Summary: Peter is trying to catch another fish with a coin in its mouth, but this time with wrong motives.
Style: Light-hearted. Duration: 7min
Scripture: Matthew 17 vs 24 – 27
PETER: Disciple with fishing rod. He is wearing a coat.
BEN: Friend of Peter and follower of Jesus. Sarcastic at every opportunity. has chocolate coins in his pocket.
(Setting: Peter is sitting on a chair with a rod and line, the line extends off stage where someone hooks on a “fish” unseen by the audience [FISH ON LINE]. Peter is waiting for a bite. There is a plate on the ground.)
BEN: [Enters] Hello Peter. I was wondering where you were. What are you doing?
PETER: Hi Ben. What does it look like I’m doing? Doh!
BEN: Well obviously I can see that you are fishing, but why the rod? Surely you want to be out on the lake fishing from a boat in the normal way? With a big net?
PETER: I wanted to do it this way for a change.
BEN: You won’t catch many.
PETER: I’ll have you know I have caught ten already.
BEN: [Ben looks around for them] Really? Ten?
PETER: I threw them back. [FISH ON LINE he stands and as if being pulled rushes around edge of stage with fish in tow. He pulls rod] I’ve got another bite! [he reels in and removes the fish from the hook examining inside its mouth]
BEN: Why are you looking inside its mouth? Anything in there?
PETER: ‘Fraid not. Pity, I’ll try for another [he puts fish on a plate and casts the line]
BEN: [Incredulous] You mean you were expecting to find something inside? Sand? Pebbles?
PETER: Shut up and leave me alone
BEN: Oh now I want to see this, I’m fascinated!
PETER: [shouts] Go away, Ben!
BEN: Shh! You’ll frighten the fish away. You carry on. Don’t mind me.
PETER: [stands and speaks aggressively into Ben’s face] I’d rather fish in private.
BEN: [holds hands up in surrender] Pretend I’m not here then.
PETER: [FISH ON LINE. Excited,Peter forgets Ben is there and talks to himself as he circles stage with fish pulling] Right, let’s see if I’m lucky this time. [he takes the fish off the hook and examines inside its mouth visually, then his finger] No. [puts fish on a plate. He looks tired and fed up]
BEN: Pete, how long have you been at this …rod fishing?
PETER: Since sunrise.
BEN: And you have caught 10?
PETER: 12 .
BEN: Why don’t you take a break?
PETER: I might miss the “lucky fish”
BEN: Lucky fish? Oh, now! You’ve had too much sun my boy. [He takes the rod off Peter and puts it on the ground, Peter feels Ben’s forehead] Let’s go for a walk shall we?
PETER: But… [he anxiously indicates the rod]
BEN: It’ll still be there when you get back. Come with me. Now, let’s have a little chat. [They walk slowly round the stage Ben’s arm round Peter] So Pete, what is all this about a lucky fish?
PETER: I just want a bit of extra money.
BEN: Right? How much can you get for a “lucky fish” then? [Ben indicates to the audience with his finger rotating to the side of his forehead, that Peter is crazy]
PETER: Hey! I saw that. I’m not mad. It’s just that…er…
BEN: Go on.
PETER: When I was with Jesus yesterday, I caught a fish right here on this beach. It had a coin in its mouth!
BEN: Really? How many fish did you have to catch yesterday?
PETER: Just one. Jesus said “Drop a line in and the first fish you catch will have a coin in its mouth” and it did. It was amazing.
BEN: That’s impressive. How big was the fish? [Peter indicates with his hands] How much was the coin?
PETER: Four drachmas.
BEN: But why? Jesus doesn’t normally bother with money.
PETER: It was for our temple tax.
BEN That’s two drachma.
PETER For both of us. Two times two equals four. Doh!
BEN: Oh, I get it! So now you’re trying to catch another fish…
PETER: …with a coin in its mouth – that’s the lucky fish. Can I go back to fishing now please?
BEN: Is that really the best use of your time? [Peter shrugs and excited picks up the rod again and casts the line] What are the chances of it happening again?
PETER: I don’t know. One in a hundred?
BEN: So you could end up doing this all day, all week, all year. Peter, it’s a complete waste of time. Bit like the lottery really isn’t it?
PETER: But it’s fun! I get a buzz every time I get a bite. It makes me happy.
BEN: Think about why Jesus did the … coin… fish… money thing in the first place.
PETER: For our taxes.
BEN: So now you don’t need money for tax. What would you do if you found a coin?
PETER: Get a new coat?
BEN: Do you really need one?
PETER: No, but it’s so old-fashioned.
BEN: Does that matter? [Peter thinks and shakes his head] So what else would you buy?
PETER: A second donkey?
BEN: Can’t you manage with one?
PETER: Yes, but what if she gets sick? Or I could save up to go to Egypt on holiday.
BEN: Save up? How many lucky fish would that take? What would Jesus say if he knew you were doing this?
PETER: He’d say, “haven’t you got anything better to do with your time?”
BEN: Right. Yesterday, you needed tax money and Jesus provided it via a…. fish. You needed it. He provided it.
PETER: Yes, I suppose so. But I’ve got a whole list of things that I want.
BEN: And a list of things you need. God will provide all the things you need, but….
PETER: …not necessarily everything I want? So you think I should give up searching for the lucky fish then? [Ben nods.] Okay.
BEN: Good. Now, let’s take those fish you caught and cook them for supper.
PETER: All right. [he pulls the rod to leave but it resists. Someone off stage pulls line then lets it go. Peter falls in the water and flails around.] Aargh!
BEN: [Pulls him out of the water] Are you all right?
PETER: No I am not. I’m all wet!
BEN: [They leave the rod. Ben picks up the plate of fish] Lets get a fire going and dry you out. [They walk away, Ben stops and turns Peter to face him and gives him the plate of fish] Open your mouth.
BEN: Open your mouth Peter opens his mouth and Ben examines inside visually]
PETER: [with mouth open] What are you doing?
BEN: Can’t you guess? I’ve just fished you out of the lake so I thought [he looks at the audience eyebrows raised waiting for them to realise what he’s doing] …. Let’s have a look now [he puts his fingers in Peter’s mouth and by sleight of hand pulls out a chocolate coin] Look at that!
PETER: Wow! How did you do that?
BEN: Clever eh? [he gets a bag of coins out of his pocket and offers Peter one.] Chocolate coin?
PETER: Don’t mind if I do! Chocolate is one of the things on my list you know.
BEN: Which one? The things you want or the things you need?
PETER: Both of course [They laugh and exit]
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