Friday, December 16, 2016

Yeast and Mustard

Yeast and Mustard

Cast:  Older man and woman (Gene and Patsy) seated in car at drive-in.  One young carhop with order to deliver at the end of the skit.
Set:  Two chairs with something in front such as a music stand to use as dashboard and to hide notes so that lines do not have to be memorized.

Patsy:  So burgers at the drive-in is taking me out for my birthday these days?
Gene:  It’s alfredo dining. That makes it fancy.
Patsy:  I think you mean alfresco. 
Gene:  Why can’t they just call it eating with your windows down?
Patsy:  Gene, what do you want?
Gene:  I can’t find it on the menu.
Patsy:  What?
Gene:  The Kingdom of Heaven Burger on a yeast bun with mustards seeds.
Patsy:  What?
Gene:  The Kingdom of Heaven Burger.  Jesus said that I would like it.
Patsy:  Since when has Jesus been giving you advice on what to eat?
Gene:  It’s in the Bible.  He said we would like the Kingdom of Heaven and it would have yeast and mustard seed.
Patsy:  He said the Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed.
Gene:  Seems like a pretty small kingdom.
Patsy:  That’s the point of the parable.
Gene:  That Jesus is downsizing?
Patsy:  No.  That the kingdom of Heaven grows inside of us.  It starts out small but continues to grow as we grow more and more in God’s grace.
Gene:  Like the little mustard seed grows into a great big plant.
Patsy:  Yes.  I think you’ve got it.
Gene:  That’s one of them pair of bulls that Jesus is always bringing up every time he wants to tell a story.
Patsy:  That’s a parable.
Gene:  If it’s a pair, then there are two bulls.
Patsy:  I give up.
Gene:  I still can’t find it on the menu.
Patsy:  What? 
Gene:  The yeast bun.
Patsy:  Gene, unless it is a flatbread, it probably has yeast in it.
Gene:  In all of it?
Patsy:  That’s the way yeast works.  You mix it in the flour and it ends up all throughout the dough.
Gene:  Not just in one part.
Patsy:  That wouldn’t make much sense would it.  It is sort of like if you only had the Kingdom of Heaven in part of your life.  God wants to be living in you all the time and you living in his kingdom every day.
Gene:  I’ll take a Route 66 Dr. Pepper too.
Patsy:  I think that they have Route 44 drinks here.
Gene:  But there are 66 books in the Bible and they should have a drink to go with that.
Patsy:  Good luck with that.
Gene:  Want to hear the yeast and mustard seed verse?
Patsy:  You didn’t bring your Bible.
Gene:  Yes, I did.  I have the Bible App on my phone.  Here it is.  [Holds up old style phone.]
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
Patsy:  You can’t read the Bible on that phone.
Gene:  Yes, I can.  It’s one of those smart-alec phones.
Patsy:  The only smart…
Gene:  And it has an app for ordering food too.  I already ordered before we got here.
Patsy:  Really?

[Carhops arrives with order.]
Let’s see.  I have 2 Kingdom of Heaven value meals, that’s on a yeast roll with mustard seeds and two Route 66 Dr. Peppers.  Enjoy your alfredo meal.

The end.

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