This is a series of puppet skits for interaction between one adult "straight
man" and a puppet with one black eye and long arms with Velcro at the hands.
Blackeye loves to sail around the world and these are some of the lessons he
Adult: [arms of puppet already surrounding you] I'm so glad you came
to visit us,
Blackeye! So will you sing us your song, Blackeye?
Blackeye: Sure! Uh . . . well . . . uh . . . [whispers in your ear]
I can't sing!
Adult: That's okay, Blackeye. I don't sing well either. But I like to
make "a joyful noise
unto the Lord", like the Bible says! I have an idea. Blackeye, this IS
music practice! Maybe the boys and girls here could help us!
Blackeye: Hey, that's an idea! I like my song. It's just, well, you
know, I don't sing so
well. [turning to the boys and girls] Will you help me? You probably know the
melody-the words are over there. [motions to where the words are]
Adult: Sure we can sing with you. Come on boys and girls. [start the
music of "Popeye
the Sailor Man", changing the words to the following: "I'm Blackeye
Dog, I'm Blackeye the Sailor Dog, I live on a big ship, I love to go cruisin',
I'm Blackeye the Sailor Dog!"
Blackeye: Hey, they sounded great! Do you think they could go with me
and sing my
song where ever I go? Huh, huh?
Adult: Blackeye, the boys and girls do sound wonderful, but they are
here at [your
church's name] to practice their songs!
Blackeye: [startled] Oh, yeah? Is that why everybody's here?
Adult: Yep! These boys and girls really want to learn to share Good
News while they are
Blackeye: Good News? Good News? What good news? I love good news? Tell
Adult: I'm glad you're excited, Blackeye, 'cause this is the BEST Good
News you'll ever
Blackeye: Come on, come on, tell me!
Adult: It's just this, Blackeye [say very deliberately, slowly]: Jesus
Blackeye: [looking puzzled] That's the Good News?
Adult: and you. Jesus loves me and you.
Blackeye: [still looking puzzled] Why is that Good News?
Adult: Because nobody else could love me or you like God does.
Blackeye: Well, my Mom loves me, my Dad loves me, my friends love me
. . .
Adult: [breaks in] Yes, I'm sure they do, Blackeye. But God loves us
even when we are
doing bad things, even when we are not very loveable.
Blackeye: I'm loveable!
Adult: Yes, you are! But you still need to know God loves you even when
always love Him.
Blackeye: [beginning to understand] Oh, you mean, I don't have to be
perfect before God
Adult: That's right, Blackeye! God loves you just the way you are! In
fact, He loved you
so much that He died for you.
Blackeye: Wow, I didn't know anyone would do something like that for
just me! I don't
feel like I deserve it!
Adult: I'm glad you're honest, Blackeye. You're right. You don't deserve
to have Christ
love you so much that He died for you. I don't deserve it, either. But He did
that. Even when I was nasty and did mean things, and pulled my sister's hair,
died for me because He loved me.
Blackeye: Pretty cool! So doesn't everyone need to know that Jesus loves
Adult: Yes, they do, Blackeye. That's where you come in. I thought you
would want to
tell everyone on your cruise, as you travel around the world, that Jesus loves
them. Would you like to do that?
Blackeye: Yes, I would! I'll report back next time I see you to let
you know how people
respond to my Good News!
Adult: Let's sing Blackeye's Song one more time. [repeat song].
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