The King's Invitation

By Warren Judkins


Jesus' parable of the King's invitation to a feast, declined by all those first invited (Matthew 22).


Matthew 22:1-14



Narr 1: Once upon a time...

Narr 2: all good stories start...

Narr 1: ...lived a great King...

Narr 2: ...who had great wealth...

Narr 1: ...and great power...

Narr 2: ...and great parties!

Narr 1: In fact, he was rather fond of a good party...

Narr 2: So one day he said:

King: Friends, Romans,countrymen... let's have a party!!

All: Yeah! Yay! etc.

King: Let's have the biggest and best party ever held!

All: Yeah! Yay! etc.

King: And invite everyone we know.

All: Yeah! Yay! etc.

Cyril: Err... even our parents?

King: Everyone!

All: ( except Cyril ) Yeah! Yay! etc.

Narr 1: So the King sent out servants with his invitations.

Narr 2: They went to all the King's friends...

Narr 1: ...and their conversations sounded something like this:

Servant: Knock knock!

Aardvark: Who's there?

Servant: The King's servant.

Aardvark: Oh! ( Happily ) What do you want?

Servant: To invite you to the King's party. It's .....

Aardvark: Sorry; just bought a new Volkswagen and gotta take it for a spin.

Servant: But it's gonna be great!

Aardvark: Yeah...but so's the Beetle. See ya! Coming, Sheila? ( Exits, making brmm noises )

Servant: Knock knock!

Boris: Who's there? ( Not very friendly )

Servant: The King's servant.

Boris: Oh! What's the problem?

Servant: No problem. I'm here to invite you to the King's party.

Boris: What King?

Servant: The King!

Boris: I don't believe there is a King.

Servant: Then how come he's having a party?

Boris: Look - don't confuse me. Goodbye! ( Stamps off )

Servant: ( Sigh ) Knock knock!

Cyril: Who's there?

Servant: The King's servant.

Cyril: Oh no, what have I done wrong?

Servant: Nothing! It's -

Cyril: ( Very quickly ) Was it that time I -

Servant: No! It's -

Cyril: Or the time I -

Servant: No! I -

Cyril: How about when -

Servant: No! Look, there's -

Cyril: Oh phew! Goodbye. ( Slams door )

Servant: He... ( Stops, sadly ) ...just wants you to come to his party.

Servant: Knock knock!

Dude: Who's there?

Servant: Little old lady.

Dude: Little old lady who?

Servant: I didn't know you could yodel! Haha! ( Stops laughing quickly )

Dude: Sick, very sick.

Servant: Ahem. The King would like to invite you to his party.

Dude: The King! Hah! How does he expect me to come to his party when I'm so busy slaving away for him?!

Servant: I'm sure he wouldn't mind you stopping for his p-

Dude: Stop?! Hah! There's always something to organise, or some meeting, or someone on the phone... I'm sorry, but a party is out of the question!

Narr 2: There were all kinds of excuses:

Narr 1: "I'm too young."

Narr 2: "I'm too old."

Narr 1: "I'm too tired."

Narr 2: "I'm too busy."

Narr 1: "Got a party of my own, thanks."

Narr 2: "Don't care anyway."

King: STOP!!!

Narr 1: The King roared.

King: So, they won't come to my party, eh? Well, so be it! But we're still going to have the best and biggest party ever! Servants, go everywhere! Get everyone!

Narr 2: Everyone?!

King: Everyone!!! Go!

Narr 1: So they did. ( Narr 1, 2 and Servant exit down aisles, half miming as they go. )

Servant: Hey Mr Wino - do you want to come to the King's party?

Narr 1: Miss Street Kid - do you want to come?

Narr 2: You with the tattoo - do you want to come too?

Servant: Say, Mr Big -

Narr 1: Hey there, hooker -

Narr 2 :You - bully...

Servant: Politicians -

Narr 1: Dentists -

Narr 2: Slow learners -

Servant: ( Loudly ) EVERYONE! Do you want to come to the King's party?!

Cyril: Well, it was a great occasion.

Dude: A great party.

King: But as for those who turned down my invitation.... ( Angrily )

Cyril: Oh dear...

Dude: How sad...

Cyril: Never mind...

Dude: Best not to think about it...

Cyril: Unless you're one of them...

Dude: In which case you'd better think pretty carefully.

King: What have YOU done with the King's invitation?


Warren Judkins 1990
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