This script was posted a year ago and was very popular! I’ve been asked to re-post this year. Enjoy! Kathleen
So you want to put on a Christmas Pageant? Do it! Our grandson was too small to have a speaking part, but his mother transformed his jammies into a lamb costume! Use your creativity! I wrote the following simple script for our family. Many others have enjoyed it as well!
SCENE 1 (Excerpts from Luke 1) Narrator: “In the time of Herod, king of Judea, God sent an angel named Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said,
Angel Gabriel: “Greetings Mary! The Lord is with you. Do not be afraid, because you have found favor with God. You are going to have a baby boy. The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. You are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”
SCENE 2 (Luke 2:1) Narrator: “It came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David. He went there to register with Mary his espoused wife, who was expecting a child.
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her first-born son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
“In the same region there were shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were so afraid.”
Shepherd 1: Act afraid, jump back: “Ooh!”
Shepherd 2: Act afraid, cover your face with your hands: “Oh what’s that?”
Shepherd 3: Act afraid: “Help!”
Angel of the Lord: “Fear not! For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
Narrator: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying…”
Angel of the Lord: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men with whom God is pleased.”
Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o’r the plains
And the mountains in reply, Echoing their joyous strains
Gloria, in excelsis Deo. Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Shepherd 1: (rising) “A Savior? Did he say Christ the Lord?”
Shepherd 2: “Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
SCENE 3 – The Shepherds Arrive in Bethlehem
Shepherd 1: “Look! There’s an inn. They might know where we can find the baby.”
All Shepherds: Knock on door of Inn #1
Innkeeper opens door: “Shepherds? At this hour of the night? Listen, all of you. There is no vacancy here at this inn.”
Shepherd 1: “Sir, if you don’t mind, we just came down from the hills because an angel appeared to us in shining glory and told us that in Bethlehem a Savior had been born to us who is Christ the Lord. Do you know where we might find him?”
Innkeeper: “What? The Savior has been born in Bethlehem? You don’t say! Hmm… Actually, perhaps it’s my grandson! He was born here in Bethlehem just six months ago. He’s the most beautiful baby you’ve ever seen. Yes, of course it’s my grandson! This is a marvelous thing! Just think! My own grandson is the promised Savior!”
Shepherd 1: “Well Sir, actually, it couldn’t be your grandson, because the angel told us the baby was born today.”
Shepherd 2: “He also said the baby would be wrapped in swaddling clothes and would be lying in a manger. Is your grandson lying in a manger? Is he wearing swaddling clothes?”
Innkeeper #1: “No of course he is no longer wearing swaddling clothes. He’s already crawling! But did you say a manger? Do you mean a feeding trough for animals? What kind of crib is that for the Savior of the world! That’s the craziest story I’ve ever heard! Get outta here!” (Slams door)
Innkeeper #2: Opens his door: “I’m sorry shepherds, we have no room at this inn. Not even in the stable out back!”
Shepherd 2: “Did you say STABLE? Does it have a manger in it?”
Shepherd 3: “And a baby?”
Innkeeper: (Suspiciously) “Well, yes it does. You’re awfully nosy for a bunch of shepherds.”
Shepherd 1: “Sir, if you don’t mind, we just came down from the hills because an angel appeared to us in shining glory and told us that a Savior had been born to us who is Christ the Lord.”
Shepherd 2: “The angel said we would find the baby in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
Innkeeper: “Yes! There was a baby born in the stable today. And yes, they did lay him in the manger! But you said an angel told you it is THE CHRIST? That’s hard to believe! Why would Almighty God allow the promised Messiah to be born in a stable? It doesn’t make sense. But come along. I’ll show you the baby anyway.”
SCENE 4: At the Stable Innkeeper Knocks on Door: Joseph opens the door: “Yes?”
Shepherd 1: “We have come to see the Savior.”
Shepherd 2: “Where is the Lord?”
Shepherd 3: “Where is the little baby in the manager?”
Joseph: “Come this way.”
All Shepherds: Gather around the baby, kneel and bow their heads.
Narrator: “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, WHICH WERE JUST AS THEY HAD BEEN TOLD.”
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head
The stars in the night sky looked down where he lay—
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes
I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky,
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.
This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and godlife.com
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