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ON HOLY GROUND
(The story of Moses & the burning bush)
Script for the Drama Workshop, Burning Bush Rotation November 2006, LD McKenzie (adapted from the New Revised Standard Version)

CAST:
Sheena the Sheep (who is the narrator), Moses, Sherman, Sheldon and Sharena the Sheep, Burning Bush, other sheep.

PROPS:
Tunic costumes, shepherd's staff, sandals, sheep ears, burning bush screen to read behind. Or hairband with orange construction paper flames attached. Or a red/orange tunic/cape/ wrap or shawl.

Narrator (Sheena the sheep):
You will all remember my friend Moses.

[Other actors mime out this flashback part of the narrative.] Once he lived like a prince in the palace in Egypt. He was the adopted son of the Pharaoh’s daughter.

But things got a little, er, woolly while he was there. So that’s how he ended up here, tending sheep.

He did well for himself. Married a nice girl from Midian named Zipporah, and they have a couple of boys. The boys are okay. They play a little rough, but that’s boys for you.

Well, one day something incredible happened while we were out on the mountaintop with Moses. My friends Sheldon, Sherman and Sharena and I, and the other sheep were all there.

Then all of a sudden all we saw was this huge flash of light.

Moses: Whoa! What on earth is that?

Sherman: Looks like a fire, boss.

Sheldon: Looks more like a tree with flames for leaves, if you ask me.

Sharena: Well it sure is pretty. And it’s handy – this way Moses won’t have to start a fire to warm his shepherd’s pie.

Moses: [Squinting] Yeah, guys, but I’ve never seen anything like this. The fire just keeps going. The tree isn’t burning up. Think I should take a closer look?

Sherman: I don’t know, boss, could be risky.

Sheldon: I would if I were you. What have you got to lose. It’s neat!

Sharena: On the one hand, it could be dangerous. On the other hand, it could be exciting.

Moses: Okay, well just a few steps closer couldn’t hurt.

Bush: Moses! Moses!

Moses: [falls backward on the ground in shock]. That’s my name. Don’t wear it out.

Bush: Don’t come any closer. And take off your sandals, for goodness sake. You are standing on holy ground, man.

[Moses kicks shoes off, embarrassed.]

Bush: I know you’re thinking it, so I’ll tell you…. I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

Moses:[throwing arm across his eyes to shield from light] Holy smokes.

God: I have seen how bad the situation is for my people in Egypt. Slaving away for the Egyptians, building bricks day and night. I am going to lead them to a better place, a land flowing with milk and honey. I am going to send YOU to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.

Moses: [in shock] MMMMMM...me????

Sherman: [whispering]. Sounds risky. Tell him you’re busy.

Sheldon: Chicken.

Sharena: On the one hand, it’s a big scary job. On the other hand, someone’s got to do it. Looks like the scary bush has picked you.

Moses: [aside to sheep] Let me handle this… Ahem. Well, thanks God. But why me.

Bush: I will be with you.

Moses: That’s nice. Okay, so I go to the Israelites and say, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you.” Then what if they say, “Yeah, right, sure. What's his name?” What am I supposed to tell them?

Bush: Tell them my name is “I AM WHO I AM.” Tell them, “I AM has sent me to you.”

Moses: [pushes deep breath out]. You make it sound pretty easy. Of course, there’s the small matter of the Pharaoh and his army for starters….

Sherman: You gotta do it.

Sheldon: He’s right, you do.

Sharena. No two ways about it. You’re the one. You’ve gotta do it.

Moses [to bush]: Can I bring my advisors?!

THE END

All original text 2004 - 2014, LD McKenzie

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