Bill Counts His Blessings
Bill Counts His Blessings Skit
Fruit of the Spirit Series (JOY)
Props: Box of books, Bible, ball hat for Joe, bag of candy for Candy, index cards for labels
About: Bill counts his blessings and shares with his friends why…..there is joy when you learn to live happy rather than complaining. Paul and Silas give them a good example in showing joy in unpleasant circumstances.
Bill: (Chanting or singing) “Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessing see what God has done, count your blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings see what God has done.
Joe: My ears are hurting after that. Why can’t you just sing to yourself? That would make someone deaf as loud as you sing.
Candy: (Holds a bag of candy) Yeah, maybe you should take voice lessons. My teacher said you have to sing the vowels and not the consonants. This candy helps sooth my throat (Opens bag and pops one in her mouth)
Bill: What…….ever! I am making a joyful noise.
Joe: What for…..all I see is all these books we have to go through and label. This will take all afternoon.
Candy: Well…maybe next time, you should think before you use a cell phone in class – especially Miss Chrome’s class. She is strict about cell phones. Why one time, she took mine, and did not give it back until a week later.
Bill: What did you do about it? (Sings) Count your blessings name then one by one.
Candy: No, I did not count any blessings. I could not tell my parents or they would have known what I did – no way. Then, I would have been grounded. My mom grounds me for a whole month when she gets mad at me.
Bill: (Sings) Count your blessings name them on by one. Count your blessings see what God has done….
Joe: Would you please stop, (Holds head) I have a headache now. Look at all these books we need to get busy.
Candy: Why are you so joyful anyhow, Bill? (Digs in bag for some more candy)
Bill: I have been reading in my bible about Paul and Silas in jail. Look, hear it is. (Opens bible and reads) This was where Paul and Silas were put into jail because they preached about God. The people got upset and threw them in jail because they would not shut up talking about Jesus. However, they were joyful even in prison.
(Reads from script)
23They beat them very hard. Then they put them in prison. `Take care,' they said to the prison guard. `Be sure that these prisoners do not run away.' 24And so the guard put them in the back room in the prison. They locked their feet in holes cut in heavy pieces of wood.
Joe: What! You mean they put them in jail for talking about Jesus? Were they scared? I would have called the cops. Here, give me those labels.
Candy: (Hands labels) They were the cops! Did they ever get out?
Bill: (Reads using bible from the script) 25At midnight, Paul and Silas were talking with God. They were singing and praising God. The other prisoners were listening to them.
26Then all of a sudden the earth shook very much. Even the floor of the prison was shaking. All the doors came wide open. The things that held the prisoners all came off. 27The prison guard woke up. He saw all the prison doors open. So he took a long knife and was going to kill himself. He thought that all the prisoners had run away.
Joe: Cool! They should have taken off just like that. (Writes on index cards)
Candy: (Eats more candy) How could anyone be joyful in prison? Did he kill himself?
Joe: It that all you do – eat candy?
Bill: 28Paul shouted, `Stop! Do not hurt yourself. We are all here!' 29The guard called for a light and went in quickly. He kneeled down before Paul and Silas, trembling with fear. 30He brought them out of the prison and said, `Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' 31They replied, `Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
Joe: Some story! That is better than CSI. They had a cool one on the other night that sounded something like that. Only the people broke out of jail and the cops could not find them even with hunting dogs.
Candy: I want to hear the rest of the story…….(Eats some more candy)
Joe: Did you eat the whole bag up? (Peers into bag)
Bill: (Hands Joe a book) 33Paul and Silas had sores from the beating in prison. So the guard washed them. 34He took Paul and Silas to his home and gave them food to eat. He and all the people in his house were very happy. They now believed in God.
Joe: That IS amazing! I bet CSI would like to make a movie out of that story. I think those judges should have been put in jail themselves for what they did. (Writes title of book on index card)
Bill: The judges did let them go free in the end. But Paul would not go free.
Joe: What! Was he crazy or something!
Bill: 37But Paul said, `We are Romans. And they have beaten us outside where people can see. They have put us in prison without proving we have done wrong. Now, are they going to take us out of prison secretly? No, they themselves must come and take us out.' 38The soldiers told this to the judges. They were very much afraid when they heard that Paul and Silas were Romans. 39So they came to Paul and Silas. They said they were sorry for what they had done. They brought them out of prison and asked them to leave the city.
Candy: Did they leave the city? (Hands Joe another book)
Bill: 40When Paul and Silas came out of prison, they went back to Lydia's house. They saw their Christian brothers and talked to them. This helped the Christians to believe more strongly. Then Paul and Silas went on their way.
Joe: Some story! You mean that is really in the bible? (Write on index card)
Bill: Sure, I just read it…
Candy: Well….I just did not think the bible was that interesting. I guess it does have some good stories. Here….(Hands empty candy bag to Joe)
Joe: (Grabs bag eagerly) It’s empty! That was my favorite, too. Next time, maybe you can share some. (Turns to Bill)
Joe: Sound like a CSI movie to me. Cool…..real cool…..I think I’ll tell my friends about this one. Maybe they will want to come to your church if it tells stories like that one.
Bill: Sure come any time! They were joyful under bad circumstances for sure.
Candy: I would have been scared and mad at the same time to be treated that way.
Joe: Now I see why you were singing count your blessings. (Puts books in box)
Bill: Let’s put the rest of these books away so we can get home. (Sings) Count your blessings name them one by one……….(Picks up books and exits)
Joe and Candy: Let’s get out of here (Holding their ears)
Resources: Acts 16:23-40 (Worldwide English New Testament)
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