Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Proper 9 Ordinary 14 Pentecost 6 C (July 4):Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things/Travelling Light
Bible Readings: 2 Kings 5:1-14, Psalm 30, Galatians 6:1-16, Luke 10:1-11,16-20.
About the images:
Upper: This comes from the Hermano Leon free clip art site (see my link at left) and fits in beautifully with the gospel reading.
Lower:This photo above was taken at 8:30 one night at a sand bagging depot for a local flood a few years back; it was freezing cold, very windy, and drizzling but this little girl begged her Mum "just one more bag" each time they filled one.
Film Clip: The Long Walk Home
(pictured at left) Miriam Thompson is a proper Southern lady, wife to a socially ambitious husband. Odessa Cotter is Miriam's black housekeeper. They both know their place - and they both speak out and change their society forever. There are heaps of good clips in this movie that exemplify ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Film Clip: Willow
Show the clip where Willow is given a job he does not think he is capable of doing.
1. When have you felt like Willow - not up to what you think God is asking you to do?
2. What is of help when you feel like this?
Quote: Helmut Thielicke
A church is in a bad way when it banishes laughter from the sanctuary and leaves it to the cabaret, the night club and the toastmasters.
Kid's Story: Giraffes Can't Dance
By Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, Orchard Books, 2000, ISBN 1841215651 (pictured at right)
Story: The Little Girl and the Piano
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties, 1994, ISBN 0310402611, page 143 (pictured at left). A story that shows that with help we can all do extraordinary things.
Story: Sharing Faith:Unknown Soldiers
Found in The New Century Version Youth Bible, Word, 1991, ISBN 0849909252, page 1022. This stroy goes well with the Gospel reading,
Discussion: On the 2 Kings Reading
Divide your congregation into five groups. Each group will represent one of the following characters in the story: the slave Girl, Naaman's wife, Elisha's servants, Naaman, the King of Israel.
Ask each group to discuss the following questions:
1. Describe the person according to their accepted job role.
2. How has this/these persons acted out of character.
Give everyone a business card sized sketch of a candle. Ask them to write on the candle the name of someone that in the world's eyes is quite insignificant but who has helped them on their faith journey. On the other side write what they think God is calling them to do despite their feelings of inadequacy