Sunday, April 19, 2015

Easter 4 B (April 26): Love is a Doing Word/Comfort for a Troubled World

Bible Readings: Acts 4:5-13, Psalm 23, 1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18
About the images:
Upper Left: Another excellent image from
Upper Right: A grandfather and grandson from my last church working on fire recovery in the Victorian High country. Love is a doing word.
Lower Left: A free image from Heartlight images.  See my links column at left.
Lower Right: A free image from Heartlight images.  See my links column at left.
Listening Song: Love is a Verb
By dc Talk on their Free at Last album (pictured at left).  This song goes very well with the Acts reading.

Listening Song: The Lord is My Shepherd
By Sons of Korah on their album, Hand to the Plough (pictured at right).
Film Clip: Pleasantville
Show the scene where the girl asks the boy what it is like outside Pleasantville. He tells her that it is a lot noisier, kind of scary, and a lot more dangerous. She replies that it sounds wonderful and she smiles and you can see the wonder and the yearning in her eyes. This scene is optional. I would definitely show the court scene where everybody starts changing from being black and white to full and living colour.....

Discussion: Pleasantville
1. What made the difference so that the people changed from black and white to colour?
2. The disciples life was very black and white during the crucifixion and very colourful in the Acts story today. What made the difference?
3. What does our Christianity look like to the outside world? Is black and white or in colour ?

Film Clip: Horton Hears a Who
(pictured at left) Show the clip where Horton argues with kangaroo about whether there is anybody bigger than us looking out for us. It goes for about a minute and I got the clip from This goes well with the Acts reading, the Psalm and the Acts reading.

Discussion: Horton Hears a Who
1. Who wants to look out for us and love us?
2. What difference will it make to our lives?

Drama: Give Me a J
Based on Acts 12 and found in Let's Make a Scene for..... by Verena Johnson, Open Book, 1998, ISBN 0859108937, page 15 (pictured at right). This goes well with the Acts reading.

Story: The Praying Hands
The story behind the famous Praying Hands picture which is found, among many other places, in Illustrations, Stories and Quotes to Hang Your Message On by Jim Burns and Greg McKinnon, Gospel Light, 1997, page 163 (pictured at left). This goes well with Acts reading.

Response Activity: Shepherding
From Bringing the Word to Life Together Year B by Andrew Collis and Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Mediacom, 2011, ISBN 9781921945038, page 77ff. This activity is based on the gospel reading and the Ephesians reading.

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