For week to week services and messages, it is important that our people hear a word God has given to us, not to someone else. It is the personal touch of a pastor who knows the people and speaks from the heart that is so effective at weekly messages.
But there are also times in the life of the Church where the focus isn't on what God has given the pastor, but on something special. It could be a drama that tells the story. Or it could be that the service is about a special time of life, like a wedding or a funeral. Or it could be a holiday service, a time when the service is tailored to tie in with the history of the Church instead of the individuals today.
These are services that not only do we use scripts for, but people expect us to be using them. There is often a message connected to the service as well, and that is something that still needs to be developed by the pastor, though Message Ideas that relate to the Special Service are linked.
So here are some scripts from a variety of special services. Please feel free to add any of your own as well. We just ask that you don't post anything you don't have rights to, and that you do not post full text included messages, but instead post them in the Message Ideas section and link to them.
To create a new Special Service Idea, type the title into the box below.
|A Gift Just for You||This sets up telling the story of the magi coming to baby Jesus, and that gifts are for good and for free.||Puppets||Magi||Children's Church|
|A Perfect Place to Live||Two characters talk about how wonderful where they live in, and how great Eden was. It is designed merely to prepare for the story of Eden to be told.||Puppets||Eden||Children's Church|
|Back to my Hometown||A traveler has to go home to pay taxes, which sets up for an introduction of May and Joseph's story.||Comedic Skit||The Bethlehem Candle||Children's Church|
|Christmas Cards||Two people talk about how the prophets told us Jesus would come way before he was ever born, setting up a discussion on Advent and prophecy.||Comedic Skit||The Prophet's Candle|
|First Things First||This script briefly describes the story of Enoch in a lighter, more modern, setting.||Puppets||Faithfulness||Children's Church|
|Hole-ee-ness||An offering box is passed and almost everything gets put inside, including a person. One character learns that tithing is the beginning of giving to God, not the end.||Comedic Skit||Tithes|
|How Not to Hook Someone Up||A man tries to get a stranger to marry a women, using the worst methods possible, but all ways that we use to try and get people to build a relationship with God.||Comedic Skit||Evangelism||General|
|Let's Go See||Two puppets talk about how if we want something we go for find it, not just sit.||Puppets||The Shepherd's Candle||Children's Church|
|Pie Contest||A character learns that rules are there for a reason. If we follow God's rules, we are accepted.||Puppets||Rules|
|Puppets:Crucifixion||Two puppet are talking about Good Friday and Easter, by trying to crucify one of them.||Puppets||Crucifixion||Good Friday|
|Puppets:Did Somebody Say Lunch||Some characters discuss food and how food can't be spread further than it was intended for.||Puppets||Feeding the 5000||Children's Church|
|Puppets:Fishers of Men||A puppet learns that fishing for men is about living so that people can see us.||Puppets||Evangelism||General|
|Puppets:Sacrificial Lamb||A man learns that Christ is our lamb, we don't have to sacrifice anymore.||Puppets||Salvation|
|The Angels' Story||What if the angels that Christmas night had gone to other people as well as shepherds and none of them had listened?||Readers Theater||Christmas|
|The Animal's Candle||This skit provides a vehicle for explaining advent and the angel's candle.||Puppets||The Angel's Candle||Children's Church|
|The Longest Night||This is the story of the crossing of the Red Sea as told from an average Israelite.||Readers Theater||Miracles||General|
|There's a Storm Coming||Some characters learn that they can calm a verbal storm, paving the way for Jesus to calm a real one.||Puppets||Calming a storm||Children's Church|
|Ticket to Heaven||Guy suddenly dies and finds himself outside the gates of heaven with all his earthly junk. He sees others getting into heaven and tries to go into heaven himself, but St. Peter stops him because he can't bring in all that junk. Finally Jesus comes on the scene and helps him out. However he still isn't able to get into heaven and figures out that it's because he doesn’t know Jesus.||Comedic Skit||Heaven||General|
|Walking on Water||A humorous retelling of Peter trying to walk on water to Jesus.||Puppets||Faith||General|
|What's all the Noise||This is a skit purely to introduce the story of Jesus' healing of a paralytic. It does not tell the story, but prepares the way.||Puppets||Healing of the Paralytic||Children's Church|
|Where Can I Buy One of Those||A character tries to buy a miracle and learns they are special from God.||Puppets||Miracles||Children's Church|
Liturgy for Services
|1st Sunday of Advent||Advent||Traditional||Advent||General||Candles|
|2nd Sunday of Advent||Advent||Traditional||Advent||General||Candles|
|3rd Sunday of Advent||Advent||Traditional||Advent||General||Candles|
|4th Sunday of Advent||Advent||Traditional||Advent||General||Candles|
|Covenant Renewal Service||Covenant Renewal||Traditional||Church||Wesleyan||Candles|
|Holy Communion Liturgy||Communion||Liturgical||Inside||Protestant||confession|
|Modern Baptism Liturgy||Baptism||Modern||General||General||Water|
|Modernized Nazarene Membership||Membership||Traditional||General||Wesleyan||Vows|
|Remembering Passover Communion||Passover, Easter||Informal||General||General||communion|
|Simple Wedding||Wedding||Simplified Traditional||General||General||Rings|