Sunday, April 10, 2016

Easter 4 C (April17): Lives full of God Stuff


Bible Readings: Acts 9:36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, John 10:22-30

About the images:
Upper Left: Sometimes in rural Australia, we have occasions where we literally help shepherd the sheep if we want to get to where we are going.
Upper Right:
This is one of the excellent free images from Heartlight (see their address under my Link section at left)
Lower Left: This is a free image from the Imagebank site (see their address under my Link section at left).
Lower Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which was decimated by hackers last year. At present it is possible to buy these images very cheaply - however this particular one is free on the site this week.  Well worth the subscription!!! Visit the website at

Listening Song: The Lord is My Shepherd
By John Bell, sung by the Cathedral Singers with Mhairi Lawson on their album, Psalms of David, Songs of Mary (pictured at left). I played this track and projected images with the following words from an unknown author (if you know who wrote the extra words, please let me know - Google has not come up with an answer for me):

The Lord is My Shepherd 
The Lord is my Shepherd --That's RELATIONSHIP!
I shall not want -- That's SUPPLY!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures --That's REST!
He leadeth me beside still waters --That's REFRESHMENT!
He restoreth my soul -- That's HEALING!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness --That's GUIDANCE!
For His name sake -- That's PURPOSE!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil --That's PROTECTION!
For thou art with me -- That's FAITHFULNESS!
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me --That's COMFORT!
Thou preparest a table before mein the presence of mine enemies --That's HOPE!
Thou anointest my head with oil --That's CONSECRATION!
My cup runneth over -- That's ABUNDANCE!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow meall the days of my life --That's BLESSING!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord --That's SECURITY!
Forever -- That's ETERNITY!

Kids Story: Herbert and Harry

By Pamela Allen, Puffin Books, 1986, ISBN 0140567836 (pictured at right)

Kids' Story: Cecil and Psalm 23
By Andrew McDonough, Adelaide, Lost Sheep Resources, 2008, ISBN 9781921229312 (pictured at left).

Skit: And Then There Were Shepherds
Found in Let's Make A Scene Too by Verena Johnson, Lutheran Publishing House, 1991, ISBN 085910608X, page 24 (pictured at right).

Discussion Questions on the Gospel Reading:
NB: These questions can be used randomly through the service or where ever.
What is your definition of a shepherd when you hear Jesus or God referred to as one?
Brainstorm: How do the verses John 10:37-29 make you feel?
Think to Yourselves: How have you experienced God's healing in your life?
With Your Neighbour: What was the result of this healing for others around you?

Film Clip:The World's Top Missionary sending Country

Film Clip: Meet me in the Middle of the Air by Paul Kelly

Story: Christ As Shepherd
Index 3264-3267 from Bible Illustrator for Windows Version 1.0d, Parsons Technology Inc., 1990.

Story: Overcoming Mediocrity Means Living Differently
Index 11015-1017 from Bible Illustrator for Windows Version 1.0d, Parsons Technology Inc., 1990.

n to the Acts story: Bubbles

Found in Livi
ng Stones: The All Age Resource for the Common Worship Lectionary Year C by Susan Sayers, Kevin Mayhew Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1840030097, page 103 (pictured at right).

Discussion on the Acts Story:
Is this story....
a miracle story
a definition of a disciple
a bluep
rint for a subversive new world order
an indicator of hope.

Response Activity for the Acts Reading:
Project or distribute the following:
This story tells us that God is.......
protector of the vulnerable,
defender of the persecuted,
comforter of the broken hearted, and
giver of new life.
Ask: Look at the slide.
Do you fit any of these categories or do you know somebody who does?
Use this time of silence to either pray for yourself or for someone you know.

Response Activity for the John reading:
Give everyone a long and a short piece of pipe cleaner and project the following questions
1. Maybe you want to trust that God knows the way even if you don’t
2. Maybe you would like to thank God for someone who has been a shepherd on God’s behalf to you
3. Maybe you want to risk the way of Jesus and be part of God’s ripples out into the community
Pray about the answers to these questions as you fashion a shepherd's cross out of your pipe-cleaners. (N.B. - a shepherds cross is a cross where the vertical piece is made of a shepherd's crook).

Listening Song: Psalm 23 - The Lord is My Shepherd
By Sons of Korah on their album, Hand to the Plough (pictured at left).

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