(from The Voice)
[The roles of Narrator, Jesus,
Peter, and Beloved Disciple, are recruited ahead of time. Just
prior to the reading, the Pastor or worship leader invites four
other persons to join him/her up front to act out this story, in
the roles of Thomas, Nathanael, and the sons of Zebedee. The
pastor/worship leader is one of the “two other disciples,” along
with the Beloved Disciples. These last-minute recruits simply
follow the lead of the pastor/worship leader. All the disciples
are gathered together up front Jesus stands on the left side..
Once the quick instructions are shared, and everyone is in
position, the Narrator begins to read from the lectern.]
was one other time when Jesus appeared to the disciples—this time
by the Sea of Tiberias.
This is how it happened:
Thomas (the Twin),
Nathanael (the Galilean from Cana)
the sons of Zebedee,
and two other disciples
Simon Peter (to
am going fishing.
Disciples: Then we will
come with you.
[they pretend to jump in a boat
and row over to the right side of the sanctuary up front. Then
start pretending to cast nets into the “water” one just one side
of the boat and pull them back in, quickly growing discouraged.
After a bit of this, the narrator continues.]
Narrator: They went out
in the boat and caught nothing through the night. 4As
day was breaking, Jesus was
standing on the beach; but they did not know it was Jesus.
[yell, perhaps with a “Hey!” or two
at first to get their attention] 5My sons,
you haven’t caught any fish, have you?
[The disciples in the boat peer off
into the distance toward the voice, then all answer, not quite in
unison, yelling back.]
your net on the starboard side of the boat, and your net will find
[they do so, with growing
Narrator: They did what
He said, and suddenly they could not lift their net because of the
massive weight of the fish that filled it.
7The disciple loved by Jesus turned to Peter and said:
Beloved Disciple: It is
[all the disciples pretend to do as
the narrator – who pauses periodically to allow them to do so –
says. All but Peter pull their “boat” up in front of the pulpit to
the right and wait. Meanwhile, Jesus goes and sits on the top step
to the left on the raised area up front, and pretends to make a
when Simon Peter heard these words, he threw on his shirt (which
he would take off while he was
working) and dove into the sea. 8The rest of the
disciples followed him, bringing in the boat and dragging
in their net full of fish. They were close to the shore, fishing
only about 100 yards out. 9When they arrived
on shore, they saw a charcoal fire laid with fish on the grill. He
had bread too.
Jesus (to disciples):
10Bring some of the fish you just caught.
[During the lines that follow,
Peter helps to unload the catch from the boat and brings some
“fish” (a basket of baked Goldfish™ is on the stand in front of
the pulpit) to Jesus. The disciples follow and sit on the steps.]
Peter went back to the boat to unload the fish from the net. He
pulled 153 large fish from the net.
Despite the number of the fish, the net held without a tear.
and join Me for breakfast.
[As the narrator reads, Jesus
passes the basket of baked Goldfish™ to the disciples, who each
take some and eat. The pastor/worship leader motions to the
congregation to eat the fish they received when other baskets were
passed during the singing of the preceding song.]
Narrator: Not one of
the disciples dared to ask, “Who are You?” They knew it was the
Lord. 13Jesus took the bread and
gave it to each of them, and then He did the same with the fish.
14This was the third time the disciples had
seen Jesus since His death and resurrection. 15They
finished eating breakfast.
[When the “meal’ is done – give it
some time, the scene focuses upon only Jesus and Peter who have
the following exchange. The rest of the disciples freeze in place]
Jesus: Simon, son of
John, do you love Me more than these other things?
Simon Peter: Yes, Lord.
You know that I love You.
Jesus: Take care of My
asked him a second time . . .
Jesus: Simon, son of
John, do you love Me?
Simon Peter: Yes, Lord.
You must surely know that I love You.
Jesus: Shepherd My
sheep. [pause, then;]
17Simon, son of John, do you love Me?
Narrator: Peter was
hurt because He asked him the same question a third time, “Do you
Simon Peter: Lord, You
know everything! You know that I love You.
Jesus: Look after My
sheep. 18I tell you the truth: when you were younger,
you would pick up and go wherever
you pleased; but when you grow old, someone else will help you and
take you places you do not want to go.
said all this as an indicator of the nature of Peter’s death,
which would glorify God.
After this conversation, Jesus said,
Jesus: Follow Me!
[All freeze in place for a few
moments, then quietly return to their seats.]
scripture text from
The Voice™ translation © 2011 Ecclesia Bible
[items in italics in brackets] are my own