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					                                     The Lost Boy
                                Young Jesus in the Temple

Scene 1
Narrator 1: Every year, Jesus and his family travelled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover
festival.

Narrator 2: But this year was special. Jesus had turned 12, the age most Jewish boys began to
study the scriptures more seriously. In a year or two, he would be accepted as a man in the
synagogue.

Narrator 1: When Mary and Joseph and Jesus arrived in the holy city, they found themselves in
the middle of a joyful celebration.

Narrator 2: Thousands of people from all over the world had gathered to remember the day
God rescued the Israelites from their slavery in Egypt.
This Day
This day, we celebrate;
This day, a holy date.
This day, we will await and sing
Our God is great!

This day, we lift our voices;
This day, no longer slaves.
This day, our land rejoices. This day,   Descant harmony
Our God has saved!

Solo 1:
Pharaoh would not bow to Moses,
Pharaoh would not bend his knee,
So our God sends down an angel,
By his power sets us free.

Solo 2:
In the darkest hour of slav’ry,
Death is passing over-head,
While our loving God protects us
By the lamb and by the bread.

This day, we celebrate;
This day, a holy date.
This day, we will await and sing
Our God is great!

Solo 3:
Seven days we tell the story,
Seven days till our release.
Seven days we all remember,
Till we gather at the feast.

Solo 4:
Listen child, prepare an answer.
Listen, be quick to say:
Why this night is like no other;
Why we celebrate this day.
This day, we celebrate;
This day, a holy date.
This day, we will await and sing
Our God is great!

This day, we lift our voices;
This day, no longer slaves.
This day, our land rejoices. This day,   Descant harmony
Our God has saved!
Scene 2
Narrator 1: When the seven days of celebration were over, Mary and Joseph joined a great
caravan with their friends and relatives to make the long journey back to their home town of
Nazareth.

Narrator 2: Mary walked at the front of the line with the women and children. Joseph walked in
back with the men. Each of them thought Jesus had gone with the other.

Narrator 1: After a long day’s walk, the caravan came to a stop for the night, Mary and Joseph
found each other.

Mary: Oh Joseph, I’m so tired.

Joseph: It feels like the walk gets longer every year.

Mary: Where is Jesus?

Joseph: I’m not sure, I haven’t seen him.

Mary: But I thought he was walking with you!

Joseph: What!? I thought he was walking with you!

Mary: Where is he then?

Joseph: I don’t know . . .

Both: Jeee-suuuuus . . . Jeee-suuuuus . . . Je-suuuuus . . .

Mary: I’m scared, what if something’s happened to him?

Joseph: Maybe he’s with our family. Talk to your cousin Elizabeth, I’ll go see Zechariah.

Narrator 1: The two worried parents asked everyone they knew. Elizabeth and her husband
Zechariah hadn’t seen Jesus either, so they joined Mary and Joseph in the search.

Narrator 2: They looked everywhere, but the answer was always the same. Jesus was nowhere
to be found.

Joseph: He’s just not here.

Mary: I think we must have left him in Jerusalem.
Joseph: I know. We got so caught up in the religious celebration, we lost sight of Jesus.

Zechariah: It can happen sometimes.

Elizabeth: More than you’d think.

Mary: I just don’t understand . . . How could we have done this?


How Did We Fail to Notice?
Mary:
How did we fail to notice?
When did we grow so blind?
Why did we get so distracted?
Where did we leave him behind?

Mary:
Life of our life, our heart-beat,
Closer and deeper than breath,
Giving us reason for living,
Losing him, would be death.

Remember the stable the night he was born,
The shepherds who knelt in the straw.
Remember them telling of angels who sang,
Faces shining with awe.

Remember the kings and the gifts they brought;
They followed a sign from above.
Remember the time you cradled him first,
Your spirit ignited with love.

Joseph:
How did we fail to notice?
When did we grow so blind?
Why did we get so distracted?
Where did we leave him behind?

Joseph:
Life of our life, our heart-beat,
Closer and deeper than breath,
Giving us reason for living,
Losing him, losing him would be death.
Scene 3
Narrator 2: Mary and Joseph didn’t wait for daylight – they set off at once on the dark road
back to Jerusalem to look for their lost boy.

Narrator 1: Elizabeth and Zechariah went with them, and the four walked all night without
stopping.

Narrator 2: Just as dawn was breaking, they arrived once again in Jerusalem. Somehow, with
the task of finding one small boy, the city seemed even larger than before.

Mary: There are so many people. Where do we begin?

Joseph: Maybe he went toward the marketplace. There’s lots there to catch a boy’s eye.

Mary: Let’s spread out and ask everyone, somebody must have seen him.

Looking for Jesus
Knock till every door is open.
                                                     Merchant Scene
Where could Jesus be?
Keep on looking till you find him;
Ask until you see.

Knock, (knock knock)
Ask, where?
Where would Jesus go?

Knock, (knock knock)
Ask, where?
Seek until you know.

Narrator 1: Soon they came to a street that was lined with the shops and stalls of merchants.

Buying, selling, buying, selling,
We everything you need.
Buying, selling, buying, selling,
We can satisfy your greed.

Do you feel your life is empty?
Are you wanting something more?
Feast your eyes on worldly treasure;
We’ve got what you’re looking for!
Joseph: We’re looking for our son.

Merchant: Oh, a runaway, huh?

Mary: No, he’s a good boy. He’s only twelve years old!

Joseph: And he’s all alone, with no money.

Merchant: Oh, well, you probably won’t find him here, then.

Mary: Has anyone seen Jesus?

Crowd: (“Nope!” “Not me.” “Haven’t seen him!” etc.)

Narrator 2: So Mary and Joseph and their friends moved on.

Knock till every door is open.
Where could Jesus be?
Keep on looking till you find him;
Ask until you see.

Crowd: (cheering!)
                                                               Hippodrome Scene
Narrator 1: Suddenly, Mary heard something up ahead.

Mary: What’s that noise? It sounds like shouting.

Zechariah: Oh, I think it’s coming from the hippodrome.

Joseph: The what?

Zechariah: The hippodrome. It’s the place the Romans race their horses.

Elizabeth: I’ve heard they gamble on them, too.

Mary: I don’t think Jesus would have gone there . . .

Joseph: I don’t know, boys his age can be very curious.

Zechariah: And the chariots are incredibly exciting.

Elizabeth: (suspiciously) Are they?
Zechariah: Well . . . that’s what I’ve been told, anyway.

Narrator 2: When they got to the hippodrome, they saw that Zechariah was right – the racing
really was exciting!

Come see the galloping, galloping horses,
Come see the chariots racing away.
Come hear the cheering and cheering and cheering,
Come and chase after the thrill of the day!

Come see the galloping horses,
Wonders sure to excite!
Sad little lives lacking excitement
Find what they’re missing when they see the sight!

Mary: Excuse me, we’re missing our son. We think he might have come here.

Gambler: So, he must be looking for thrills. Does he like to gamble?

Joseph: No! He’s not even thirteen yet! And he’s very devoted to God.

Gambler: Boy, have you come to the wrong place!

Elizabeth: Nobody’s seen a boy named Jesus?

Crowd: No!

Gambler: No move along, you’re blocking the view!

Crowd: (“Ya!” “Get lost!” “Move it!” etc.)

Narrator 1: So Mary and Joseph and the others left to look somewhere else.

Knock, (knock knock)
Ask, where?
Where would Jesus go?

Knock, (knock knock)
Ask, where?                                                            Garden Scene
Seek until you know.

Narrator 2: Late in the day, the searchers came to a wealthy section of the city. Ahead of them,
inside a walled garden, they could hear the sounds of an elegant banquet underway.
Narrator 1: And just outside the gate to the garden, a beggar was sitting in the dirt of the street.

La lala la la la la la la
La la la la laa.
La lala la la la la la la
La la la la laa.
La lalalala la, la lalalala la,
La lalalala la laa.
La lala la la la la la la
La la la la laa.

Beggar: Please, can you spare a little something?

Joseph: Of course. Here.

Beggar: God bless you, sir.

Mary: When’s the last time you had a meal?

Beggar: Oh, I try not to count the days.

Zechariah: There’s plenty of food at this house. They should give him the scraps at least.

Elizabeth: Hey! You in there! There’s someone starving out here!

Rich Person: Really? How unfortunate.

(Banqueters turn away)

Joseph: Wait, aren’t you going to help him?


We were made for finer thing,
For lives of style and taste.
To give our wealth to those unwashed
Would only be a waste.

The poor and hungry makes us sad,
They have our sympathy.
As long as we can shut the door
Pretending not to see.
Mary: please, we need help too. We’re looking for our son. He’s lost.

Banqueter 1: Who’s making all the noise?

Rich Person: Oh, it’s just someone at the gate.

Banqueter 2: Well they’re very rude. Where are they from?

Joseph: We’re from Nazareth.

Banqueter 3: That explains it. Can anything good come out of Nazareth?

(Banqueters laugh)

Banqueter 4: I don’t think it can!

La lala la la la la la la
La la la la laa.
La lala la la la la la la
La la la la la.

Narrator 2: Once again, Mary and Joseph realized they wouldn’t find their lost son here. So the
little search party kept going, moving through the streets of Jerusalem until it was too dark to
see.

Knock, (knock knock)
Ask, where?
Where would Jesus go?

Knock, (knock knock)
Ask, where?
Seek until you know.


Mary: I just don’t know where else to look.

Elizabeth: I’m afraid it’s too dark anyway.

Joseph: The only thing we can do now is pray.

Mary: Maybe we should go to the temple tomorrow, before we do anything else, and pray
there.

Joseph: Yes, I think you’re right.
Zechariah: There’s an inn down the street. We can wait there.

Narrator 1: All night long, the anxious parents tried to rest as the hours passed slowly by. What
had happened to their son? Was he alone? Was he safe? What answer would the new day
bring?

Narrator 2: Finally, at the first light of dawn, Mary and Joseph and the others arose and hurried
to the temple. When they arrived, they saw a large crowd had gathered in one corner, talking
excitedly.
Scene 4
                                                                    Temple Scene
Master of the Temple
Elizabeth: What’s going on?

Crowd 1: There’s a great teacher here today.

Crowd 2: His answers are amazing!

Crowd 3: So are his questions!

Crowd 4: And he’s so young!

Mary: Joseph, think about it. Jesus loves to learn about the law.

Joseph: Yes! Maybe he came to the temple to hear this rabbi!

Oh, who is the master we’ve never seen before,
Calmly reciting the wisdom of the Lord?
Where is a teacher who is half as smart?
Every question pierces to the heart.

Crowd 5: What did he just say? Did you hear it?

Crowd 6: Someone just asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” and all the lawyers
started arguing about it.

Crowd 7: Yes, but the young teacher had the best answer.

Solo 5:
When the lawyers started fighting:
“This law’s greater! No it’s not!”
He asked, “Why not love the Lord with
Everything you’ve got?”

Solo 6:
“For inside every law we know
That tells us what to do,
There’s the law to love our God
And love our neighbour too.”

Zechariah: Someone should write that down!
Oh, who is the master we’ve never seen before,
Calmly reciting the wisdom of the Lord?
Where is a teacher who is half as smart?
Every question pierces to the heart.

Crowd 8: I know I have to love my neighbour, but who’s my neighbour?

Crowd 9: Yeah – I don’t have to love sinners, do I?

Crowd 10: Somebody already asked him that.

Crowd 9: What did he say?

Solo 7:
He said “Just because a child
Has wandered from the rest,
Do you think that God our Father
Ever loves them less?

Solo 8:
Every father every mother
I have ever known,
They would search until they found their child,
And brought him home.

Elizabeth: I hope Jesus is here. He needs to hear that.

Mary: Maybe he’s up front.

Joseph: Excuse me! Excuse me! We’re looking for our son!

Oh, who is the master we’ve never seen before,
Calmly reciting the wisdom of the Lord?
Where is a teacher who is half as smart?
Every question pierces to the heart.
Scene 5
Joseph: Jesus! What are you doing here?

Crowd 11: He’s the one we’ve been talking about, with all the questions and answers.

Joseph: You?

Mary: Oh, Jesus! We were so worried. We looked everywhere!

Jesus: Why were you worried? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?

Joseph: Oh my son. Will I ever understand you?

Crowd 12: I have to tell you, you have a remarkable child.

Mary and Joseph: We know!

Joseph: Three days we wandered around looking for him . . .

Mary: And the whole time you were right here!

Joseph: Apparently, we were the ones who were lost.

Mary: Yes, I guess so!
How Did We Fail to Notice? (Reprise)
Narrator 1: And so Mary and Joseph found their son, Jesus, who wasn’t really lost after all! He
returned to his home in Nazareth. And as he grew, so did his wisdom. A great many people
came to love Jesus, and still do today.

Narrator 2: And sometimes, like Mary and Joseph, those people get a little lost, and wonder
where Jesus has gone. And they have to ask themselves some difficult questions.

How did we fail to notice?
When did we grow so blind?
Why did we get so distracted?
Where did we leave him behind?

Teach us again to know you,
Teach us to stay at your side,
Teach us to sing alleluia,
Praising you with our lives.

Remember the day when he whispered your name
And told you the story was true.
Remember the moment you gave him your heart
Every hour was new.

Remember the love of the friends you found,
A family none can destroy.
Remember the time he answered your prayer,
Your spirit surrendered to joy.

Allelu, Alleluia
Our seeking has come to an end.
Allelu, Alleluia,
In the arms of our savior and friend.

Allelu, Alleluia,
Let this be our prayer and our song,
To be found with the ones who love us
In the home where we know we belong.
Scene 6

This Day (Reprise)
This day, we celebrate;
This day, a holy date.
This day, we will await and sing
Our God is great!

This day, we lift our voices;
This day, no longer slaves.
This day, our land rejoices. This day,   Descant harmony
Our God has saved!

				
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