Bible Reference: I Samuel 28:3-25:31
Broom Puppets (see directions, below): Samuel, King Saul, Saul in disguise,
Servant, Good Advisor, Bad Advisor, Witch. (Leader and Operator are
not puppets but position themselves to the side of the stage.)
Do you know what this is? (show broom). We can find brooms everywhere. What do you do with brooms?
Sometimes during Halloween children will dress up in witch costumes and pretend to ride a
broomstick. There are also cartoons about witches riding broomsticks.
But I want to show you another way to use a broom.
(Show the witch puppet bag (or hat), and place it on the brush part of
This is a broom puppet.
We will use it in today's Bible skit.
Thankfully there is no such thing as a witch who flies around frightening
people. That's just pretend. But in today's Bible story from 1 Samuel
there is an important lesson about a "medium," who is
sometimes called a witch, in Scripture. King Saul had a choice to make about going to see a medium. He knew
mediums or witches were evil and not of God. Listen closely now to an important lesson about making
good and bad choices.
Leader: King Saul was miserable old man. He had disobeyed God. He had exalted
himself over Godís rules. He had gone crazy. He thought no one loved
him and everyone wanted to kill him. In his madness he killed all the priests. Now the Philistines were coming to attack his army and he
was afraid. In the past, he would have gone to God's Prophet, Samuel, for advice.
But Samuel had died, and he had gotten rid of all of the other priests! Saul had no one to turn to for help.
Saul: Where are my counselors? Where are my soldiers? Where's my mommy?
Good Advisor: May I be of some help? I think we should send someone to reason with the
Saul: (whining) Get out of here! If I could only talk to
Bad Advisor: (very sneaky and devious) I know a witch
bring people back from the dead.
Saul: A witch?
Good Advisor: There are no witches. Witchcraft is against
Saul: Thatís right! Witchcraft is against the law. (Pushes the advisor away)
But tell me more.
Bad Advisor: She lives in Endor.
Good Advisor: (tells audience) Witches get their power from Satan.
We are only supposed to be guided by God and only God. Poor Saul.
Leader: So King Saul disguised himself, and went to the town of Endor in search of the witch.
(Change puppets. Knocks on door. Door opens.)
Saul: (calls out) Hello!
Witch: What do you want?
Saul: Iím trying to contact someone on the other side.
Witch: King Saul has executed all the witches.
Saul: What do you think Iím going to do? Tell him I consulted a witch? Weíd BOTH die. Look,
I promise you King Saul is not going to hurt you.
Witch: Okay, who do you want to contact?
Witch: (Obviously expecting more) Did you have a specific Samuel in mind, or will just anyone do?
Saul: You know, SAMUEL . . . God's
Witch: Oh THAT Samuel. What are you, crazy? Heís about as keen on witches as Saul!
Saul: Oh, never mind.
Witch: Wait a minute. Letís give it a try. Samuel, oh Samuel.
(weird sound effects)
Operator: (voice only) Iím sorry this number has been disconnected. If you feel you have reached this number
by mistake please hang up and dial again.
Witch: Oh, I thought I called 1-666 collect.
Operator: (Voice only) Sorry, wrong area code.
Witch: Forget the call. Iíll try chanting. Sam-u-el, Sam-u-el,
(Samuel appears. Witch screams and faints. She wakes up and screams
If youíre really here, then (turning to Saul) YOU must be King Saul! (faints again)
Saul: Iím in trouble, Samuel. I donít know
what to do. Help me!
Samuel: Why ask me when the Lord has turned against you? You have already lost your kingdom because you disobeyed
Him. Tomorrow the Philistines will conquer your army. You and your sons will die.
Leader: King Saul fell on his face in terror. The
witch had risked her life to obey King Saulís orders. She had never
called a real person back from the dead, nor does Satan have the power to bring
people back the dead. God allowed this to happen. Later, the witch
prepared a meal for the terrified King and sent him back to camp. The
next day Saul died along with his three sons, just as God had said. Davidís best friend, Jonathan, died along with his father in the battle;
it was a very sad day for Israel.