Sunday, August 09, 2015

Proper 15 Ordinary 20 B (August 16): Wisdom


















Bible readings:1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14, Psalm 111, Ephesians 5:15-20, John 6:51-58

About the Images:
Upper Left: A Corel Free clipart to which I added the text.
Upper Right: My reading glasses, my dictionary, my photo - feel free to use them all for worship and related activities. 
Lower Left and Lower Right:  The two images made me think of being drawn into wisdom and the deeper things in life by our relationship with God. The left image is of the Old Ghan Railway crossing the Arkaringa Creek on the Oodnadatta Track - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oodnadatta_Track .  The right image is part of the walkway in the Cradle Mountain National Park - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cradle_Mountain

Listening Song: Deep Calling Deep
By Margaret Becker on her album, Grace (pictured at left) or on WOW 1996. This goes well with the Ephesians and the Kings reading.

Kid's Activity: Based on Ephesians 5:18b
Take a large clear glass of lemonade and drop some sultanas in it. Together watch the sultanas (golden raisins) repeatedly sink and then rise again. Discuss how the Holy Spirit is all around us,(like the lemonade around the sultanas) but we are not always aware of the Spirit’s presence. God's Spirit can lift us again and again giving us strength, courage, hope, faith etc – whatever we need to be Christians in this world.

Film Clip: Stigmata
Use the scene in the film Stigmata (pictured at right) where Frankie bumps into the priest in the market place. As they have a coffee together the priest tells Frankie that he was an organic chemist before he was a priest. She asks him why he became a priest and he tells her that he discovered "too many holes" and that science could not explain everything. He continues on to explain that the explanation he needed could only be found in God.

Discussion questions to get people thinking after the OT reading:
What is wisdom?
Can we be as wise as Solomon?
How does wisdom work in the 21st century?

Story: Choosing Wisdom
This story can be found in Betsy Devine and Joel E. Cohen's book, Absolute Zero Gravity, Simon & Schuster or at

Story: The Holy Spirit
Found in 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers Teachers and Writers by Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal (Eds.), Barker Books, 1993, ISBN 0801091551, Story No. 307 (pictured at left).
This story goes well with the Ephesians reading.

Story: Stopping at the Lights
Found in
1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching by Michael P Green, Baker Books, 1989, ISBN 0801063302, story no. 428 (pictured at right). Goes well with the Ephesians reading. 

Response Activity:
Ask people to get in to groups and together write an acrostic prayer using the word "wisdom". It would be useful to have A3 or A4 sheets already brightly printed with the word. At the end of the activity display all the prayers and allow people some quiet reflective time to walk around and pray/read all the prayers.


Maybe a tad more to come......

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