Sunday, September 23, 2018

Proper 21 Ordinary 26 B (September 30): God's Possibilities























Bible Reading: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50

About the images:
Upper Left: This is a free image from the Heartlight site - see my link column at left
Upper Right: This image, among hundreds of others, comes from www.churchpowerpoint.com, a wonderful site which provides both free and subscription powerpoint images and backgrounds connected to the lectionary readings each week.
Middle Left: This is a free Microsoft clipart image.
Middle Right: This is a free image from the Hermano Leon site - see my link column at left.
Lower Left:This is a free wikicommons image with words from the gospel reading paraphrased (Aussie style) by www.laughingbird.com.

Listening Song: Shine
By Newsboys on their album, Shine The Hits (pictured at left) or on WOW 1996. This song goes well with the gospel reading.

Kid's Story:
The Esther reading makes a great kid's story provided you use a good story teller

Film Clip: Legally Blonde
Watch the scene where California sorority girl Elle Woods arrives at Harvard. She clearly doesn't fit the picture of a Harvard Law student - and she is treated like it! Film cover pictured at right.

Film Clip: Thunderpants 
Show the clip where Alan tells Patrick that he could not possibly ever be a spaceman. This is a clip with the same idea as the one above but with film (see picture at left) appeal to primary aged kids. This clip is available from www.wingclips.com

Discussion: For Legally Blonde
or Thunderpants
Ask: What is going on in whatever film clip you used?
Then read Bible reading: Mark 9:38-50.
Read verses 38-42 verses again.
Ask: What is going on with the disciples in this reading?
Ask people to compare the two situations.
When do you think we act like the disciples or the Harvard students/Alan?
According to the disciples, why doesn’t the man casting out demons belong?
Put yourself in their shoes - how would you feel?
What makes us critical of others?
Would the man, or those witnessing what happened, feel that they could join the community of disciples after what the disciples had just said?
How does our church today send similar messages to those who might wish to join us?

Poem: Blessed Be these Hands
by Diann Neu and found in  Imaging the Word Volume 1, United Church Press, 1994, ISBN 0829809716, page 23 (pictured at left). This is based on the gospel reading. I put images with this beautiful poem and backed it musically with Leaving Behind by Robert Miles on his album, 23am (pictured at right). 

Response Activity:
Give each person a key card (pictured above).
Encourage people to use the cards as a reminder that God opens up all kinds of possibilities for us to see in others when we work with him.
AND/OR
Give everyone a piece of self hardening clay and ask them to make a small goblet as a reminder of Mark 9:41 (which you could simultaneously project while people are working). 

Also:

Worship Activity: Prayer for Healing

By Jim Burns and Robin Dugall in Worship Experiences, Gospel Light, 1999, ISBN, 0830724044, page 45 (pictured at right).  This is based on the James reading.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Proper 20 Ordinary 25 B (September 23): Like a Tree/The Art of Being a Deadset Legend





















Bible Readings: Proverbs 31:10-31, Psalm 1, James 3:13-4:3,7-8a, Mark
9:30-37

About the images:
Upper Left: The Bundarra river in the Victorian (Australian) High country. It is my photo so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities. If you want to know more info about this beautiful, isolated part of the world visit http://www.blueduckinn.com.au/blue-duck-history.html
Upper Right: This images comes from http://www.chreader.org and permission is given on the site for the use of the image for worship and related activities.
Middle Left: This is a free image from the Heartlight site - se  my link column at left.
Middle Right: This is my image and you are free to use it for worship and related activities.  It is the remains (with good provenance) of Peter's mother in law's house in Capernaum. 
Lower Left: A free image from Unsplash by Vincent Chin with my text. 

Resources for the Mark Reading:

Film: Spotswood
There are a number of scenes in this film where Russell Crowe's character, Kim, tries to make Carey (Ben Mendelsohn) look inferior, appear silly or look like a loser. This is a really good film with lots of useful clips (pictured at right).

Drama: Waiter, Waiter.
Found in Mega Drama 4 by Verena Johnson, Open books, 2002, ISBN 0859109186, page 20 (pictured at left)
 
Drama: My Church is Better Than Your Church
Found in 40 Devotions That Work With Youth by Geraldine Anderson (Ed.), JBCE, 1983, ISBN 0858194147, page 40 (pictured at right). This adapts easily and well for adults.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, When You Took a Child
Found in Present on Earth by Wild Goose Worship Group,Wild Goose, 2002, ISBN 0901557642, page 86 (pictured at left).

Also:

Kids: The Magic Saddle
By Christobel Mattingly and Patricia Mullins with lots of ideas for a whole worship service found in Worship is For Everyone by Julie Pinazza, Openbook Publishers, 2000, ISBN 0859109259, page 2 (pictured at right). 

Kids: The Sea-Breeze Hotel 

By Marcia Vaughan and Patricia Mullins with lots of ideas for a whole worship service found in Worship is For Everyone by Julie Pinazza, Openbook Publishers, 2000, ISBN 0859109259, page 13 (pictured at right). This goes well with the gospel.


Resources for the Psalm Reading: 

Listening Song: Like a Tree
By Christ Falsen on his album, A Tree By The Water (pictured at right).

Kid's Time: A Real Success
Found in Fun Group Devotions for Children's Ministry by various authors, Group Publishing, 1993, ISBN 1559451610, page 61 (pictured at left).

Youth: Cable Surfing All Alone
Found in Could Someone Wake Me Up Before I Drool on the Desk by Kevin Johnson, Bethany House,1995, ISBN 1556614160, page 55.

Response Activity: A Leaf from God's Book
Found in Multi-Sensory Together by Ian Birkinshaw, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271641, page 15.

Kids: Tina the Tree
This is another brilliant book  by Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2012. This goes with the Psalm reading.  The great thing about these books is that they only around $A5 and for a further $A10 (or instead of) you can buy on line the story in any format you need to project the pictures in church.  There are also free activity sheets and for a cost activity books for both teachers and children.  Visit www.lostsheep.com.au to check out all the excellent resources.

Resources for Season of Creation: Isaiah 65:17-25

Film Clip: All Things New
From the Work of the People - see my link column at left


   
   
   
   
   
   
   


Liturgies
Lots to be found in The Abingdon Worship Annual 2013 by Mary J. Scifres and B. J. Beu (Eds). Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2012, ISBN 9781426746796, pages 267-272

Illustration: Forgiveness and Forgetting
Story No. 520 in 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching by Michael P. Green,(Ed.) Baker Books, Grand Rapids, 1989, ISBN 0801063302.

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Resources:
Lots to be found in Resources for Preaching and Worship Year C compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, 2003, ISBN 066422508, pages 286-289




Sunday, September 09, 2018

Proper 19 Ordinary 24 B (September 16): Finding wisdom/Taking up your cross
























Bible Readings: Proverbs 1:20-33, Psalm 19, James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38

About the Images:
Upper Left:
This is a free Microsoft clipart image with my text added to it.

Upper Right:
This is my photo, my hand, pen, lamp, desk etc so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Middle Left: This is a free image from Scripture Pics - the site seems to have disappeared off the web - can anybody can tell me where it has gone
Middle Right: This is a free image from Church Galleries - see my link column at left.
Lower Left: This is my image. Please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.

Listening Song: Edge of the World
By Iona on their album, Beyond These Shores (pictured at left). This goes well with the Proverbs reading.

Kids Story: God's Greatness
Have a quick discussion about what proverbs are and what the word "wisdom" might mean and then ask them where wisdom comes from. Conclude by using Story 250 in 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers and Writers by Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal, Baker Books, 1993, ISBN 0801091551 (pictured at right).

Film Clip: Psalm 19a
By Sons of Korah



Dramatic Illustrated Reading:
This can be used as an introduction to the sermon or the reading or you can use the last line as the start of a discussion. Use two readers and illustrate what they are saying either with projected images or mimes. Make sure the readers read smoothly but with enough time for people to take in the image or mime action.
1. Think for a minute about wisdom
2. And foolishness.
1. Wisdom outshines foolishness
2. As light outshines darkness
1. The wise man has his eyes in his head
2. But the foolish man walks in darkness.
1. A wise man listens to advice.
2. But the way of the fool is right in his own eyes
1. The wise man trusts God.
2. The foolish man trusts only himself and takes pleasure in his own opinion
1. The wise man quietly holds back when he is annoyed and irritated
2. The foolish man lets everybody know about it.
1. So...
2. Tell us…..
Both: Where do we find true wisdom?

Story: The Subversive Cross
Found at http://www.elsalvadorperspectives.com/2009/11/subversive-cross.html
This story goes well with the Gospel reading. 

Quote:
"Wisdom consists of all God's ideas about how the world should be and how we should treat one another" - Carolyn Brown in Forbid Them Not: Year B, page 151 (pictured at left). Thanks for the info and source of this quote, Sandra.

Quotes, Cartoons and Film Clips by Leunig

Just about anything from the pen and mind and heart of Michael Leunig works well for this theme - particularly when you think of how we can recognise wisdom. If you don't know where to start, I suggest you look at the DVD Leunig Animated, Fruitcup Films, 2001 (pictured at right) or trawl through A Common Prayer: A Cartoonist Talks to God by Michael Leunig, Harper Collins, 1990, ISBN 1863717404 (pictured at left). Enjoy!!!

Meditation: Bearing the Cross II
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 92 (pictured at right). This goes well with the gospel reading.

Also:

Kids: Gabriella's Song
By Candace Fleming and Giselle Potter, Simon and Schuster,  with lots of ideas for a whole worship service found in Worship is For Everyone by Julie Pinazza, Openbook Publishers, 2000, ISBN 0859109259, page 25 (pictured at left). This goes well with the Psalm reading.

Taize Service: Losing  Your Life

Found in Worship Feast by Taize, Abingdon Press, 2004, page 10 (pictured at right). This is based on the Mark reading.