Sunday, April 24, 2011
Easter 2 A (May 1): Doubt and Discipleship
Bible readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41,Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31
About the Images:
Left: Free from http://www.brazilbrazil.com/scenic.html
Right: Free Microsoft clipart to which I have added the Bible text and the cross
Listening Song: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
By U2 on their album, Joshua Tree (pictured at left) or Best Of 1980-1999. This song matches in well with how Thomas is thinking.
Drama: You'll Never Guess What Happened
Found in Let;s Make a Scene by Verena Johnson, Lutheran Publishing House, page 53 ff (pictured at right). This drama is based on the gospel reading.
Drama: Thomas Reflecting
Found in Stages on the Way by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose, 1998, ISBN 1876357363, page 210 (pictured at left). This drama is based on the gospel reading.
Prayer: Glory be to You
Found in Stages on the Way by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose, 1998, ISBN 1876357363, page 195 (pictured at left). This drama is based on the gospel reading.
Story: The Death of Doubt
Found in The New Century Version Youth Bible, Word, 1991, ISBN 0849909252, page 1095 (pictured at right). This is story is based on the gospel reading.
Story: Love of God
Story 409 in 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers and Writers by Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal, Baker Books, 2002, ISBN 0801091551. This story goes well with the 1 Peter reading.
Found as story No 291 in Your Point Being? by Graham H. Twelftree, Monarch, 2003, ISBN 1854245929. This story matches up well with the 1 Peter reading.
Meditation: Fear and Loneliness
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose publications, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 50
Quote: Alexander McLaren
"He puts the key of the treasure chamber into our hand and bids us take all we want. If someone is admitted into a gold bullion vault of a bank and comes out with just one cent, whose fault is it that he or she is poor?" Found on http://www.plymouthbrethren.org/page.php?page_id=4504
Response Activity: Keys of God's Treasure Chamber
Give everyone a business card with a key printed on it. Project the Alexander McLaren quote. Ask people to think about what it is that they need from God today - is it reassurance, love, the power to be a follower, the Holy Spirit, peace, or direction? Give people a silent space to talk this need with God.