Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax collector Drama (Children’s version)

Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax collector (Children’s Version) Luke.18.9-14

Artwork: The Pharisee and the Publican by Harry Lisgo

Narrator: Two people one day came into church, one was a Pharisee, the other a Tax Collector.

The Pharisee stood up and this is how he prayed.

I’m GOOD, I'M GREAT there’s no-one quite like me,

Look around at all the others, and you’ll see,

They’re LAZY, THEY'RE SELFISH, they tell tales all day long,

And I cannot be faulted for I never go far wrong.

And so he continued………

I’……m PERFECT, SO CHEERFUL, a pleasure to have around

I work just as requested and I never make a sound

He’s MESSY, untidy, his work is such a STATE,

And mine is simply perfect, and my homework’s never LATE.

And so he continued……..

I……. give my money to the poor, I give them what I can,

I say my PRAYERS AT NIGHT-TIME and I am your biggest fan God

But I’m pleased I’m not like him, always in a MESS,

And what I am about to say, you’ll never GUESS

And so he continued

He’s not been in the good book

Not seven times like me,

So am I getting through God?

Aren’t you pleased …. You’ve got a son …. Like me?

Narrator: The other child would not even raise his eyes to heaven,

but hung his head in shame and whispered…….

Oh God, I just can’t help myself at times……. I’m so sorry

Which of these two went on their way forgiven?

© Sheila Hamil revised January 2014