Excerpt from “Shadows and Songs”, a musical/dramatic production of the Christian Reformed Church of Western Springs, IL. In this production I folded the traditional lessons and carols format on top of itself, so that the Old and New Testament readings corresponded (1 and 4, 2 and 5, etc.), and finished with the 9th reading of John 1. This excerpt is paraphrased from the 3rd reading (Isaiah 9:2, 6-7) and the 7th reading (Luke 2:8-16).
Left – prophet Isaiah, street preacher, carrying a sign (“THE END IS NEAR” on one side and “THE LIGHT IS COMING” on the other) and a bullhorn. Right – shepherd, in cowboy outfit – nomadic, rough around the edges.
Isaiah: (with conviction – persuading, pleading – very animated)
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
Shepherd: (as if telling a story – a tall tale – around the campfire) That night, we shepherds were out in the field, keeping watch over our flocks. Suddenly, an angel appeared to us, and glory blinded us, and we were scared out of our minds! But the angel said to us, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
Isaiah and Shepherd: For unto you a child is born,
Isaiah: …Unto you a son is given…
Shepherd: …Who is Christ the Lord.
Isaiah: And the government shall be upon his shoulders.
Shepherd: “You’ll know him this way: he’ll be a baby wrapped in rags and lying in a trough.” And suddenly the sky was on fire with angels, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest!”
Isaiah: …and his name shall be called…
Shepherd: (concurrently) It was…
Isaiah and Shepherd: Wonderful.
Isaiah: …Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of…
Isaiah and Shepherd: Peace…
Shepherd: “…on earth, for with you, He is happy!”
Isaiah: Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
Shepherd: When the angels went back into heaven, we were like: “Let’s go to Bethlehem and check this out” and we rushed over and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, wrapped up all snug in rags, and lying in a trough, (spreads hands confidently, completing his tale), just like they said.