget His mercies.
Reader 2: I am ungrateful for His mercies.
(All turn into each other)
All: So we DO praise.
Reader 2: I sow the seed of gratitude.
Reader 3: I form a habit of praise.
Reader 1: Wake up, my soul!
Reader 2: Praise the LORD, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.
Reader 3: Praise the LORD, I tell myself, and never forget the good things He does for me.
Reader 1: He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
Reader 2: He ransoms me from death and surrounds me with love and tender mercies.
All: He fills my life with good things.
(On their lines, each reader turns in and steps closer so that they begin to congregate downstage center by their final line)
Reader 3: I will praise you among the nations; I will sing joyfully to your name.
Reader 1: I will praise him from the bottom of my heart:
Reader 2: I will praise you before all the people.
Reader 3: I will praise you, my God and King,
Reader 1: I will praise you forever.
Reader 2: I will praise the LORD as long as I live.
Reader 3: I will sing praises to my God even with my dying breath.
Reader 1: I will praise you, LORD, with songs.
Reader 2: I will praise the LORD's name for saving me.
Reader 3: I will praise you with songs of joy.
(1,2,3 are now in a tight triangle – two downstage one each left and right, the third slightly upstage of the other two)
(All Readers look up)
All: We will praise You.
Some of the verses used in this script were Phil 4:8, Psalm 103:22, Phil. 4:4, Psalm 40:10, Psalm 40:3, Psalm 57:8, Psalm 103:1-5.
Glenn Hascall is a twice-published author, avid amateur photographer and a happy Papa and Hubby. He is the Director of Christian Media, Inc, and in his spare time, he sleeps. To find out more about his ministries, visit www.kcmi.cc You may reach Glenn at email@example.com.
"Think These Things" Photo by Glenn Hascall
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