Sunday, May 25, 2014

Easter 7 A (June 1): Power to Spare










Bible Readings: Acts 1:6-14, Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35, 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11, John 17:1-11

About the images:
Upper Left: This is a free
image from www.wickamediacommons.com of the 1982 eruption of Galungung volcanoe in Indonesia with my text.
Upper Right: This is a free microsoft clipart image with text from the Bible.
Lower Left: This is St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne seen from the top of the Eureka Tower.  The words are from the Newsboys song below.
 
 Listening Song: He Reigns
By the Newsboys and found on their album, Adoration, Sparrow Records or on WOW 2004 (pictured at left).

Story: Fox
By Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks, Allen and Unwin, 2000, ISBN 1864484659 (pictured at right). This is a children's story but I used it as part of the sermon and followed it with a question for discussion:
What are the r
aging lions (I Peter) or manipulating foxes (this story) in our lives?

Film Clip:The World's Fastest Indian.
(pictured at left) Show th
e clip where he needs a push start to get his bike going on the beach. See clip below








The World's Fastest Indian | Movie Trailer | Review

Questions: The World's Fastest Indian.
1. Why is he left behind on the beach?
2. What helps him get going?
3. What sort of things stop us from getting going?

Drama: They Can Find Their Own Chairs
Found in Mega Drama 5 by Verena Johnson (Ed), Open Book, 2002, ISBN 0859109194, page 24 (pictured at right). This drama is based on the Acts reading and/or the Ascension day Luke reading.


Drama: It's Contagious
Found in Let's Make Another Scene 3 by Verena Johnson, Open Book Publishers, 1995, ISBN 0859107620, page 28 (pictured at left).  This drama is based on the Acts reading.

Discussion: On the Acts story of the disciples left standing and staring at the sky
What sort of things are liable to immobilise us?

Story: Power To Spare

Found in Micro Messages by Rich Bundschuh and Tom Finlay, Gospel light, 1995, ISBN 0838715789, page 161 (pictured at right). This is based on the Acts reading.

Story: Assault on a Soda Machine
Found in Case Studies, Talk Sheets and Discussion Starters by Jim Burns and Mark Simone, Gospel Light, 1997, ISBN 0830718842, page 23. This story fits well with the 1 Peter reading.

Poem: Acts 1:9
Found in In Due Season by Herbert F Brokering, Augsburg Publishing, 1966 in the Autumn section.


Prayers: Easter 7A
Found
in Imaging the Word Volume 2 by Susan A. Blain Sharon Iverson Glouwens, Catherine O'Callaghan, Grant Spradling (Eds.), United Church Press, 1995, ISBN 0829810331, page 204-207.  These prayers go well with the 1 Peter reading.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Easter 6 A (May 25): Reach Out



















Bible Readings: Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21

About the Images:
Upper Left: This free image is found on Wikipedia Commons. I put the text on it.
Upper Right: This free image comes from Microsoft clip art.
Lower Left: This image comes from the wonderful Church Galleries site - see my link at left.

Drama: Pardon Me, Who Died
Found in Gospel Dramas by Dean Nadasdy, Augsburg, 1985, ISBN 0806621850, page 50 (pictured at left), It has good questions for a congregational discussion as well as the drama and matches in well with th gospel reading.  

Film Clip: Chariots of Fire

(pictured at right) Show the clip where Eric Liddell says "God made me run and when I run fast, I feel his pleasure". Use this to talk about our own ministries and callings.




Quote: Jean Vanier (Founder of L'Arche)
How can we live and love as Jesus did, except through the mysterious gift and power which he gives through his Spirit, so that we become his face, his hands, his heart and body?"


Response Activity:

Give everyone a copy of the gospel reading and a pencil and ask them to underline all the promises found within the reading (working in pairs works quite well for this).


Response Activity:

Give everyone a piece of white self hardening clay (a 1 inch cube is adequate per person). Ask people to take a moment to pray and to think about how God's Spirit is at work in them. As they pray they can use their piece of clay to make a small symbol of God's presence with them (eg dove, butterfly, cross, flame, whatever). If you need to, play some nice thinking music in the background. This activity can be done with pencil and paper instead of clay but clay is far more fun and those who are good with their hands respond very appreciatively to this worship activity.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Easter 5 A (May 18): We all have a part to play



















Bible readings: Acts 7:55-60, Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16, 1 Peter 2:2-10, John 14:1-14

About the Images:
Upper Left: Castellers A free image from wikimedia commons, this is a pho
to of human tower (castall) traditionally built during festivals in many places in Catalonia in Spain. Besides the people who actually climb, many are also needed to form the the base of the castell. They help sustain the weight and act as a sort of safety net.
Upper Right: This is a microsoft free clip art with my text.
Lower Left: Another Microsoft free clipart

Listening Song: What You Need
by Audio Adrenaline on their self titled album (pictured at left). This song fits with all the readings however I used it with the 1 Peter reading because it applied to it so well.


Introduction Activity: For the 1 Peter reading
Before the service, give everybody a piece of Leggo as they arrive at church. Just before the reading ask everyone to build something really interesting by themselves with their piece of Leggo. When it is obvious that it cannot be done, ask people to work together in groups. You can do the same thing by giving everyone a piece of a jigsaw puzzle however this works better with smaller congregations because if you have a large congregation you will need a big puzzle and it might take the whole service to complete it!!!!

Film Clip: I Am Sam
(pictured at right) Show the clip where Sam and his frie
nds buy Lucy a pair of new shoes for her to go to school in.

Discussion: I Am Sam

How can this film clip be a picture of the church?
Can we all contribu
te to the church (think beyond money)?
What do you see as your role?


 Drama: Well I Declare
Found in Let's Make A Scene Too by Verena Johnson, Lutheran Publishing House, 1991, ISBN 085910608X, page 51 (pictured at left). This drama is based on the 1 Peter reading.

Story: Trying To Do the Job Alone
Found in Illustrations, Stories and Quotes to Hang Your Message On by Jim Burns and Greg McKinnon, Gospel Light, 1997, ISBN 0830718834, page 173 (pictured at right). This very funny story, although well known, fits in well with the 1 Peter reading and is always enjoyed.

Story: High Voltage
Found in Could Someone Wake Me Up Before I Drool On The Desk by Kevin Johnson, Bethany House Publishers, 1995, ISBN 1556614160, pp. 83 (pictured at left). This story is based on the 1 Peter reading.

Meditation: God's Own People
Found in He Was in the World by John L. Bell, Wild Goose Publications, 1995, ISBN 094798870X, page 97 (pictured at right)
. This meditation goes with the 1 Peter reading.






Sunday, May 04, 2014

Easter 4 A (May 11): Church - Dead or Alive/Coming Home/Revenge or relief


























Bible Readings: Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10

About the Images:
Upper Left: This image has it's copyright details included on the image.
Upper Right: This is a microsoft free clipart image.
Lower Left: Mine - free for worship and related activities

Listening Song: Better Days Ahead
by Steve Grace on his album, Better Days Ahead (pictured at right).


Kids's Story: The Song of the King
By Max Lucado, Eagle, 1995, ISBN 0863472974 (pictured at left) and originally published as Tell Me the Secrets.

 Kid's Story: Sometimes I Get Scared: Psalm 23 for Children
by Elspeth Campbell Murphy and Jane Nelson, Chariot Books. 1980. ISBN: 9780891912750 (pictured at right)


Youth: More Than Skin Deep
Found in Could Someone Wake Me Up Before I Drool On The Desk by Kevin Johnson, Bethany House Publishers, 1995, ISBN 1556614160, pp. 73 (pictured at left)

Film Clip: Nottinghill
Show the scene where they are sitting around in a small group and they all begin sharing personal things about themselves. (pictured at right) Goes well with the Acts reading.

Discussion: On film clip above
What does this clip teach us about small groups?

Film Clip: Dead Poets Society
(pictured at left) Show chapter 3 where Mr Keating (Robin Williams) encourages the boys to tear out the first few instructional pages of their poetry books and challenges them to instead, think for themselves and be part of life. He asks them what verse they will contribute to the world.

Discussion: On film clip above
What is your verse?


Drama: The LCA and ECC

Found in Drama Resources 2, Lutheran Publishing House, 2000, page 74 (pictured in an earlier blog). This is a drama about the church.

Story: The Flying V
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties Inc, 1994, ISBN 031040261, page 95 (pictured at right). This story is based on the church.


Story: Twenty Dollars Short
Found in In Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks Book 4 by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 2001, ISBN 0310236193, page 122 (pictured in an earlier blog). This goes well with the 1 Peter reading.

Quote: Teresa of Avila
"Lord, if this is the way you treat your friends, it's no wonder you have so few!" This also goes well with 1 Peter.


Response Activity: Fridge Magnet Psalms
Found n Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 22 (pictured at right).

Response Activity: Abstract Art Bible Pictures
Found n Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 25 (pictured at right)

Response Activity: Psalm Calligraphy
Found n Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 27 (pictured at right).