This is a creative and interactive reading of Jesus' two short parables about the treasure and the pearl. Dave brings out that the Kingdom of God is both like a precious treasure, but also we are like a precious pearl found by God.

Extract from the reading:

A responsive reading based on two parables in Matthew 13:44-46. This story contains 6 key words or phrases which are repeated at different points throughout the story. Whenever the audience or congregation hear the key words they should respond with the appropriate noise or action. The story can be delivered by a narrator alone, or with a group who lead the responses from the front - such a group may be rehearsed or spontaneous. You may like to write down the responses on large cards which the group hold up whenever each key word occurs.

Field - Divide into two sides, side 1: "Squelch!", then side 2: "Splat!", then back to side 1: "Squelch!", then back to side 2: "Splat!"

Tripped - say "Oops!"

Soil - Rub fingers together as if feeling mud and soil, say "Ooh lovely!"

Chest - Stagger under the weight of the big box you are miming holding

Pearl - Breathe on pearl, polish on clothes and hold it up

Treasure - Mime throwing handfuls of jewels in the air and look amazed

Once there was a man who tripped in a field. He was just walking happily across it when he caught his foot, tripped, and fell headlong. He had a bruise on his knee and another on his arm. As he sat up and rubbed them he noticed a shiny metal corner sticking out of the soil. He began scraping around it, pulling the soil away and soon he saw that there was a metal chest buried in the ground. He dug it out of the soil and opened up the chest. Inside it was full of precious stones and jewels. Hundreds of them! The more he looked the more he saw. Just then he heard a voice.

"Oi! What are you doing in my field?"

It was the farmer...

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