Come Back


This sketch was written specifically for a message on returning to church after a summer away having fun in the world.
Characters are arranged two to each side of the stage. One pair should freeze while the other pair is speaking. If spotlights are available this isn't as important. We used the song, Jesus is the answer to end with. While the song is playing we had Ernie come back and tear up the tickets.

Ted:
Hey Ernie! Ernie! Where you goin' man?

Ernie:
(Ernie keeps walking doesn't answer)

Ted:
(Rushes and catches up to Ernie center stage) Ernie, where've you been? I haven't seen you for weeks.

Ernie:
Oh, hey Ted. I guess I've been around. Here and there.

Ted:
I haven't seen you in church.
Ernie:
Oh yeah I guess I've been sort of busy this summer. I went camping for a week with some old friends that I went to high school with.

Ted:
Sounds like fun. You gonna be there this Sunday?

Ernie:
No, I'll be at the Mariner game. It's an earlier start time for TV. The pennant race is getting hot man.

Ted:
Yeah, I was gonna record it, and watch it after church.

Ernie:
I've got an extra ticket if you want to go.

Ted:
Thanks, but I try not to miss church.

Ernie:
They're box seats.

Ted:
Sounds like fun, but I'll pass. Maybe we can go on a Friday night some time.

Ernie:
Suit yourself. I don't supose you want to come to a picnic next week.

Ted:
Why wouldn't I?

Ernie:
Well It's on a Sunday.

Ted:
Y'know, I'm a little surprised that you're making all these plans for Sundays, and not making it to church anymore.

Ernie:
C'mon man it's Summer. We don't get much good weather. God's always gonna be there, but winter's right around the corner.

Ted:
Well I think you should...

Ernie:
Don't start up ok? One of the things I like about this church is that the people have never been judgemental. They never lay a guilt trip on me about my shortcomings.

Ted:
I'm not laying a guilt trip on you, but give me a moment, and let me tell you what happened to me once.

Ernie:
Fine but no preaching, that's the pastor's job.

Ted:
I used to be a real boozer.

Ernie:
You?

Ted:
Oh yeah. I was one of the Budweiser for breakfast bunch. That was before I accepted the Lord. To make a ling story short, God healed me of alcoholism, and I got real involved with the church, and studying His Word and all.

Ernie:
So where's this going?
Ted:
Well like I said, Iwas serving God and enjoying the fellowship at church. And then summer came. Some of my old drinking buddies invited me for a picnic one Sunday. Wow there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and it was by a lake and all. Well I figured I'd be able to witness to the old gang. Well the next week it was a camping trip from Thursday to Monday. To make matters worse, someone pointed out to me that the Bible didn't say don't drink Just not to get drunk. Well that's all I needed to hear on a hot day. I figured I'd be fine with two beers. By the end of the summer, I'd only been to church twice. And one of those I was so hung over I had to leave early.

Ernie:
Whoa slow down. I'm not drinkin'.

Ted:
No, I didn't think so. My point is, the longer I was out of fellowship, the further I got from God.

Ernie:
Well, that's you. (Turns and walks away to stage left, back to audience.)

Ted:
(Gives gesture of frustration, walks up behind Ernie then freezes)
Tracie:
Amy? Amy, I haven't seen you in ages.

Amy:
Oh hi Tracie. I guess it has been a while hasn't it. I've been so busy. I've been coming home from work, and putting up new wall paper. And on Tuesday's I've been taking golf lessons.

Tracie:
I've looked for you at church.

Amy:
Let's see, last week I went with some friends at work to Wild Waves. Remember how hot it was? Oh and did I tell you about learning to wind surf at the Gorge?

Tracie:
On Sundays?

Amy:
Well that's when the lessons were offered. Anyway I always get the tapes of the sermons I miss. I've also been reading this novel by a christian author. It's really annointed y'know?

Tracie:
We've missed you, especially the third and fourth graders.

Amy:
Well I taught that class nine months straight.
Tracie:
Oh I know. I didn't mean it like that. I just wish you were there...

Amy:
Look... Sister, I appreciate the concern, I really do. I'm doing fine, I'm up at five every morning for prayer and Bible study. I don't just put the sermon tapes in the glove box, I listen to them. When I'm home I watch Christian television. So before you try to remove the speck in my eye...

Tracie:
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to give you a hard time. It's just that... just that I've been having some problems. You are always so full of love, and kindness. You're always the one who will listen when I need to talk something out. You always have the right answer, and the wisdom to show me where to look in the Word to find the help I need. You weren't there.

Amy:
(Reacts with the realization that she has let her sister down both walk to stage right)
(As song is sung Ted ministers to Ernie shows him Bible verses. etc. Tracie pours heart out to Amy who comforts her, etc. As song ends, all exit through the two doors.)

Copyright © 1997 Robert J. Lee

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