The Promise begins with a brief overview of God’s story of redemption (from Creation to the promised Messiah) as told by four narrators, speaking with one seamless voice, often completing thoughts and sentences as a group. Vocalists are added toward the end of the scene as a type of musical narrator, weaving their voices into the regular spoken narrations.
Narrators A, B, & C
Vocalists One, Two, & Three
Pianist (to give the vocalists their singing pitch)
NARRATORS and VOCALISTS are meant to be other-worldly. Black dress is suggested (long pants and long shirts) to set them apart from regular characters.
Use of a fog machine and special lighting during narrations helps to create this sense of other-worldliness. They are suggested for effect, but not required for the presentation.
Any MUSICIANS should be positioned in such a way as to remain invisible to the audience/congregation.
Part I | Promise of Emmanuel uses music from the SUGGESTED TRACK LIST as well as live vocalists (singing acapella).
A black slide is suggested between OMNISCIENT NARRATIONS. During narrations there are cues for scrolling scripture verses (white text on black background).
Additional notes are indicated throughout the script in bold or italic font.
Part I | Promise of Emmanuel
Script with notes
(Eerie music / TRACK 1 begins. Lighting effects accent narrations throughout Part I. Slide/Video begins and continues throughout Part I providing visual effects and text of scriptures read. NARRATOR A, B, and C stand in fog.)
OMNISCIENT NARRATOR: (John 1:1 scrolls down screen as OMNISCIENT NARRATOR reads from offstage) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(Lights come up on NARRATOR A, B, and C)
NARRATOR A: At the dawn of creation a Holy . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . Omnipotent . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . Omniscient . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . Omnipresent . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . God of the universe formed man.
NARRATOR C: He fashioned him from the dust of the earth . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . and her from the rib of the man.
NARRATOR A: In His own image He made them . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . man and woman . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . He created them . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . and loved them.
NARRATOR B: God walked with Man and Woman . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . and called them friends.
NARRATOR C: But evil penetrated their hearts.
NARRATOR A: Deceived by the prince of darkness . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . they chose to turn from the commands of the Lord.
NARRATOR C: This evil brought with it a separation . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . and change in their relationship . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . that could not be ignored.
NARRATOR B: So God spoke a promise to this prince of darkness . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . of the day when he would lose the battle . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . for the hearts of man . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . to a Child of the Woman.
OMNISCIENT NARRATOR: (Genesis 3:14b scrolls down the screen as it is being read) I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.
NARRATOR A: This promise was to bring an end . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . to the separation between God and man . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . enacted by the formation . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . and calling of one nation.
NARRATOR B: A nation . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . nurtured and raised from small beginnings . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . embodying His plans . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . His purposes for the entire human race.
NARRATOR B: This nation.
NARRATOR C: A nation set apart . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . and given a special promise by God;
NARRATOR B: . . . of covenant blessing for their faithfulness . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . and a warning of curses for their disobedience,
NARRATOR B: . . . was to serve their God wholeheartedly.
NARRATOR A: In granting provision for their imperfections . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . a system of sacrifice was generated . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . to right wrongs made between Creator and created . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . and through the shedding of blood . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . did God accept man’s reconciliation.
NARRATOR B: But this nation . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . Israel . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . chose instead to follow the example . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . of heathen nations . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . breaking the very heart that beat for them.
NARRATOR B: But God . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . patient, merciful, loving God . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . sent prophets to warn His nation . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . His Israel . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . to turn back to the ways designed by their Maker.
NARRATOR A: In rebellious defiance . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . they chose to ignore His warnings . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . so they were sent away from their country . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . into the exile exchanged for their disobedience.
NARRATOR A: But the promise was not forgotten.
NARRATOR B: A prophet Isaiah . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . promise reminder . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . spoke of the special, Holy Child . . .
(Eerie music / TRACK 1 ends. VOCALIST ONE, TWO, and THREE stand ready to insert musical dialogue into the narrations. PIANIST gives VOCALISTS their pitch for “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”)
NARRATOR C: . . . that would be born to Israel.
OMNISCIENT NARRATOR: (Isaiah 7:14 scrolls down the screen as it is being read) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and you will call him Immanuel.
VOCALIST ONE: (singing the first phrase of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” with liberty – slightly carried over into NARRATOR B’s line. Other vocalists continue in like manner.) “O come, O come Emmanuel . . . ”
NARRATOR B: God’s promised child . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . of unnatural means.
NARRATOR A: Phenomenal in supernatural proportions.
VOCALIST TWO: (singing the second phrase of the song with liberty) “And ransom captive Israel . . .”
NARRATOR B: Promised Savior . . .
NARRATOR A: . . . evil-victorer . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . from Israel . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . for Israel.
VOCALIST THREE: (singing the third phrase of the song with liberty) “That mourns in lowly exile here . . .”
(NARRATORS A, B, and C emphasize certain words indicated by the narrator’s letter throughout the following reading.)
OMNISCIENT NARRATOR: (Isaiah 9:6-7 scrolls down the screen as it is being read) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called [A] Wonderful Counselor, [C] Mighty God, [B] Everlasting Father, [A] Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. [C] He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with [B] justice and righteousness from that time on and [A] forever.
VOCALIST ONE: (Singing the fourth phrase of the song with liberty) “Until the Son of God appears . . .”
NARRATOR A: A Savior not like the Savior they expected.
(NARRATORS A, B, and C emphasize certain words of the OMNISCIENT NARRATORS dialogue as before.)
OMNISCIENT NARRATOR: (Isaiah 53:4-5 scrolls down the screen as it is being read.) Surely [B] he took up our [B] infirmities and [A] carried our [A] sorrows, yet we considered him [B] stricken by God, [C] smitten by him, [C] and afflicted. But [A] he was pierced for our transgressions, [C] he was crushed for our iniquities; the [B] punishment that brought us [B] peace was upon him, and [A] by his wounds [C] we are healed.
VOCALIST THREE: (singing with liberty) “Rejoice!”
NARRATOR C: In vague understanding . . .
NARRATOR B: . . . Israel waited . . .
VOCALIST TWO: (singing with liberty) “Rejoice!”
NARRATOR A: . . . four-hundred years . . .
NARRATOR C: . . . for the Messiah.
VOCALIST ONE: (Singing with liberty) “Emmanuel . . .”
(Dim lights on NARRATORS)
VOCALIST ONE, TWO, and THREE: (singing in unison) “. . . shall come to thee O Israel.” (now singing harmony with liberty, building) “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, shall come to thee O Israel.”
(Dim Lights. End Scene.)