Sunday, May 15, 2016

Trinity C (May 22): You ARE Worth it!!!



Readings: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-6, John 16:12-15

About the Images: 
Upper Left: This is a free clip art from the excellent as always Heartlight site (use my link to this site in my Link section)
Upper Right: This is my photo on my homemade handout - see response activity below.
Lower Left: This is my photo of the beach at Lake Tyers in East Gippsland.  Please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.  It reminded me of the closeness of God to us even when we do not know it.
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: I Am 
By Jill Phillips on her self titled album and on WOW 2000. (pictured at left).  This is a beautiful song and I have suggested before, and most likely, will do so again.

Film Clip: Forrest Gump
(pictured at right) The last scene, where Forrest waits at the bus stop for his child, is a great illustration of fatherly love which takes no short cuts and throws dignity to the wind.

Video Clip: The Triune Poet
From Work of the People - see my link column at left.

Drama: I Quit
Found in Lets make Another Scene by Verena Johnson, Open Book, 1995, ISBN 0859107620, page 24 (pictured at left).  This drama is based on the Romans reading.

Comic Strip: Just be Yourself

Found in Micro Messages by Rich Bundschuh and Tom Finley, Gospel Light, 1995, ISBN 08307 15789, page 131 (pictured at rght).This is very much connected to the Psalm but it is also connected to all the readings.  A new look at Mr Potoato Head!

Quote: St Augustine
"People travel everywhere to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the length of rivers, at the vastness of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars in the night sky - and yet they pass by themselves without wondering." 

Story: Major League Grace
Found in In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado, Word Publishing, 1996, ISBN 0849913241, page 89, (pictured at left). This can be turned into a "what if" story for any popular sporting code.

Discussion: Romans 5:1-5 and/or Psalm 8
 What is it in these verses which convinces you that God thinks you are worth it?

Response Activity:
The Romans reading shows us that God gifts us with peace, joy, hope and love. Ask people to choose the one that they find easiest to understand and to accept. Ask them to discuss with their neighbour how they might share this aspect of God's character with others within the church, and within the community at large.

Response Activity:

Give each person a bookmark or card similar to the one above (permission to copy given) and ask them to circle the gift they need most now and to write their response in the space.


Prayer Exercise: The Psalms Teach Us to Pray
Found in Prayer: Heart of the Pilgrimage by Jenny Youngman, Upper Room Books, Nashville, 2007, ISBN 0835898369, page 42.  This is based on the Psalm reading.


Kids: Cecil and Psalm 8
This is another brilliant book  by Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2012 (pictured at left). This goes with the Psalm.  The great thing about these books is that they only around $A7 and for a further $A10 (or instead of) you can buy on line the story in any format you need to project the pictures in church.  There are also free activity sheets and for a cost activity books for both teachers and children.  Visit to check out all the excellent resources.

Kids: Proverbs
And another brilliant book  by Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2018. It does not relate specifically to the Proverbs reading but is a very useful book for kids on proverbs in general.  

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