'Be Yourself' by Martin Day
Standard introduction and entrance (Compere talking is interrupted by spaceship landing sound effects, I think I can hear a spaceship landing, lets look at the outside security camera. Overlay external photo of school with spaceship slide, landing. OHP off. Look here he is, it's our friend Pod the Spaceman, arriving from another world. Spaceman enters)
Hello Pod, how are you today?Standard exit (leaves. Spaceship takes off on OHP overlay to accompanying sound effects through PA.)
(taken aback) Yes, I always try to be
No, No my name's Debbie
I don't understand what do you mean
ET, Phone home.
Wait a minute, who's ET, I'm sure I've heard that name before. Does anyone know who ET is? (ask children, then adults!)....Oh yes, I remember. (to Pod again) but don't be silly Pod, you're not ET
Yes, I am ET.
Well I'm not going to argue about it, so let's ask someone else (Asks one or two of the children)
No, No, me ET.
Look lets have a vote on it, hands up who says that this creature is Pod?... And who thinks ET? There; I think that settles it.
But some people didn't put their hand up... Oh OK then you're right (sadly): I am Pod
But why don't you want to be Pod any more?
Ah, that's because ET is brilliant. He's can make flowers grow, he got a brilliant long neck, and he can even fly, and, and, ... and everyone likes him.
Ah, I see, you think that if you pretend to be ET people will like you more?
Well they will, won't they?
No I think that they'll just think that you're rather odd wanting to be some-one that you're not. You see we've learnt something that you obviously don't know.
And what's that?
That when God made us, he made each one of us different, but he made us just the way that he wanted. So we don't have to be like anyone else. Jesus loves each one just the way we are.
Even these little ones?
Especially the little ones.
Hey! But what about all the bad things that you do, surely Jesus can't love you when you do bad things. He must want to change you. Hmm? Hmm?
Oh Pod I thought you'd learnt that lesson. We want to do the good things that please Jesus because we love Him. But Jesus was loving each one of us before we ever thought about loving Him. Jesus is great like that, even though he knows everything about us, even want we think, he still loves each of us with all his heart
Wow, that's fantastic (to congregation) Do you all know that? ... And Jesus loves you without you having to do anything?... Well, I've learnt something important today, that even though Jesus knows every thing about you, he still loves you . So that you don't have to try to be like anyone else, not pop stars, or footballers, or anyone on TV, not even wrinkly old aliens! You can just be yourself Brilliant! Jesus really is great isn't
Yes, that's why we love sing of how good He is
Oh well, I'd better let you get on with that, then. Good-bye, I'll see you again soon.© M Day 28-Apr-1998