Reader’s Theater- 1 Corinthians 13

1-corinthians-13-4-7_desktop_mediumI adapted this scripture to be used as a call to worship this coming Sunday, Valentine’s Day. During the service, we’ll offer persons the chance to renew their wedding vows. Click here for that liturgy.

It would be easy to revoice this script as a congregational call to worship. Here are a couple of options. Feel free to design your own to suit your needs. – Lisa <><
Voice One = Left Side or Women
Voice Two = Right Side or Men
Voice Three = Middle or Children/Youth

Reader’s Theatre- 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a
adapted from the New Revised Standard Version
Parts for 3 Voices

VOICE ONE
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love,
I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

VOICE TWO
If I have prophetic powers,
and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,

VOICE THREE
If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains,

VOICE TWO AND THREE
but do not have love, I am nothing.

VOICE ONE
If I give away all my possessions,

VOICE TWO
If I hand over my body so that I may boast

VOICE ONE, TWO, AND THREE
but do not have love, I gain nothing.

VOICE THREE
Love is patient.

VOICE ONE
Love is kind.

VOICE TWO
Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.

VOICE THREE
It does not insist on its own way.

VOICE ONE
It is not irritable or resentful.

VOICE TWO
It does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.

VOICE ONE, TWO, AND THREE
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

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Adapted from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Reader’s Theater: 1 Corinthians 13 © 2016 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Contact the Lisa for posting and publication considerations.

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