Sunday, September 10, 2006
Proper 19 Ordinary 24 Pentecost 15 B: Wisdom's Invitation
Bible Readings:Proverbs 1:20-33
Theme: Wisdom's Invitation
Kids's Story:God's Greatness
Have a quick discussion about what proverbs are and what the word "wisdom" might mean and then ask 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).
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.
2. Tell us…..
Both: Where do we find true wisdom?
"Wisdom consists of all God's ideas about how the world should be and how we should treat one another" - Carolyn Brown in Forbid The Not: Year B, p.151 (Thanks for the info on this quote, Sandra)
Quotes, Cartoons and Film Clips: Leunig
Just about anything from the pen and mind 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 video Leunig Animated, Fruitcup Films, 2001 (pictured in an earlier blog) or trawl through A Common Prayer: a Cartoonist talks to God by Michael Leunig, Harper Collins, 1990 - ISBN 1863717404 (pictured). Enjoy!
Listening Song; Edge of the World
By Iona on their album Beyond These Shores (pictured in an earlier blog)