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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)

TITLE: Who Invited Us to Church?
By Karen Wilber


Time: 4-5 minutes

Characters: Buddy and Louise, a married couple with a slight communication problem

Props: 2 chairs, angled toward each other, or a small sofa; a Bible study book; Optional: other items, table, lamps, plants, etc. to make the staging area look more like a living room

Setting: The scene takes place in the coupleís living room. Buddy is just coming home from work at the end of the day. Louise is sitting, reading a book.

Buddy enters from offstage.

Buddy: You wonít believe the day Iíve had.

Louise: Pretty bad?

Buddy: The worst. (sits) Do you want to hear about it?

Louise: (sets book aside) Iím all ears.

Buddy: I was driving to work this morning when that jerk cut me off in traffic.

Louise: Who?

Buddy: Thatís right.

Louise: Who cut you off?

Buddy: Exactly.

Louise: Who are you talking about?

Buddy: Thatís him. Did you know that he invited us to church on Sunday?

Louise: Who invited us?

Buddy: Yes, he did. I wouldnít have even guessed he was a Christian.

Louise: Who?

Buddy: Thatís what Iím trying to tell you...our neighbor, Bill Hu. He drives like he owns the road. I could tell it was his car. Thereís a fish emblem and a ďHonk if you love JesusĒ bumper sticker on the back. Not only did he cut me off, he ran a red light and almost caused an accident. From the way everybody was laying on their horns, Jesus got a lot of love today.

Louise: Thatís terrible.

Buddy: Thatís not all. I get to work and while Iím fixing my coffee, before our morning meeting, my coworker decides to go back and load up a plate with more food before anyone else arrives.

Louise: What?

Buddy: Thatís him. So when the rest of the team gets there, thereís no coffee or donuts left.

Louise: What?

Buddy: I know. Can you believe that guy? He actually said, Ďthe early bird gets the worm.í

Louise: What?

Buddy: So you agree?

Louise: Agree with what?

Buddy: I canít believe youíre taking his side.

Louise: No. Iím on your side. I just want to know who took the food.

Buddy: No. Hu cut me off in traffic. Arenít you listening?

Louise: Yes. What is the name of the person that took the food?

Buddy: Precisely.

Louise: Iím confused. Youíd better start over.

Buddy: You remember Joe Watt, that guy I work with? He promised our boss heíd have our teamís report in on time. Today he blamed another guy because it was late and had mistakes.

Louise: No kidding.

Buddy: He padded his expense report, so now weíre over budget.

Louise: Wow. (pause) Doesnít he lead a menís group at the church down the road?

Buddy: Yeah, if he werenít always badgering me about going, I never would have known. He invited us to church...again. Iím sure not going. I get enough of him at work.

Louise: I hear you.

Buddy: Hey, I donít mean to ramble on and on. How was your day?

Louise: Pretty good. Guess who came by to visit me?

Buddy: I dunno.

Louise: How did you know?

Buddy: I didnít. Thatís why I said ĎI dunnoí.

Louise: Oh, sheís such a lovely woman. Guess what she brought us?

Buddy: I dunno.

Louise: Yes--her. Guess what she brought?

Buddy: I dunno.

Louise: Thatís who Iím talking about. Arenít you even going to guess?

Buddy: Look, itís been a long day. Just tell me.

Louise: You remember my friend, Ida Noe. She brought us dinner the day I came home from the hospital after Joey was born. She prayed for us when you were sick.

Buddy: Thatís right. Her husband and sons helped out with the yard work when I broke my leg.

Louise: She brought over a loaf of the most delicious homemade bread. She was doing some baking this morning and thought weíd like to have some.

Buddy: Wow. Thatís really nice. Theyíre a terrific family.

Louise: Yes they are. (Holds up book) She gave me a copy of the Bible study her womenís group is about to start. It sounds interesting. (pause) She invited us to come to church with her family. I think we ought to go with her on Sunday. Do you want to know why?

Buddy: Donít tell me; because Huís the worst and Watt took seconds?

Louise: But Ida Noe shared the word.

Lights out.

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Lori Othouse 02/28/08
This is totally hysterical! And, I think, not unlike some real marriages. What a clever, clever take on this routine! Even though it was so humorous,the point was still well made. Loved it!!
Lynda Schultz 02/29/08
Love it. I could it all being played out. Great message, too, and right on target.
Catrina Bradley 02/29/08
So very clever! Love it.
Seema Bagai 03/01/08
Hilarious. I liked your take on the "Whose on first?" routine.
Glynis Becker03/01/08
Fantastic! This is just wonderful!
LauraLee Shaw03/02/08
Creative, clever and extremely entertaining. You NAILED the topic, and in a masterful way. Well done.
Betty Overstreet03/02/08
This is just too cute-you NOE WATT HU IMEAN ?!

Keep up the writing it is great! Betty OVerstreet
Hanne Moon 03/03/08
This would be an awesome skit for a church drama group to perform! The humor was great, and you nailed the topic dead on! Wonderful job!
Joanne Sher 03/03/08
Clever and fun - Who's on First for Christians. I'll bet you had fun writing this. You just have such a way with puns, lately. Enjoyed this.
Leigh MacKelvey03/03/08
yes, I recognized the play on
Who's on First immediately. Very good wit and the topic was just right for a script like this one!
Jan Ackerson 03/03/08
Hilarious--and I caught the main characters' names, too (Bud and Lou...). This made me grin all over.
Lyn Churchyard03/03/08
That was an absolute hoot! You kept me reading all the way because I wanted to see what would happen next. You have done a masterful job on the topic even though it was a comedy routine. I love it! Super job!
Betty Castleberry03/03/08
Very very clever. I'm still smiling. Well done.
Pat Guy 03/03/08
This is a classic! A masterpiece! I hope someone gets a hold of this .. or you share it with church drama groups. It's such a hoot!
Debbie Wistrom03/04/08
A new classic.....
Chely Roach03/05/08
Hee hee! Very clever! I love it!
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/05/08
I've never seen "Who's on First" used so cleverly and effectively for a good lesson. Masterful.
Joshua Janoski03/05/08
"From the way everybody was laying on their horns, Jesus got a lot of love today."

That line cracked me up! Actually, the whole thing did. Even though a form of this has been done before, you took it and made it your own. Thank you for the laughs. I needed them. :)

Loren T. Lowery03/05/08
Who'd thought this classic could be improved upon? So, funny,so appropriate and oh so true.
Tim Pickl03/05/08
What was the name of that church there in Huville?
Ida Noe. LOL!
Joanney Uthe03/05/08
Well done allusion to a great skit. Powerful message that really brings home the topic. Loved the names.
Sheri Gordon03/06/08
Way to go on your EC, Karen. I love the original comedy routine (my teenager listens to it over and over, just cracking up), and you did an awesome job rewriting it for this situation.
Jacquelyn Horne03/06/08
This will be great acted out! Congrats on the win.