Puppet Parables

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Welcome to the Lehigh Valley Baptist Church tent! Unless youíve been here for a while, then thanks for sticking around. Itís time for our puppet show. (pause) And I guess Iím the only puppet here right now, so sit back and Iíll tell you a story.

Part 1


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Hereís a story about my great-great-great-and a few more greats-grandfather. Now, he was on my mother Bettyís side of the family, so he was English. In his city they did things a bit different then everywhere else. Every week they picked some person living in the city to be king. Just for the week. They figured kings donít really do anything anyway Ė and if they were only king for a week, how much harm could they do. Well, they found out.
Arty:
Hello, you over there?
Lance:
Yes?
Arty:
Thatís quite a nice kingdom you have there.
Lance:
Yes it is. Who are you?
Arty:
Iím king Arty.
Lance:
Oh thatís right, itís Monday, you must be this weekís king.
Arty:
Right you are.
Lance:
Well, have a nice week. Anything I could help with?
Arty:
I donít know, itís my first time being King.
Lance:
Oh, that makes sense, you didnít look familiar.
Arty:
Well, Iím just getting used to the whole thing.
Lance:
Yes, it can take some time.
Arty:
Iíll be seeing you.
Lance:
Sure thing, letís do lunch.
Arty:
Thatíd be smashing.
Lance:
Later this week then.
Arty:
Sure thing.
Nar:
That was Monday. By Wednesday great grandfather Arty was pretty comfortable being king, and he called to the king across the river Ė Lance.
Arty:
Hello Ė Lance Ė are you over there?
Lance:
Sure am. Wonderful lunch yesterday.
Arty:
Glad you enjoyed it.
Lance:
Is there something I can do for you?
Arty:
Just one thing.
Lance:
Smashing, what is it?
Arty:
Iím going to attack you.
Lance:
Say what?
Arty:
War, Iím going to war with you.
Lance:
You sure you know what youíre doing?
Arty:
This is what kings do Ė right?
Lance:
Sometimes.
Arty:
Well, Iíd better get ready.
Nar:
But great grandfather Arty didnít know what he was doing.
(clang, clang, clang)
Arty:
Ah, youíre a good swordfighter Lance.
(clang, clang)
Lance:
Youíre not that bad yourself.
Arty:
Thank you.
(clang, clang, clang)
Lance:
My army is going to trounce yours you know.
(clang)
Arty:
No, my army will beat yours.
(clang, clang)
Lance:
Arty, you only have 300 men in your army.
(clang)
Arty:
Yes, I know that.
(clang, clang)
Lance:
I have 3000.
(clang)
Arty:
You do?
(clang, clang)
Lance:
Yes.
(clang, clang, clang)
Arty:
Then how will I beat you?
(clang, clang)
Lance:
Itís simple, you wonít.
Nar:
It was at this point that the people of great grandfatherís city realized what a silly idea it was to have a new king every week. It was also at this moment when great grandfather realized how silly it was for a king to go to war without first making sure he could win. Now let me tell you about great uncle Patrick. He was on my fatherís side, but he was different from the rest of the family, he was the only Irishman in our family. He was also a builder, and one day Count Bellavich came to him and asked him to build a tower.
Count:
Patrick, I need you to build a tower.
Patrick:
Aye, not a problem, where do you want it built?
Count:
Right over there.
Patrick:
Iíll start on it right a way Count Bellavich.
Count:
If you need anything let me know, hereís some money.
Nar:
So great uncle Patrick took the Countís money and started building the tower. First he dug a big tower-sized hole in the ground, so the tower would have a tower-worthy basement. Then he built a foundation, and made it nice and strong, so the tower wouldnít fall down. And then he went back to the count.
Count:
How is the tower coming along Patrick?
Patrick:
Oh, itís coming along fine Count Bellavich.
Count:
Thatís just great.
Patrick:
Weíve built the foundation and weíre ready to start on the first floor of your gigantic tower.
Count:
I can hardly wait.
Patrick:
You wonít have to wait long, I just need one thing.
Count:
Whatís that?
Patrick:
Money.
Count:
Money? But I gave you money.
Patrick:
Count Bellavich, that was only enough to built the foundation, just enough to start building the tower. It wasnít enough to finish it.
Count:
Not enough to finish it?
Patrick:
No, you should have known that when you asked me to build it. You never figured out what it would cost?
Count:
Not really.
Patrick:
Well, Iím sorry Count Bellavich, but thatís all the tower you get then.
Nar:
Great uncle Patrick learned two things that day. First, never work for Count Bellavich. Second, no one should start a building without first making sure they can finish it. Why did I tell you these stories? If you read your Bible you will find some stories that Jesus told. He called them parables. He told these stories to help people understand some very important things. Once Jesus talked about how a king wouldnít go to war without first making sure his army was big enough to win, and how a man wouldnít build a tower without first making sure he had enough money to finish it. Now just like no one builds a tower without knowing they can finish it, or goes to war without knowing they can win, no person can become a Christian without out first finding out what being a Christian really is.
Nar:
My father made sure I understood that. I was a very inquisitive child. I asked a lot of questions.
Kid:
Daddy, why is the sky blue?
Nar:
You see what I mean? But my father was a very patient man, and he tried to answer my questions. Sometimes he would let me help him when he worked around the house. One day he was out planting seeds and I went along. He spread seed over the whole field, and then we went home. A few months later I was out in that field with him again.
Kid:
Daddy, what happened to the seeds that fell right here?
Father:
Son, the ground here is hard, because we walk on it. The seed didnít even get into the ground. The birds found the seeds and ate them.
Kid:
Oh, okay, what happened to the seed over there?
Father:
That ground is pretty stony, thereís not a lot of dirt there. Those seeds sprung up fast, but since they were in shallow ground, they died just as fast.
Kid:
What about the ones in the weeds over there?
Father:
Those seeds grew, but all those weeds grew too, so the good plants died.
Kid:
But then why did you spread the seed?
Father:
Look over there Ė thatís all the good ground the seed feel onto.
Kid:
Oh.
Father:
When it fell on the good ground it grew up big, and in a few months weíre going to harvest it.
Nar:
He showed me all that for a reason. He said that Jesus told a story Ė a parable Ė about a farmer that sowed seed, just like my father. He said the seed is like the Word of God, and the different ground is like different people. My father told me about a girl Ė someone tried to give her a little book that talked about the Bible. But before they could explain she just said:
Girl:
No, Iím sorry, nowís a bad time. Come back later.
Nar:
That was like the hard ground. Later someone invited her out to Church, at first she was excited:
Girl:
Oh, Church? That sounds interesting.
Nar:
But that didnít last long.
Girl:
Sunday morning. No, I canít do that, thatís when I get to sleep in.
Nar:
That was the shallow, rocky ground. Then a friend of gave her a Bible to read, and told her it was important to know what the Bible says:
Girl:
Thank you so much, Iíll read it everyday. I need to know what the Bible says.
Nar:
But when her friend asked her about it later:
Girl:
I havenít had a chance to read it yet. Iím just so busy. Iíll get to it someday. I think I remember where I put it.
Nar:
And that was the ground with all the weeds. But then he told me about another girl. Someone asked her if she would like to know more about the Bible.
Girl:
The Bible, yes, I would like to know more about what it says. I have some time now, could you tell me?
Nar:
And then she was invited out to Church.
Girl:
Oh, I really want to come to church. I usually sleep in on Sundays, but this is more important than doing that.
Nar:
And then she was given a Bible.
Girl:
Iím going to read it everyday. I want to know what it has to say about me, and what I need to do.
Nar:
And she really did. That was the good ground. My dad explained all this to me because he wanted me to be good ground, receptive ground, he wanted me to let the Word of God effect my life. And thatís why I tell these stories Ė these parables Ė to you. A king wonít go to war unless his army can win, a man wonít build a town unless he can pay for it, and a person canít become a Christian, unless they find out what being a Christian really is. And you can only do that if your life is good ground for the Word of God.

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Part 2


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Jesus told three stories Ė or parables Ė about things that were lost. One was about a lost coin. That story reminds me of my mother. Her name is Betty, but all us kids call her mom. I remember, when I was a little kid, one day she made cupcakes. Now, I loved cupcakes and I really wanted to eat them.
Kid:
Mommy, can I have the cupcakes?
Mom:
All of them?
Kid:
Yup.
Mom:
Nope.
Kid:
Okay, can I have one of them.
Mom:
Not right now, Iím looking for something really important.
Kid:
What are you looking for?
Mom:
I'm looking for a credit card, I must have dropped it somewhere. I hope itís in the house.
Kid:
But didnít dad say we should get rid of all the credit cards?
Mom:
This isnít what he meant.
Kid:
Oh, okay. Donít you have other credit cards?
Mom:
Well, yes, but each one is important. I donít want to loose any of them.
Kid:
Okay. Can I have a cupcake now?
Mom:
No, not right now. Why donít you help me look?
Kid:
Okay.
Mom:
Where is itÖI canít believe I lost itÖ
Kid:
Is a credit card like a rectangle?
Mom:
Yes.
Kid:
Oh, is it blue.
Mom:
Yes.
Kid:
Whatís on it?
Mom:
My name is on it. Did you find it?
Kid:
No. This one says Betty Ormsbauch, your name is mom.
Mom:
Wait, thatís my card. Thank you honey, Iím so glad you found it.
Kid:
Me too.
Mom:
Oh, Iím so glad we found it. We should celebrate.
Kid:
Celebrate?
Mom:
Yes, and I know just how to do it.
Kid:
How?
Mom:
With a cupcake.
Nar:
Jesus told a parable about a woman who lost a coin, and searched all over her house until she found it. And when she did find it, she rejoiced. Jesus also told a parable about a man with a flock of sheep. 100 sheep to be exact. One of the sheep was lost, and although the man had 99 safe and sound, back in is fold, the man searched and searched until he found that one lost sheep. Jesus told one more parable about something that was lost, but first let me tell you about my uncle Larry, and his daughter. Uncle Larry was very rich, and his daughter Ė my cousin Ė loved going to the circus. So one day my cousin decided it was time for her to leave.
Daughter:
Dad!
Larry:
Yes daughter?
Daughter:
Dad, itís time I left.
Larry:
Were do you plan on going?
Daughter:
Iíve always loved the circus, so I plan on following it from town to town so I can see the circus everyday.
Larry:
But how will you afford that?
Daughter:
Iíve come to ask for my inheritance Dad. Just give me my share of your fortune now.
Larry:
If thatís really what you want.
Daughter:
It is.
Nar:
So my Uncle Larry gave her share of the inheritance to his daughter. And she went from town to town, going to the circus every day, eating pretzels and cotton candy, and playing carnival games every night. She became friends with everyone at the circus, and she loved every minute of it. Until her money ran out. Then he friends left her, and every night she would sneak behind the tent and eat some of the scraps left for the circus animals.
Daughter:
What am I doing here? Why did I leave my home? Maybe I could go back. I wouldnít expect to be treated the same as before Ė but even if I was just a servant in the house, it would be better than what I am now.
Nar:
So after seeing the error of her ways, she headed back home.
Daughter:
Hereís what Iíll say Ė ďFather, I donít deserve to be called you daughter, just make me a servant.Ē
Larry:
Is that you? Is that really you?
Daughter:
ďFather, I donít deserve to be your called your daughter, just make me a servant.Ē
Larry:
Servants, bring some new clothes for my daughter, make a feast! My daughter was lost, but now she is found!Ē
Nar:
Jesus told a parable about a young man who took his inheritance an spent it all. Once he realized how wrong he was, he returned to his father only wanting to be a servant. But his father took him, and treated him as his son once again. Like the lost sheep, and the lost coin, God cares for each one of us. It doesnít matter how many other people there are, He cares about every one. And it doesnít matter how bad weíve treated Him, or how much weíve wasted what Heís given us, He still loves us, and wants us to return to Him. But thatís up to us.

Ending


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Well, thatís all the stories I have time for right now. I hope you enjoyed them. Stick around, we have some more things going on Ė thereíll be some more music in just a little bit. And maybe Iíll be back after that. Have a great day.