Than Meets the Aye!"
Props for the skit – bible and 2 pirate costumes. The pirate
outfits don’t have to be too complex. Eye patches, wigs, and
crazy pirate clothes could work well, but you don’t have to go
all out with the costumes unless you want to.
Character – All of the characters can be a guy or a girl. Also,
Youth 2 and 3 can be combined into one role if there aren’t
enough youth to do the skit, and the narrator can take the role
of a Youth later on in the skit if they need to. The pirate
lines can be divided between more than 2 people if there are a
lot of people that want to do the skit.
*Narrator is off to the side of the stage reading the scripture
below and can sit down once he or she finishes. Everyone else is
off stage, and not visible if possible.
Narrator - 6For God, who said, "Let light shine out
of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the
light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of
7But we have this treasure in jars of clay
to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from
us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not
crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted,
but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We
always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the
life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though
outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed
day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles
are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them
all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on
what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is
unseen is eternal.
*Pirates enter on stage, and talk in the best pirate
accent they can.
Pirate 1- Arrr, did you hear that, I told ye there be treasure
in these parts.
Pirate 2 – Aye, that you did! Once we find this loot, we’ll be
the richest pirates to sail the 7 seas.
Pirate 1 – Then we can hide the treasure
Pirate 2 – And look for it again! It will be a pirate’s life for
us the rest of our lives!
Pirate 1 – Nothing Better. But there is one thing we need to
find this treasure. We need A MAP!
Pirate 2 – But where are we going to find this map? Maybe one of
these church goers will know how to get to this treasure they
Pirate 1 – Ahoy there’s one! (Pirates turn to Youth 1 who can be
a guy or girl) Ello there Jack.
Youth 1 – …My names not Jack.
Pirate 2 – Does it look like we care, we’re pirates.
Pirate 1 – We hear you all talking about this treasure in jars
of clay. Where be these jars of clay. Arrr ye hiding them? We
want to steal it and keep it all to ourselves.
Pirate 2 - because that’s who we arrr. We’re pirates!
Youth 1 – Yes, I understand the whole pirate thing, but I’m
pretty sure this treasure is available for everyone. Think of
this treasure more as a light that helps all to see in the
darkness. Here, take this, I think it will help.
*Youth 1 hands the Pirates a bible.
Pirate 1 – Shiver-me-timbers, (turns and whispers loudly to
Pirate 2) she/he just gave us the map!
Pirate 2 – (Whispers back to Pirate 1) We arrr some mighty
swashbuckling pirates after all, I’m not surprised, she/he is
probably terrified of us.
Pirate 1 and 2 – Fair winds Jack, and thanks for the map.
*Youth 1 walks off stage
Pirate 2 – So what does the map say?
Pirate 1 – Well, let’s have a looksy. (flips pages till he lands
on a page in Corinthians or close to it.) Ah here we go, it’s in
Pirate 2 – that sounds like a good place for treasure.
Pirate 1 – it says, ”But we have this treasure in jars of clay”
blah blah blah, skip ahead skip ahead “Therefore we do not lose
heart.” Blah blah blah “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen.”
Pirate 2 – There that’s it, it’s a clue. It says we need to
focus our eyes on what is unseen…so obviously we need to close
our eyes to find this treasure.
*Pirates close eyes and wave arms around. If you have pirate
eye patches then these could be used to cover both eyes.
Pirate 1 – Have ye found any treasure yet?
Pirate 2 – arrr, that be a negative.
*Youth 2 and 3 walk on stage towards the pirates.
Youth 2 – excuse me sirs, but you look like you are in need of
some help, can we(I) help you?
Pirate 1 – what? Who said that?
Pirate 2 - Arr ye treasure?
Youth 3 – No, we’re(I’m) not treasure. Oh are you all those
pirates? I heard you were looking for some treasure or
something. But if you want my advice, I don’t think having your
eyes closed is going to help you find any treasure.
Pirate 1 – Aye, they (she/he) be right. (Pirates open their
eyes) But then what does this map mean for us to do when it says
to fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen?
Youth 2 – Can I have a look at that map of yours?
Pirate 1 – As long as ye don’t steal it, then certainly.
*Pirate 1 hands over the bible to Youth 2
Youth 2 – thank you…just what I thought, this “map” of yours is
actually the greatest map of them all. It tells you how you
should live your lives so that through you, God’s light can
Pirate 2- I think I’ve heard of this God character before. And
you’re telling me this whole map is about God’s glory?
Youth 3 – Yep that’s it.
Pirate 2 – Wow, that God must have done some pretty awesome
Pirate 1 – Yeah, but doesn’t God hang around with that Jesus
fellow? I heard he was quite the rebel.
Pirate 2 – Arrr, that’s my kind of Youth.
Youth 2 – Well, yes Jesus did change a few things, like he
showed us how we should live our
live, and he performed all kinds of miracles, like feeding the
five thousand, and walking on water.
Pirate 1 – What?!? He walked on water…without a boat? He must
have been the best pirate in…. history.
Youth 3– I don’t know about pirate…but he was a pretty important
person, he was God’s son after all. And that verse you were
speaking of, about fixing your eyes on what is unseen, not on
what is seen. That means that you should focus your life on what
Jesus wants you to do. He doesn’t want you to get all wrapped up
in materialistic things like the ones you buy with a lot of
money. He wants you to focus on pleasing him by serving others
and worshiping the Lord.
Pirate 2 – Wait, so let me get this straight, Jesus says we do
not need to worry about any treasure hidden in the ground?
Youth 2 – It says right here that what is seen is temporary, but
what is unseen is eternal.
Pirate 1 – So this Jesus wants us to store up some eternal
treasure in Heaven, by doing good in this world?
Youth 3 – Exactly
Pirate 2 – Why that sounds like a grand deal for us pirates. An
eternal treasure...and we don’t even have to pillage and
plunder...in fact we are suppose to do the opposite!
Pirate 1 – Aye, but we’d be some funny pirates then, what if
other pirates make fun of us… you know, call us Care-Too-Much
Beard the Pirate, or even Captain ______ (insert pastor’s name)
Youth 2 – Well, that’s why the scripture also says “We are hard
pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in
despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not
destroyed.” No matter what, God’s going to be with you. Do what
God wants you to do, and trust me, it is God that is going to
allow you to do great things. “We have this treasure in jars of
clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not
Pirate 2 – Aye so that’s what the map means by “jars of clay”.
We are those jars of clay and we are to let God’s light shine
from within us. So in a way, we’ve had this treasure available
to us all along. All we had to do was believe in God and trust
in God’s word.
Youth 3 – Now you’ve got it. So what do you say we go out into
the world and be like Jesus. You know, be a little radical,
change the way you live, and stand up for God’s word and others.
After all, it is through God that we are more than meets the
EYE! (say it like a pirate would say AYE)
Pirate 1 – Aye, More than meets the AYE – this bible, it’s full
of Pirate lingo. Let’s work on this treasure they speak of.
*everyone walks off.
based on 2 Corinthians 4:6-10; 16-18 (NIV)