Pizza Party for Everybody
By John Cosper
Themes: God’s invitation to everyone
Eddie- An excited kid
Joan- Eddie’s mom
Eddie runs on, wearing a party hat.
EDDIE: WOOOOOO! It’s party time! Time to rock and party like it’s somebody’s birthday. Because it is somebody’s birthday - it’s mine! Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me! I can’t believe it’s finally here! I invited all my friends, and we’re gonna have a big pizza bash. We’re having pepperoni pizza, cheese pizza, sausage pizza, and the best pizza ever - grilled shrimp and pineapple with smoked gouda cheese and a smokey barbecue sauce! (if kids in the audience say, “Ewwww,” Eddie responds with) This is not your party! It’s my party! Any minute now, all my friends will come streaming in that door: Steve, Ben, Donny, Jimmy, Johnny. And Christina, but not because we like girls. Christina plays football with us and has an arm like a cannon and even though she has cooties, you have to respect the skills.
JOAN: Eddie, honey, I have good news and bad news.
EDDIE: Hi Mom! (to audience) This is my Mom, the party queen. What’s the news, Mom?
JOAN: The pizza will be here in ten minutes.
EDDIE: Woo hoo! I can smell the shrimp and pineapple now.
EDDIE: So what’s the bad news?
JOAN: Your friends aren’t coming.
JOAN: They all called and said they can’t come.
EDDIE: All of them? What about Steve?
JOAN: Steve has soccer practice.
EDDIE: What about Ben?
JOAN: Ben just got a new video game, and he wants to play that instead.
EDDIE: What about Donny?
JOAN: Donny’s reading Harry Potter, and he can’t put it down long enough to come. He has to see how it ends.
EDDIE: What about Jimmy?
JOAN: Jimmy’s gone camping with his family.
JOAN: Johnny’s got a new girlfriend. He’s going out with her.
EDDIE: Gross. I guess that just leaves me... and Christina.
JOAN: Christina’s not coming either.
EDDIE: Why not?
JOAN: She’s going out with Johnny.
JOAN: I’m sorry, Eddie. I know you were looking forward to your party. But it looks like it’s just you and me and the pizzas.
EDDIE: No, Mom. It won’t be just you and me. When the pizza guy gets here, invite him to stay and party with us.
JOAN: The pizza guy?
EDDIE: Then go out into the streets. Invite the blind guy who begs on the corner, the kids down the street at the orphanage, the kid in the wheelchair two blocks over, and any other kids you see. Doesn’t matter what color they are, or what language they speak, or how much money they have. Invite them here.
EDDIE: Then go down to the playground. Not just the one at the school, but the one down by the tracks. Bring all the kids. Every one of them! We’re going to have a party today, and I want everyone to come!
EDDIE: We’ll pack the house with people, from the kitchen to the living room to the backyard. I want to welcome everyone, and I mean EVERYone, the same way Jesus welcomes all of us into his family. We’ve got something to celebrate, and no one will be turned away!
JOAN: Eddie! We only have five pizzas.
EDDIE: Better call the pizza guy, Mom. We’re gonna need a lot more shrimp and pineapple!