Bible readings: Isaiah 49:8-16a, Psalm 131, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, Matthew 6:24-34
About the Images:
Left: This is a Microsoft free clipart image with text from the Matthew reading.
Right: This is also a Microsoft free clipart image (for all who have asked; just type in "hands" in the search box). This wonderful image reminds me of the Isaiah reading.
Listening Song: Stilled My Soul
By Sons of Korah on their album, Resurrection. Based on Psalm 131 (pictured at left)
Listening Song: Treasure
By Iona on their album, Beyond These Shores (pictured at right). This song is based on the gospel reading.
Film Clip: China Cry
(pictured at right) This film is based on an actual true story and this clip is a good example of Jesus' words in Matthew to live one day at a time. You will find the clip at One Day At A Time - Movie Clip from China Cry at WingClips.com.
Drama: Where Do I Fit?
Found in Mega Drama 1 by Verena Johnson (Ed.), Open Book Publishers, 2001, ISBN 0859109151, page 13. This drama is based on the gospel reading.
Creative Reading: The Word on Worry
Found in Worship Ideas For Youth Ministry, Group, 1997, ISBN 076442002X, page 14. This goes well with the gospel reading.
Story: Worry or Life
Found in When You Walk by Adrian Plass, The Bible Reading Fellowship, 1997, ISBN 0745935524, page 20 (pictured at left) . This story is based on the gospel reading.
Story: Intimacy With God
Story 337 in 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers and Writers by Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal, Baker Books, 2002, ISBN 0801091551. This story is matched with the Psalm.Response Activity: Pipe Cleaner Prayers In Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 18. This activity is based on the Isaiah reading.
Poem/Meditation: The Cheerful Unrepentant Weeds
By Ruth Burgess in Dandelions and Thistles: Biblical Meditations from the Iona Community by Jan Sutch Pickard (ed.) Wild Goose Publications, 1999, ISBN 1901557146, page 13 (pictured at left).
Kids: Bob the Bird
By Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2006. This goes with the Matthew reading.Absolutely the best story series around for kids and adults. My whole congregation is delighted every time we use one of these wonderful books.