Friday, June 27, 2014

Proper 9 A (July 6): Sharing the Burden





















Bible Reading: Genesis 24: 34-38, 42-49, 58-67, Psalm 45: 10-17 or Song of Songs 2:8-13, Romans 7;15-25a, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30.

About the Images:
Upper Left : This is a microsoft free clipart onto which I have put the Biblical text.
Upper Right: This is a free image from Heartlight (you will find a link to Heartlight in my links column at left).
Lower Left: This is a free image from www.sundaygraphx.blogspot.com. It makes a great background slide and comes in three languages: english, spanish and portuguese (I think). 

Listening Song: Much Afraid
By Jars of Clay on their album, Much Afraid (pictured at left). This song fits quite well with the Matthew reading.


Listening Song: A Noble Theme Psalm 45
By Sons of Korah on their album, Hand on the
Plough (pictured at right).

Call to Worship
Found in Life Plus Ideas For Worship, JBCE 1996, ISBN 1864071079, page 4 (pictured at left). This is based on the Gospel reading.

Kids Time: Liturgical stole and Good Intentions
A good explanation about both which links well with both the Matthew and the Romans reading can be found in Forbid Them Not Year A by Carolyn C Brown, Abingdon Press, 1992, ISBN 068713255X, page 129 (pictured at right).

Film Clip: Wall-e
(pictured at left) Show the trailer i
n which you see Wall-e bored and lonely .

Discussion: Wall-e
What two things are making
Wall-e sad?
What do you think would make him happy?


Film Clip: Les Miserables
(pictured at right) Use the clip right near the end when Javert and Valjean have a conversation by the river and Javert lets himself fall into the water. This is a great illustration of the Romans reading when we can paint ourselves into a corner if we do not acknowledge our need for a Saviour. I used a Wingclips film clip for this - you can visit their site via my link column at left.

Discussion on the Matthew reading
In wha
t areas would you like to be more closely yoked with Jesus as a church?

Drama: A Load of Rubbish
Found in Let's Make Another Scene by Verena Johnson, Open Book Publishers, 1995, ISBN 0859107620, page 17. This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Discussion for A Load of Rubbish
What are some of the burdens we carry around with us?


Drama: All Messed Up
Found in Life Plus Ideas For Worship, JBCE 1996, ISBN 1864071079, page 4 (pictured above). This drama is based on the romans reading and can be adapted for puppets or people.

Story: Too Polite
Found in Still More Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 1999, ISBN 0310224640, page 88.  This story is based on the gospel reading.

Story: Pulling Together
Index 3894-3899 from Bible Illustrator for Windows Version 1.0d, Parsons Technology Inc., 1990. This story is also found at http://www.churchchrist.net/Sermons/Ministry.htm and is called Pulling Yoke Together.

Story: The Flying Wallandas
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialities, 1994, ISBN 0310402611, page 96 (pictured in an earlier blog). This story is about trusting God. This goes with both the gospel reading and the Genesis reading.

Story: The Civil War of the Soul
Found in In the Grip Of Grace by Max Lucado, Word Publishing, 1996, ISBN 0849911435, pages 139ff. Lots of stories and discussion questions (at the back) based on the Romans reading.

Poem/Meditation: Prisoner

Found in The Electric Bible: Poems For Public Worship by Peter Dainty, Kevin Mayhew, 2003, ISBN 1844170411, page 100. This poem is based on the Romans reading. I put an image up for each stanza and read it out loud with a pause between each verse.

Response Activity:
Give everyone a business card with a picture of two yoked bullocks and the words "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.....For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light - Jesus".
(see image above and feel free to use). Ask people to think about the words and write on the back of the card either a burden they are carrying which they need to share with Jesus or a job that Jesus is asking them to do with his help.

Response Activity: Burdens

Found in Multi-Sensory Prayer by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2001, ISBN 1859994652, page 54 (pictured in an earlier blog).

Also:
Poem and prayer: beyond the breakers.
Found in Dad and Daughter by Ron Gordon and Jennie Gordon, 2012, ISBN 9780646586601, page 43. These are based on the gospel reading.

Response Activity: Kindness

Found in Bringing the Word To Life Together: Year A by Andrew Collis and Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Mediacom, Adelaide, 2010, ISBN 9780949656919, page 112ff. This is based on the Gospel reading .

Lots of Useful Stuff
Found in The Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual by Jenee Woodard (Ed.), Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2013, page 144ff.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Proper 8 Ordinary 13 A (June 29): Discipleship = Hospitality






















Bible Readings: Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42

About the images:
Upper Left: This is a free image from Hermano Leon Art with my text - see my links column at left.
Upper Right: This is a free image from Image Bank with my text - see my links column at left.
Lower left: This is an image from Church Galleries - see my links column at left.

Kid's story
: Nobody's Granny
By Tess Brady and Kay Stewart, Ashton Scholastic, 1989, ISBN 0868964344 (pictured at l
eft). This story goes beautifuly with the Matthew reading - it is about all kinds of hospitality and about how hospitality grows hospitality in others.

Film Clip: Chocolat
(pictured at right) Show the priest's sermon right at the end of the film .

Discussion: On Chocolat

1. What should we be embracing?
2. What should we be creating?
3. Who should we be in
cluding?

Response Activity: Chocolat
After singing a serving song, give everybody a disposable white cup (or some other symbol of hospitality) and something to write with. Ask them to write their personal answers to the three Chocolat questions.

Film Clip: Babette's Feast (pictured at left) Heaps of clips from this film fit the bill for today's readings - in fact I have shown the whole thing interspersed with time for discussion, prayer, bible readings and dinner - that was the service.

Introductory Activity for The Psalm: Fried Eggs
Found in 40 devotions That Work With Youth by Geraldine Anderson (Ed.), JBCE, 1983, ISBN 0858194147, page 12 (pictured at right). This works just as well for adults as for teens and children.

Story: Whose Duty is It
Found in Illustrations, Stories and Quotes to Hang Your Message On by Jim Burns and Greg McKinnon, Gospel Light, 1997, ISBN 0830718834, page 155 (pictured at left). This story links in well with the gospel reading.

Poem: Old Gaelic Rune
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 233.. This poem fits well with the gospel reading.

Music for Poem: A Million Stars
By Iona on their album, Open Sky (pictured at right).

NB: About using poetry in worship

Reading poetry, unless done very well, does not go down well in this day and age. I always project the words with images and matching music and basically turn the poems into meditations. If there are copyright issues with the words, then still project images and play the music but read the words as a voice over. People respond well to these poem/meditations and they are often the most requested and talked about part of my services. They are the "worship of choice" for the young people in our congregations.

Also
Meditation: Meeting God

Found in He Was in the World by John L. Bell, Wild Goose Publications, 1995, ISBN 094798870X, page 64
. This goes with the Genesis reading and I will probably use just the bit that is relevant and save the whole meditation for another time.

Reflect/Pray/Act: Lament on God's Steadfast Love
You will find useful ideas for reflecting, praying, and acting based on Psalm 13 which can be easily incorporated into a worship service on page 48 of Prayer: Heart of the Pilgrimage - Participants Book (part of the The Way of Pilgrimage series) by Jenny Youngman, Upper Room Books, 2007, ISBN 9780835898362.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Proper 7 Ordinary 12 A (June 22): Deserts and Wells/Fear Not


















Bible Readings: Genesis 21:8-21, Psalm 86:1-10, Romans 6:1b -11, Matthew 10: 24-39.
 
About the Images:
Upper Left: This is my photo with words from The Little Prince (see below)
Upper right: This is an Imagebank image (see my links column at left) with words from The Little Prince.
Lower Left:This is a microsoft free clipart background with my text.

Listening Song: God is In Control
By Twila Paris on her album, Beyond a Dream  (pictured at left) or on WOW 1996. This song goes very well with the Genesis reading.

Listening Song: You're Here
By Sixpence None the Richer on the album, City on a Hill, 2000 (pictured at right). This song goes very well with either the Genesis reading or the Gospel reading.




Kid's Story: The Very Worried Sparrow
By Meryl Doney, Anzea Publishers or Lion Publishing, 1978, ISBN 858920948 (pictured at left). This story is based on the Gospel reading.

Film Clip: The Incredibles
(pictured at right) Show the scene contained in the first 15 minutes where Mr Incredible is blamed for doing good. This fits in very well with the Gospel reading.

Discussion: On The Incredibles
1. When was Jesus treated in a similar way?
2. When were the disciples treated in a similar way?
3. When do we, as Christians, have to put up with similar treatment and what can/should we do about it?

Story: Names or Numbers

Marvin Rosenthal  tells about a mother who was asked by a census taker how may children she had. She said, "Well, there's Billy and Harry and Martha and--" "Never mind the names," the man interrupted. "Just give me the number!" The mother indignantly replied, "They haven't got numbers, they've all got names." Sorry, can't source this other than I think it may come from a magazine.

Story: Bonhoeffer
The story of Bonoeffer's imprisonment and death fits very well with the cost of discipleship mentioned in the gospel.


Quote: The Little Prince
(pictured at left but there are so, so many editions of this wonderful little book that you will have not trouble finding it) "What makes the desert beautiful", said the Little Prince, is that somewhere it hides a well..." .... The Little Prince added: "But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart".

Discussion:
Brainstorm desert experiences and wells.
How do we find wells in our desert experiences?


Poem: The Candle
Found in The Electric Bible by Peter Dainty, Kevin Mayhew, 2003, ISBN 1844170441, page 78 (pictured at right).  The poem goes really well with the gospel reading.  I matched it with images and backed it with Dark Night of the Soul by Loreena McKennitt on her CD, Mask and Mirror.

Response Activity:
Give each person a small card with a desert and a well pictured on it. Ask people to write down a situation that can make their life a bit of a desert on the desert picture and then on the picture of the well, ask them to write something God has provided to help them survive. This links in with the Genesis reading.


Response Activity:
Give everyone a key tag and a choice of three pictures which you have pre-made to fit the key tags - I linked this with the Matthew reading so I had pictures of hair, candles and sparrows.  On the back I encouraged people to to write: God cares for me. I encouraged people to attach these to personal items so as to remind themselves of God’s love and care.  I got the key tag idea for this from a children's activity in the Mediacom Whole people of God Beginners notes for 2002.  

Monday, June 09, 2014

Trinity A (June 15): Three in One/Revenge versus Forgiveness























Bible readings: Genesis 1 1-2:4a, Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20
About the images:
Upper Left: From http://www.sacredise.com/files/images/free/Trinity2.jpg.
Upper Right: Trinity found at http://www.servicioskoinonia.org/cerezo/indexAgraf.html
Lower Left: This is an Imagebank free image - see my link column at left.


Call to W
orship:
Ask everyone to go outside or bring something in which reminds them of God's creation to place on the communion table.


Listening Song: Creation Calls
By Brian Doerksen on the album, Light the Fire
(pictured at right). Illustrate this song with images from your own local area for greatest impact.

Film Clip: Antz
Show the clip at the very beginning straight after the credits and finish when Z says "I'm insignificant with attitude". (see below).  This clip includes the credits and a minute or so after Z's statement but it work best if you edit it to stop at his statement.





Discussion: on the film clip of Antz.
1. Why does Z feel insignificant?
2. In what sort of situations can we feel like this?
3. Matthe
w 28:19 says: "Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples". What do you think of this verse? How does it make you feel?
4. What reassures you that this is not too big an ask of us ...or is it?


Kids story: The Blind Men and the ElephantThis old, old story makes a good lead in to a discussion on God, three in one, not only for children but for adults as well.

Drama: In the Beginning

Found in Let's Make a Scene Too by Verena Johnson, Lutheran Publishing House, 1991, ISBN 085910608X, Page 7 (pictured at right). This is based on the Genesis reading.

Trinity Illustration: Threesome
Found in When You Walk by Adrian Plass, The Bible Reading Fellowship, 1997, ISBN 0745935524, page 321 (pictured at left). This is a lovely analogy of the Trinity and I once used it as the basis of my service and sermon.  

Story: The Life Saving Station
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties Inc, 1994, ISBN 031040261, page 140 (pictured at right. This story is based on the
gospel reading.Story: The Skier
Story 155
in 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching by Michael P Green, Baker Books, 1989, ISBN 0801063302 (pictured at left). This illustration shows us the different ways the Holy Spirit can act in our lives.

Story: Through Thick and Thin
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks Book 4 by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 2001, ISBN 0310236193, page 39 (pictured in an earlier blog).Story: Rivalry
Found as story No 226
in Your Point Being? by Graham H. Twelftree, Monarch, 2003, ISBN 1854245929. This story matches up well with the 2 Corinthians reading.

Prayer For Others: CirclesFound in Multi-sensory Prayer by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2001, ISBN 1859994652, page 33. This goes quite well with the 1 Corinthians reading.

Response Activity:
I gave people a choice of three responses (see below). I used the words of 2 Corinthians 13:13, Matthew 28:19 and "Our God is complex, dynamic, relational, ever-reaching, ever seeking, ever creating, ever loving, and ever speaking" (William Willamon: Preaching Resources, Trinity Sunday, 2005) as the basis for all three responses. The choices were
1. Meditation: I used the words as a visual meditation with a powerpoint presentation and music by Moby from his album, Play. I used two tracks: "Inside" and "Guitar, Flute and String".
2. Discussion: I gave people the words on a handout and asked them to discuss the words.
3. Modelling: I gave people the words on a handout together with a small piece of self hardening clay and asked them to model a response to the words.


Response Activity: Relationships
Found in Bringing the Word to Life Together by Andrew Collis and Dorothy McRae-McMahon, MediaCom, 2010, ISBN 9780949656919, page 94. This response is based on the Corinthians reading. There are also some great sermon notes to be found here as well.


Also:
Reflect/Pray/Act: Psalm 8You will find useful ideas for reflecting, praying, and acting which can be easily incorporated into a worshhip service on page 42 of Prayer: Heart of the Pilgrimage - Participants Book (part of the The Way of Pilgrmage series) by Jenny Youngman, Upper Room Books, 2007, ISBN 9780835898362.


Sunday, June 01, 2014

Pentecost A (June 8): Enough for Everyone



Bible Readings: Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30, Psalm 104:24 -35, 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 or Acts 2:1-21, John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39.

About the images:
Upper Left: This is a mirrored free microsoft clip art on to which I added the biblical text.
Upper Right: This is my image (and my lounge room fire) with a line from the Third day song below on it. You have permission to use the image for worship and related activities.

Lower Left: This is a wickimedia photo with no copyright issues that I can ascertain.



Listening Song : Holy Spirit
By Third Day on their self titled album (pictured at left).


Kids Story: Webster the Preacher Duck
By Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2007, ISBN 9781921229084 (pictured at right) or go to the Lost Sheep web site and download the book as a powerpoint or similar including worksheets for kids for a mere $10.  This is a lovely story about using your gifts. Thanks to Sandra Houghton for introducing me to this brilliant series for young and old. Laugh and learn - and as it says on the title page "Any similarities between the characters in this book and the old ducks in your church is purely coincidental". 
 
Film Clip: Edward Scissorhands
Show the clip where Edward trims the bushes into a dinosaur - everyone has a gift. (pictured at left).


Drama: Pentecost Photos?

Found in Let's Make Another Scene by Verena Johnson, Open Book Publishers, 1995, ISBN 0859107620, page 73 (pictured at right). This drama is lots of fun and is based on Acts 2.

Drama: What's A Holy Spirit?

Found in Let's Make A Scene For...by Verena Johnson, Open Book Publishers, 1998, ISBN 0859108937, page 77 (pictured at left). This drama is based on Acts 2.

Story: The Lifeboat

Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties Inc, 1994, ISBN 031040261, page 137 (pictured at right). This story is based on the Corinthians reading.

 
Story: Too Helpful
Found in More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 1995, ISBN 0310207681, page 161 (pictured at right). This story is based on the Corinthians reading.

Illustration: The Use of Power
Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal (Eds.), 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers, and Writers [Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2002] Story no 68- Church. This is an easily understood illustration of the power of the Holy Spirit as seen in Acts 2.

Poem: Acts 2:1

Found in In Due Season by Herbert F Brokering, Augsburg Publishing, 1966 in the Summer section

Quote: William H Willimon
The Holy Spirit is the engine that drives the church out into the world.


Quote: William Blake

Unless the eye catch fire, God will not be seen.

Unless the ear catch fire, God will not be heard.
Unless the tongue catch fire, God will not be named.
Unless the heart catch fire, God will not be loved

Unless the mind catch fire, God will not be known.


Response Activity: Pentecost Celebration

Parts of this can be done at various times during a service however it makes a great conclusion. It was written by Uniting Church in Australia minister Coralie Ling - for full details visit http://thebillabong.info/lectionary/ideas-for-pentecost/the-gifts-of-the-spirit/


Also:
Kids' Story: The Sea-Breeze Hotel
By Marcia Vaughan and Patricia Mullins, Margaret Hamilton Books.

Worship Service based on The Sea-breeze Hotel
Found in Worship Is For Everyone by Julia Pinazza, Open Book Publishers, 2000, ISBN 0859109259, page 13.
This is based on the Acts reading.