Infant King

A Celebration of the Christ Child
in Scripture, Story, & Song


by Ken Bible

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About This Musical

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SONGS
Each song in this musical is a familiar tune with a new hymn text. Some are hymn tunes, some are familiar folk tunes, some are classics, and some are Christmas melodies for which no accessible Christian text has been available. If you think any of the tunes might be less familiar to your congregation, simply have the accompanist play through the music once before singing. This should allow your people to recall the tune and sing it confidently.

STAGING
This musical may be presented simply and effectively with congregation, keyboard accompaniment, and two narrators. Those who prefer to stage it more elaborately are welcome to do so. Be creative! Make it your own! Optional Staging suggestions are provided at the end of the script.

NARRATORS
SCRIPTURE READER-This person should be able to read scripture clearly and with authority.

NARRATOR-These parts may be done by a single reader or may be divided up among various presenters. If you divide them up, choose people of both genders and use a variety of ages and personalities. The readings should be delivered with warmth and personality. Memorization is preferable.

       
SONGS: Before the Starry Universe (Congregation; or Solo on verses and Congregation on refrain)

God Is with Us! Alleluia!(Congregation)

SCRIPTURE READER: But you, Bethlehem . . . though you are small, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.  He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the Lord his God.  And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.  And he will be their peace. (Micah 5:2, 4-5a; NIV)

NARRATOR: Christmas is the story of a Promise.

For hundreds of years

God had been making

            promises to His people.

He had promised

            a Prince,

            a Shepherd,

            a Healer,

            a Conqueror,

            a Prophet,

            a Priest,

            a Lion,

            a Lamb.

He had promised

            Peace.

He had promised

            Freedom.

He had promised

            Love and Life

            without end.

Finally,

one evening,

in the blackness of midnight,

the promises all came wrapped together

as one magnificent Promise.

The Promise was

            a Baby.

The Promise was

            Immanuel.

The Promise was

            God himself.

Christmas is the story of a Promise,

and the Promise is

            Jesus.

Christmas Is the Story of a Promise by Ken Bible, © 2000 by LNWhymns.com. Administered by The Copyright Company, 1025  16th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212.

SONGS:    The Promise (Congregation)

Immanuel, Immanuel (Congregation)

SCRIPTURE READER: In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world....And everyone went to his own town to register.  So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. (Luke 2:1, 3-5; NIV)

NARRATOR: Christmas is a story of faith.

It's a story of

            hardship and sacrifice,

            of long journeys and

            years of waiting.

Mary, perhaps 14 years old, endured the terrible shame of

            being pregnant

            before she was married.

After traveling 80 miles to Bethlehem,

            no doubt exhausted and frightened,

            far from family and home,

she had her first child

            in the dirt and darkness

            of a stable.

Joseph stayed by her side,

            though the child was not his own.

He willingly shared her shame

            and her suffering.

Mary, Joseph, and many others followed God through long, difficult days.

But because they were faithful, they saw Him

            and rejoiced in Him

            and became part of His

            timeless story.

Christmas is a story of faith, and we, too, are called to be faithful.

We, too, can be part of the timeless story of

            Jesus.

Christmas Is a Story of Faith by Ken Bible, © 2000 by LNWhymns.com Administered by The Copyright Company, 1025  16th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212.

SONG:    Partners in the Mystery (Congregation; vv. 1, 2, 4)

SCRIPTURE READER: While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6-7; NIV)

SONG:    All Praise to You, Eternal Lord (Congregation)    and/or
Jesus Loves Me (Christmas) (Children)


SCRIPTURE READER: There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of a David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord”…Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:8-14; NIV)

SONG:            Light Is Shining All Around (Congregation)

SCRIPTURE READER: God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

NARRATOR: Christmas is a story of Love.

For hundreds of years,

Love had whispered,

            "I am coming!

            I am coming to be with you

            to stay with you forever!"

It was Love that celebrated that night

in the skies over Bethlehem with

            angels,

            music, and

            shouts of praise.

Love was the shining star

high in the sky,

sent to draw people from far away

to come and worship the Baby.

Christmas is a story of Love,

Love that has come to us,

Love that has brightened our lives;

and Love is

            Jesus

Christmas Is a Story of Love, by Ken Bible, © 2000 by LNWhymns.com. Administered by The Copyright Company, 1025  16th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212.

SONG:    Love Has Come! (Congregation)

SCRIPTURE READER: To us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. (Isaiah 9:6-7; NIV)

NARRATOR: Christmas is the story of a King.

When the King was born,

Caesar Augustus was emperor of Rome.

He ruled the world

            with great power

            and vast military might.

But he died in A.D.14,

            and his kingdom passed to another.

Herod the Great was King of Judea.

He ruled with

            violence

            and cruel jealousy.

He tried to kill the Child King.

The Child lived,

but Herod died,

and his power died with him.

The Child King was

            Lord of the Universe,

            Almighty God.

He ruled

            with humility and self-sacrifice,

            with love and forgiveness.

He faced death

            and destroyed it.

His kingdom will never end.

Christmas is the story of a King,

and our King forever is

            Jesus.

Christmas Is the Story of a King, by Ken Bible, © 2000 by LNWhymns.com. Administered by The Copyright Company, 1025  16th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212.

SONG:  Infinite Lord(Congregation)

SCRIPTURE READER: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."... They went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was…On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. (Matthew 2:1-2, 9, 11; NIV)

NARRATOR: Christmas is a story of worship.

The Scriptures say that

the heavens sing of God's glory,

and the earth tells of the

wonderful things He does.

Jesus said that if God's people are silent,

the rocks themselves will cry out and

praise Him.

When the shepherds heard that

the Promised One had come,

they ran to Bethlehem and

worshiped the Child.

When the wise men knew that

He was born,

distance could not keep them away.

They came and brought Him

precious gifts‒

            gifts fit for a king.

They bowed low and

worshiped Him.

How can we do any less?

With all the elaborate celebrating

this time of year,

how much do we truly worship Him?

Christmas is a story of worship.

And this season,

in the privacy of our hearts,

            with the wise men,

            with the shepherds, and

            with all creation,

let us bow and worship Him.

Let us worship

            Jesus.

Christmas Is a Story of Worship, by Ken Bible, © 2000 by LNWhymns.com. Administered by The Copyright Company, 1025  16th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212.

SONGS: Select several from the following

All the Angels Worship You

Come Rejoicing!

Jesus

Jesus, Joy of Earth and Heaven

My Soul Exalts You, Lord(Solo)

NARRATOR: Christmas is only the beginning.

It's the beginning of a beautiful Life—

a Life of healing and teaching,

            of feeding and forgiving,

a Life of suffering, dying, and

            rising again.

This Life shows us the best

            and happiest way to live.

This Life still goes on

and will go on forever,

            redeeming,

            blessing,

            creating,

            and surprising.

Discover this Life.

Discover the One who is

            the Beginning and the Ending,

            Life's Source and

            its Ultimate Goal,

the One who

            lived in time

            but fills eternity,

Who was a tiny baby

            yet the whole universe

            cannot contain Him.

This Christmas,

make the greatest discovery of your life.

Now, today,

come discover

            Jesus.

Christmas Is Only the Beginning, by Ken Bible, © 2000 by LNWhymns.com. Administered by The Copyright Company, 1025  16th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212.

SONG:       Discover Jesus Christ(Congregation)



Optional Staging


CAST Non-speaking roles for tableau:

Man
Child
Mary
Joseph
3 wise men

During
Before the Starry Universe
Present this song as an ancient tale told by a bard. Off-stage soloist sings the verses. Congregation joins on the refrain. On v.3, solo is stronger, more determined.

Sanctuary, or at least the stage, should be as dark as possible while still allowing the congregation to sing on the refrains.

Tableau should take place behind a scrim if available, allowing the actors to be seen in outline only. Actors freeze in position except where a change of position is indicated.

A single bright light or spotlight is seen on stage, representing God.

TABLEAU, cued by phrases in the hymn text:

v.1, “In love conceived a man”—A man appears in the light; either the light moves to focus on the man, or the man comes into the light, or the man blossoms from a crouching, huddled position to a standing position. Man faces the light, looking up to it, with arms outstretched to it.

v.2, “…but in pride he turned away”—Man turns away from the light, takes a step away, then folds arms in defiance.

v.2, “He clothed himself in suffering…”—Man huddles in fear, with hands over his bowed head.

v.3, “Our Lord is now Immanuel…”—A child walks downstage into the light, toward the congregation, then turns and faces the man, arms outstretched.

WHEN THE SONG ENDS, actors hold for a moment in the silence. Then lights up; actors exit.

During All Praise to You, Eternal Lord TABLEAU:

A manger scene, with Mary and Joseph focused on the manger with the Christ child, placed between them. Use lighting to highlight the Christ child.

During readings after Infinite Lord TABLEAU, cued to scripture reading:

“On coming to the house…”—Three wise men kneel around an unseen Christ child, presenting gifts. Use lighting to highlight the place where the unseen Christ child would be; for example, you might place a bright light there. Hold position throughout scripture reading and the following narration, “Christmas Is a Story of Worship”.

VISUAL IMAGES If you have access to visual images and a screening system, consider highlighting selected readings (choose from those without tableau) with images meaningful to those readings. These might be elements of the Christmas story (the star, angels, shepherds, etc.), or perhaps people or natural images that convey the point of the reading. Again, be creative and resourceful.

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