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PALMS    5'2m?f Palm Sunday: the triumphal entry (puppets)

BERT -- (pop up, drops a palm leaf over the front of the stage, 
sings quietly) Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest...
(drops down)

ERNIE - (enters opposite, stands, watches, looks over edge)

BERT -- (pop up, drops a palm leaf over the front of the stage
sings quietly) Hosanna, Hosanna...(drops down)

ERNIE - Excuse me. What are you doing?

BERT -- (pops up) Huh? You talking to me?

ERNIE - Yes, why are you throwing those palm leaves into the 
street like that?

BERT -- I'm getting ready for the Triumphal Entry. (drops down)

ERNIE - (to audience) The Triumphal Entry? (notices that bert is 
gone, goes over looks down) I say, The triumphal Entry?

BERT -- (pops up, drops another palm leaf over front edge of 
stage) Yes, The Triumphal Entry. (drops down, singing)

ERNIE - (to audience) What is The Triumphal Entry? (notices that 
bert is gone, goes over looks down) I say, what is The Triumphal 
Entry?

BERT -- You are obviously not a Jew. (drops down)

ERNIE - (to audience) Well, no, I'm not. (notices that bert is 
gone, goes over looks down) I say, no I'm not. Can you explain 
it to me?

BERT -- (pops up, drops another palm leaf over front edge of 
stage) Well, it all started about five hundred years ago.

ERNIE - What did?

BERT -- God promised us Jews about five hundred years ago that 
the Son of God would ride into Jerusalem today. (drops down)

ERNIE - The Son of God is going to ride into Jerusalem TODAY?

BERT -- (pops up, drops another palm leaf over front edge of 
stage) Yes, today. (drops down)

ERNIE - So, what are the palm leaves for?

BERT -- (pops up, drops another palm leaf over front edge of 
stage) Whenever a king comes to town, we cover the street with 
leaves to make him feel welcome. (drops down) The Son of God is 
our king.

ERNIE - (looks over edge) That's a lot of palm leaves. What if 
he doesn't show up?

BERT -- (pops up, drops palm leaf on Ernie's head) Oh, sorry.

ERNIE - It's okay. (shakes leaf off if it doesn't fall off) I 
say, what if he doesn't show up?

BERT -- Oh, he'll show up alright. We Jews know that God always 
keeps his promises.

ERNIE - Yes, but you said he promised it 500 years ago. That's a 
long time ago. I mean, what if he forgot or what if he got 
caught in traffic or something?

BERT -- Well, first of all, we Jews know that for thousands of 
years, God has never failed to keep his promise. 

ERNIE - Never?

BERT -- Never. And he's made lots and lots of promises.

ERNIE - Wow!

BERT -- And besides, he's already here.

ERNIE - (looks around) The Son of God is already here? Where?

BERT -- Well, he's not right here, but he's been in Jerusalem 
before, and they just told us he's on his way back today.

ERNIE - Did you cover the street with palm leaves when he was 
here before?

BERT -- No.

ERNIE - Why not?

BERT -- We didn't know he was the Son of God before.

ERNIE - So, you've seen him?

BERT -- Well, sure. Almost everybody in the whole country of 
Israel has seen him. And now we know he is the Son of God.

ERNIE - How do you know that?

BERT -- He did miracles.

ERNIE - Miracles? What are miracles?

BERT -- Miracles are things that people like us couldn't 
possibly do, but God can do them easily.

ERNIE - Like what?

BERT -- Like healing people.

ERNIE - Healing people?

BERT -- Yes. Like making a blind man see. Like making a deaf man 
hear. Like making a crippled man walk. 

ERNIE - No kidding? He did that?

BERT -- Yes. He did other miracles too.

ERNIE - Like what?

BERT -- Like he feeding thousands of people with just a handful 
of food.

ERNIE - Hey, wait a minute. Nobody can feed thousands of people 
with just a handful of food.

BERT -- You're right. Nobody can. But God can.

ERNIE - So he really IS the son of God?

BERT -- Yes, he is. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get 
ready for his Triumphal Entry. (ducks down, pops up, drops 
another palm leaf over front edge of stage, sings Hosanna)

ERNIE - What's that you're singing?

BERT -- Oh, that's a special song we'll sing to the Lord when he 
makes his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. It tells him that 
we've been expecting him. (sings as he ducks down, pops up, 
drops another palm leaf over front edge of stage) 

ERNIE - Hey, that's a catchy little tune. Can I sing along?

BERT -- Sure. You can help me with the palm leaves too.

ERNIE - But I'm not a Jew.

BERT -- It's okay, the Son of God is for everybody, not just for 
the Jews.

(music cue: Hosanna in the Highest)

(all sing Hosanna as Bert and Ernie drop more palm leaves)

BERT -- Come on, boys and girls, sing along with us.

ERNIE - Yes, help us welcome the Son of God.

(Optional: pass out palm leaves to audience members and have 
them spread them on the "road" in front of stage during the 
song)

(music cue: soften music)

BERT -- Here he comes.

ERNIE - (turns his back) Where? I don't see him?

BERT -- (turns Ernie around) There. Here he comes.

ERNIE - Oh, wow! Here he comes!

BERT -- (to audience)  Come on everybody. Sing along. (sings one 
bar of the song) Come on, boys and girls, sing louder. The Son 
of God is coming.

(music cue: music up full volume)

(someone dressed as Jesus walks through and waves)

(music cue: soften music to slowly to off)

ERNIE - So, that was him, huh? That was the Son of God?

BERT -- Yes, that was him. 

ERNIE - Right on time. The Son of God really keeps his promises, 
huh?

BERT -- He sure does.

ERNIE - What's his name.

BERT -- (exiting) His name is Jesus.

ERNIE - Jesus. (follows) I'll have to remember that name.

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