The Woman at the Well
Script for Staged Gospel Reading
Bonnie A. Perry
Narrator: Jesus came to the Samaritan city, named Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, tired from his journey, was sitting at the well.
It was about noon.
A Samaritan woman came to draw water.
Jesus: Give me a drink.
Narrator: His disciples had gone to buy food.
Samaritan Woman: How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink, of me, a Samaritan.
Narrator: Jews don’t share things in common with Samaritans.
Jesus: If you knew, the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink.’ You would have asked him instead. And then he would have given you living water.
SW: Sir, you don’t have a bucket. And that well is deep.
Where are you going to get living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob—who gave us this well?
Jesus: Everyone who drinks of this water, will be thirsty again.
But everyone who drinks of the water that I give them—will NEVER be thirsty. The water I give them, will become in them a spring of water, gushing up into eternal life.
SW: Sir, give me this water…so that I will never be thirsty….or have to keep coming here to draw water from this well.
Jesus: Go—Call your husband and come on back.
SW: I have no husband.
Jesus: You’re right, in saying, ‘I have no husband’; for you’ve had five husbands and the one you have now---he’s not your husband—what you’ve said is true.
SW: Oh—I see that you’re a prophet. (pause)
You know—our ancestors worshipped on this mountain—but you say, (the Jews say)—the place where people must worship is Jerusalem.
Jesus: The hour is coming—when you will worship God, neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem. You worship what you do not know, we worship what we know—for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship God in spirit and in truth…God is spirit—and those who worship God must worship in Spirit and in truth.
SW: I know that the Messiah is coming. When the Messiah comes he will proclaim all things to us.
Jesus: I am he. The one who is speaking to you. (now).
Narrator: Just then the disciples came. They were astonished that Jesus was speaking with a woman. But not one of them said anything or asked anything about it.
Narrator: The woman left her water jar at the well. She went back to the city. She began to talk to the people.
SW: Come see a man who told me everything I have ever done. He cannot be the Messiah—can he?
Narrator: People left the city and went to find this man.
Narrator: Meanwhile the disciples were saying to Jesus, “Rabbi eat something.”
Jesus: I’ve got food to eat that you do not know about.
Narrator: The disciples said to each other, “Did someone else bring him food?”
Jesus: My food—is to do the will of the One who sent me, and to complete His work.
Narrator: Many Samaritans from the city, believed in him, because of the Woman’s testimony.
SW: He told me everything I have ever done. ……..
Narrator: So when so many of the Samaritans went to see and hear him, they asked him to stay with them for a while longer. Jesus stayed for two more days. Many more believed because of his words.
They said to the woman, “It’s no longer because what you said, that we believe. We have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.