Sunday, May 29, 2016

Proper 05 Ordinary 10 C (June 05): Dare to Make A Difference/ God is Forever Faithful


Bible Readings: 1 Kings 17:8-16,(17-24), Psalm 146, Galatians 1:11-24,
Luke 7:11-17

About the Images:
Upper Left: This is a free Microsoft clipart image. I think it is a good illustration on of how God brings life from death,
Upper Right: This is a free Microsoft clipart image with my text.
Lower Left:  Bush flowers following a bush fire in the Victorian High Country near the Blue Duck.  Another life from death image. This is my image. Please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
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

Kid's Story: Elijah and the Widow Stories
Make up a number of white posters with dinner plate sized round faces. Make each face a different emotion - sad, happy, confused or puzzled, delighted, amazed, etc. Tell either story and use the faces to help the children reflect or guess the emotions involved in the story.

 Kid's Story: Elijah
Found in The Picture Strip Bible by Felicity Henderson and Chris Saunderson, Scripture Union, 2001, ISBN 1859994970, page 48 (pictured at left).

 Film Clip: Mr Holland's Opus
(pictured at right) Show the clip very close to the end where Mr Holland is taken to the gym for his surprise celebration which honours the difference he has made in hundreds of students lives. If you have time, run this clip until the credits begin (it is not all that long) but at least make sure you include the speech given by one of the students.

Lots of Good Ideas for all the Readings
Found in Living Stones by Susan Sayers, Kevin Mayhew, 2000, ISBN 1840030097, page 129ff (pictured at left).

Drama: Paul Called By God
A monologue by God found in Mega Drama 5 by Verena Johnson (Ed), Open Book, 2002, ISBN 0859109194, page 68 (pictured at right).

 Discussion: Psalm 146

1. Who or what are the "princes" and powerful people in our world today?
2.Why are they no help to us?

Story: Outreach
Story 471 in 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers and Writers by Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal, Baker Books, 2002, ISBN 0801091551 (pictured at left). This story goes very well with the Psalm.

Story: God - His Care

Found in Your Point Being? by Graham H. Twelftree, Monarch Books, 2003, ISBN 1854245929, Story No. 99 (pictured at right). This story fits well with the 1 Kings reading.

Story: Rosario
As above, Story No 278. This story fits in well with the Psalm.

Story: No Funerals
Index 2407-2416 from Bible Illustrator for Windows Version 1.0d, Parsons Technology Inc., 1990.

Poem: This Time
By Giles David and found in Resources for Preaching and Worship - Year C compile by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, Westminster John Knox Press, 2003, ISBN 066422508X, page 184 (pictured at left). This works really well with projected images and music. I used Lord of All Space by Caim from their album, Sung Prayers in the Celtic Tradition. This poem fits well with all four of the readings.

Meditation Stations: Elijah and the Widow
This mediation is based very roughly on a suggestion made on page 35 of a really beaut book called Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668.
Have five separate stations around your worship space and some meditative music playing. Each station will be decorated differently (see below) and will have a short reading to contemplate and some suggestions for prayer and action. Arrange stations and people so that not everybody goes to Station 1 first - although the stations are chronological as far as the story goes, they can be visited in any order without losing a sense of what is happening. Allow around 3-5 minutes for each station and encourage people to visit them all at least once. However, also make it clear that they can revisit some if they wish to.
Station 1:
Have a map of the world, a lit candle and enough tea lights for everybody.
On small cards or note paper, print the following:
1 Kings 17:8-9. Note that the woman is not one of God's chosen people, is a widow, a woman (duh!) and has a son. Both she and the boy are marginalised.
To think and pray about:
Who are the marginalised people in our lives?
Who are the people we assume may be outside God's love because of their lifestyle, occupation, beliefs or ethnicity?
How can we make a difference and reflect God's love?
Light a candle and place it on a part of the world that needs Gods transforming love and life?
Station 2:
Have a simple bowl filled to overflowing with small loaves of (if possible, hot) bread. On small cards or note paper, print the following:
1 Kings 17:10-15 (or summary).
The widow gives away her very last meal to a man she has never met before who she meets at the town gate.
Think of a time when you have mistrusted a request from a stranger.
Think of times when you have been generous to strangers.
What were the results?

Think of the difficulties you face as you try to balance requests for your time and/or money.
As you eat one of the small loaves, pray for the wisdom to know when to say "yes", when to say "no" and how to make a difference.
Station 3:
Have a number of postcards, photos, works of art, mounted magazine pictures of deserts, dry creek beds, angry or hurting faces, dry bones etc - anything that represents hard times, anger, and sadness. On small cards or note paper, print the following:
1 Kings 17:17-18 
Think of a time in your life when you have been fearful, depressed or angry with God.
Choose a picture from the collection that represents your feelings best.
How do you think God can or has make a difference to these feelings.
If you are feeling like this now, tell God about it.
If you know someone who may feel like this, pray for them.

Station 4:
Have a simple bowl filled with tiny bulbs or seeds (depending on the season)On small cards or note paper, print the following:
1 Kings 17:19-23
Take a seed/bulb.
Look at the seed and think about what your life be like if God was not a part of it? Imagine the potential of your seed, what it will grow in to, and imagine what God is doing with your potential. If God is continually transforming you, how can you share that with others?

Station 5:
Have this station near a brightly illuminated pertinent painting, window or banner - I used our Pentecost banner and arranged chairs around it. On small cards or note paper, print the following:
1 Kings 17:24
Think of a time when God has used somebody to enable you to "see the light".
How has it helped your faith?
Thank God for the people who have made a difference to your faith.
Ask God to enable you share your faith with others - pray for specific people and/or communities. 

Kids: The Day My Father Danced Again
By Gordon Lee Chambers and Alison Kubbos, Box Press,  with lots of ideas for a whole worship service found in Worship is For Everyone by Julie Pinazza, Openbook Publishers, 2000, ISBN 0859109259, page 52. This goes well with the Galatians reading.

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