The Pharisee and the tax collector - by James Archer
(Cast: Narrator, two people praying – one charismatic, one traditionalist)
Narrator Two members of our congregation are at prayer. Let us hear what they are saying and thinking. (Mark stands, arms outstretched to God with a look of rapture on his face. James kneels, head bowed, with no physical expression. James will need a microphone)
Mark Lord Jesus, you are wonderful, you are glorious, and I praise you. I love you, Lord, with all of my heart.
James Lord, I find Mark really difficult to cope with. He always seems so close to you, while I feel like a dry old stick.
Mark I thank you for giving me the gift of music, and for helping me to lead your people in worship.
James He just gets carried away when he’s leading the singing. Can’t he understand that we don’t all want to sing every song over and over again?
Mark Lord, it’s wonderful to see people responding to you when I lead the worship. The church really seems to have moved forward since I joined the music group.
James I wish we could have more of the old hymns. The words are deeper – well, mostly – and I find the organ music stirs my heart.
Mark Lord, I thank you that I am not like James. He always looks so miserable, and so out of touch with you.
James Lord, I’m meant to be praying, and all I’ve done is moan about Mark. I’m sorry. Will you forgive me?
Narrator Jesus said, “Which of these two do you think went home justified before God? For I tell you that everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
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