Set Up: All characters in the audience
Two: Hey! Aren’t we supposed to do a skit?
All: (take the stage, yelling and excited) We’re going to do a skit. (Characters speak simultaneously as follows.)
Six: I’m acting---Acting…
One: To be or not to be? That is the question…
Four: (singing) Me, me, me, me… Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain…
Two: I’m such a good actress. I got all-star cast last year…
Five: Well, my director said that I’m the best actor that she’s seen in years. Last year when I played the chicken…
Three: People have always told me that I look like ____________ (famous person). Hey! What kind of skit are we doing anyway? (voices stop)
One: I don’t know. I bet that it’s one of those Christian skits.
Four: Yeah, I bet that it has some kind of Biblical principle behind it.
Six: Hey, where are the scripts anyway?
Two: I thought you had them.
Five: No, I thought that (one’s name) had them.
One: No, (seven’s name) has them.
Four: Where’s (seven’s name)?
All: (ad lib) I don’t know where (seven) is. Did you see (seven)?…etc.
Three: (singing) Oh where, Oh where has my little (seven’s name) gone?…
One: Okay! Everyone now---one, two, three…
All: (seven’s name)
Seven: (runs in and throws scripts) I just ran these off.
All: (shuffling around grabbing scripts and trying to find spots----chaos!)
Two: What’s the script about?
One: Isaiah’s Commission (all still in chaos) STOP!! Skit Time! (everyone dance to their position.)
One: (reading from skit) Isaiah’s Commission. In the year that King Ussiah died, (Four fall; three catch) I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted and the train of his robes filled the temple. (four and three move to stand in chairs) Above him were two seraphs each with six wings (wings appear and move into position). With two wings they covered their faces, with two wings they covered their feet, and with two wings they were flying. And were calling to one another (four and three dial on telephone).
Three and Four: Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is full of his glory.
One: At the sound of their voices the door posts and the thresholds shook (all shake) and the temple was filled with smoke. (all cough and stagger) (dramatic) “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” (straight) Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hands which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
Four: (four jumps off chair, picks up a rock, or whatever is handy and takes to one) OOOOOOO ! Hot coal! OOOOOOOOOOOO!
One: With it he touched my mouth (pucker-up)
Four: (touch one’s mouth) See this has touched your lips, and your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for. OOOOOOO! Hot coal! (fly back to chair)
One: Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? (step forward) And I said, “Here am I. Send me.” (jumps off of chairs, congratulations, high fives, two still reading)
Two: Wait a minute. Come back. (yell) HEY YOU GUYS!!
All: What? (stop and turn)
Two: There’s another page. It says, “Attention: Needed---Someone to share God’s message of life with others. Will you?” (God figure enters)
Four: (turn to audience) You bet! I’ll be your servant Lord. It’s just that I’m really busy right now. I’m swamped with meetings and projects. But as soon as I finish high school….(freeze)
One: (turn to audience) And then college and get a job and raise a family, then I can really be your servant. (freeze)
Two: It says no experience needed, you just need to be…
Two and God: (God standing beside two, say simultaneously) willing.
Three: (turn to audience)Well, I just don’t feel like I can right now. I’ve just gotten in with some really cool guys. And they know how to have fun….(freeze).
Five: (turn to audience) And you won’t believe all the girls that I’ve met. My social life is definitely looking up. If I was to openly be your servant, well… I just don’t think that it would work. (freeze)
God: (six’s name) will you be my servant?
Six: I’m here at church, aren’t I? I know that I need to spend more time with you, but I help out on Sundays in the classes, and I do things with the church during the week. Isn’t that enough? (freeze)
God: (seven’s name) will you be my servant?
Seven: (turn to audience) Lord, I can’t preach, and I can’t sing, and I’m not the most popular one at school. But I am willing to do what you ask. Here am I. Sendme.
Characters: Seven people and someone representing God
A satirical illustration of Isaiah 6:1-8, driving home the question: Are you seriousabout saying, “Here am I, send me”?