The following was used in church on Camp Sunday, August 29, 1999, written originally for camp work this summer by Pete Haynes.
"Moses and the Burning Bush"
(Based on Exodus 3)
There are 4 characters in this Drama. 1 & 2 are narrators who stand either on both sides of wherever is considered "center stage," or together off to one side (depends upon microphone setup in sanctuary). M is Moses, who starts out sitting in the pews. After he enters, M is positioned in "center stage." G (God) should not be visible and, if possible, should speak through microphone from "offstage."
1 - Isnt it great to be at camp?
2 - Youre not kidding! No more parents until Saturday. No more chores.
No responsibilities. Im free!
1 - Excuse me. Are we talking about the same camp?
2 - You mean our parents didnt leave?
1 - Of course they did, silly.
2 - Whew! Had me worried there for a minute.
1 - You really like the idea of getting away from home, dont you?
2 - Sure do! I guess that bit about "no responsibilities" was taking things a little far.
1 - Just a bit. We do have responsibilities here, also. Theyre just different.
2 - Youre right. Just like now. You and me are supposed to be setting the stage
week, telling the kids what the theme is.
1 - Go right ahead.
2 - Go right ahead, what?
1 - Tell them the theme.
2 - (pause, make faces trying to remember what the theme is)
1 - Is there a problem?
2 - Ah, I dont remember what the theme is.
1 - "God is in our Midst"
2 - God is in our "Mist"? Thats the theme? (1 looks on in growing
disbelief) Thats kind
of dumb, isnt it? What "mist" are we talking about? Is it like the "mist" when I
take a hot shower? Im not sure I like the idea of God being in my bathroom,
if you know what I mean.
1 - "Midst" not "mist"! ... God is among us.
2 - "Midst"?
1 - "Midst"!
2 - Not "mist"?
1 - Not "mist"!
2 - I guess I made a "mist"-take.
1 - Can we continue?
2 - Sure! What are we supposed to do now?
1 - Tell a story.
2 - What story?
1 - About Moses and the burning bush.
2 - Oh, that story. Cant we just show the movie?
1 - What movie?
2 - The Prince of Egypt. The animation was real great!
1 - Does it look like were in a theatre?
2 - Well, no.
1 - Okay. Our job is to tell the story from the Bible.
2 - Thats a book, right?
1 - You know it is! Now, lets get going. Weve already wasted a lot of time.
2 - (to congregation) We brought along some helpers.
1 - First, there is Moses.
M - (steps out from pew and runs forward, saying loudly:) Here I am.
1 - Not yet, Moses. That line comes later.
M - Oh, sorry. (gets into position)
2 - Second, there is God. (pause) Oh, yeah. Youre not supposed to be able to see God.
1 - When you hear Gods voice, pretend its coming from a bush that only
to be on fire.
2 - Youre kidding, right? What is God, some ventriloquist? "Lets throw
our voice into
a bush." And not only that, its a bush that is on fire, but not really on fire.
G - Do you have a problem with that?
2 - No, Lord! Not at all.
1 - Shall we continue?
2 - I think we should... "Once upon a time..."
1 - What are you doing?
2 - Beginning the story.
1 - It doesnt begin with "Once upon a time."
2 - I thought thats how all stories started.
1 - Obviously you havent read your Bible.
G - If he wants to say, "Once upon a time," let him.
1 - Yes, God.
2 - (smiles) "Once upon a time, Moses was keeping the flock of his wifes
Jethro..." Does that mean Moses was a Beverly Hillbilly.
1 - That was Jethro Bodine. Wrong story. This is about Moses. I thought you saw
2 - Well, actually, I only saw the previews.
G - The special effects werent that good. Ive done much better.
M - Can we get on with the story? The long and short of it, kids, is that I was a
descendant of Abraham, whose family had arrived in Egypt long before I was born.
At first, things were okay for my ancestors. Gradually, however, we became slaves.
The kings of Egypt, called Pharaohs, got nasty. My grandparents and parents were
so upset over how they were being treated, that they cried out in anguish.
G - And I heard their cry!
M - Yeah! Perhaps you know the story about how my Mom put me in a basket and
floated me on the river to protect me, and how one of Pharaohs daughters found me,
and I was raised in his family. When I grew up, I discovered the truth about who I was.
One thing led to another and, well, I ran away. Any of you ever wanted to run away
2 - Me !
1 - sssshhh!
M - I met a woman, and we got married, and I thought Id spend the rest of my life
care of my father-in-laws sheep. Of course, God had other plans.
G - Indeed I did !
1 - Are you finished? Can we continue?
M - Be my guest.
1 - Thank you. Moses was tending his flock one day near Mt. Horeb.
2 - Horeb is "the mountain of God."
1 - All of a sudden youre a Bible scholar.
2 - Just telling the story. On the mountainside there was a bush which looked like it
on fire, except that the fire wasnt burning up the bush. That would get my attention!
1 - When Moses saw it, he said,
M - "I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up."
2 - If you spent all that time alone with a flock of sheep, youd talk to yourself, too.
1 - When the Lord saw that Moses was coming to check out that bush, God called to him
out of the bush.
2 - Heres where you kids need to imagine the bush on fire and Gods voice calling from it,
G - "Moses, Moses"
M - "Here I am"
G - "Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you
standing is holy ground."
1 - Needless to say, Moses took off his sandals.
2 - You would, too, if you recognized that God was in your midst. Now, remember, God
spoke out of that fire on a bush, not from a "mist."
G - I will speak from wherever I will speak.
2 - Yes, Lord.
1 - Anyway, God continued:
G - I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of
2 - Awesome! Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. (Moses does so)
G - "I have seen my peoples suffering in Egypt. I have heard their cry.
Ive come to
deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them to a new land... Moses, Im
sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people out of Egypt."
M - (pause) "Me? Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring your people out?"
G - "I will be with you. And you will know that I am the one who sent you, when
worship me on this mountain after you have led my people out of Egypt."
(Emphasize! The above is an important verse for the theme of the service.)
G - "I AM WHO I AM. Tell them that I AM has sent you to them."
2 - Whoa! That was some conversation!
1 - You bet! Of course, there was more to it, but thats enough for now.
2 - God said, "I will be with you." I like that!
1 - Jesus said the same thing, but thats another story.
2 - Maybe well hear about that later.
1 - Possibly ! That, after all, is the theme for this whole week. Well be
God is in our midst,
2 - here at camp as were getting to know each other, and become like a family -
1 - Hopefully, well grow in hearing God around and in us.
2 - If God can speak to Moses through a burning bush, then can speak to us in other ways.
1 - Hey, were at camp, and here we definitely can see Gods handiwork all around us.
2 - Yes, God is in our midst!
1 - And we can talk and listen to God, and experience how great the One who said
"I AM WHO I AM" is.
2 - Your grammar was just a bit off.
1 - Fine, but you know what I mean.
2 - Yes, and at the end of this week, as well as all along the way, we will celebrate
presence of the One who said,
G - "I will be with you."