Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easter 6 A (May 21): Reach Out































Bible Readings: Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21

About the Images:
Upper Left: This free image is found on Wikipedia Commons. I put the text on it.
Upper Right: This free image comes from Microsoft clip art.
Lower Left: This image comes from the wonderful Church Galleries site - see my link at left.
Lower Right:

Drama: Pardon Me, Who Died
Found in Gospel Dramas by Dean Nadasdy, Augsburg, 1985, ISBN 0806621850, page 50 (pictured at left), It has good questions for a congregational discussion as well as the drama and matches in well with th gospel reading.  

Film Clip: Chariots of Fire

(pictured at right) Show the clip where Eric Liddell says "God made me run and when I run fast, I feel his pleasure". Use this to talk about our own ministries and callings.




Quote: Jean Vanier (Founder of L'Arche)
How can we live and love as Jesus did, except through the mysterious gift and power which he gives through his Spirit, so that we become his face, his hands, his heart and body?"


Response Activity:

Give everyone a copy of the gospel reading and a pencil and ask them to underline all the promises found within the reading (working in pairs works quite well for this).


Response Activity:

Give everyone a piece of white self hardening clay (a 1 inch cube is adequate per person). Ask people to take a moment to pray and to think about how God's Spirit is at work in them. As they pray they can use their piece of clay to make a small symbol of God's presence with them (eg dove, butterfly, cross, flame, whatever). If you need to, play some nice thinking music in the background. This activity can be done with pencil and paper instead of clay but clay is far more fun and those who are good with their hands respond very appreciatively to this worship activity.


Easter 5 A (May 14): We All Have a Part to Play




















Bible readings: Acts 7:55-60, Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16, 1 Peter 2:2-10, John 14:1-14

About the Images:
Upper Left: Castellers: A free image from wikimedia commons, this is a pho
to of human tower (castall) traditionally built during festivals in many places in Catalonia in Spain. Besides the people who actually climb, many are also needed to form the the base of the castell. They help sustain the weight and act as a sort of safety net.
Upper Right: This is a microsoft free clip art with my text.
Lower Left: Another Microsoft free clipart
Lower Right:

Listening Song: What You Need
by Audio Adrenaline on their self titled album (pictured at left). This song fits with all the readings however I used it with the 1 Peter reading because it applied to it so well.


Introduction Activity: For the 1 Peter reading
Before the service, give everybody a piece of Leggo as they arrive at church. Just before the reading ask everyone to build something really interesting by themselves with their piece of Leggo. When it is obvious that it cannot be done, ask people to work together in groups. You can do the same thing by giving everyone a piece of a jigsaw puzzle however this works better with smaller congregations because if you have a large congregation you will need a big puzzle and it might take the whole service to complete it!!!!


Film Clip: I Am Sam
(pictured at right) Show the clip where Sam and his frie
nds buy Lucy a pair of new shoes for her to go to school in.

Discussion: I Am Sam

How can this film clip be a picture of the church?
Can we all contribu
te to the church (think beyond money)?
What do you see as your role?


 Drama: Well I Declare
Found in Let's Make A Scene Too by Verena Johnson, Lutheran Publishing House, 1991, ISBN 085910608X, page 51 (pictured at left). This drama is based on the 1 Peter reading.

Story: Trying To Do the Job Alone
Found in Illustrations, Stories and Quotes to Hang Your Message On by Jim Burns and Greg McKinnon, Gospel Light, 1997, ISBN 0830718834, page 173 (pictured at right). This very funny story, although well known, fits in well with the 1 Peter reading and is always enjoyed.

Story: High Voltage
Found in Could Someone Wake Me Up Before I Drool On The Desk by Kevin Johnson, Bethany House Publishers, 1995, ISBN 1556614160, pp. 83 (pictured at left). This story is based on the 1 Peter reading.

Meditation: God's Own People
Found in He Was in the World by John L. Bell, Wild Goose Publications, 1995, ISBN 094798870X, page 97 (pictured at right)
. This meditation goes with the 1 Peter reading.







Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter 4 A (May 7): Church - Dead or Alive/Coming Home/Revenge or repair








































Bible Readings: Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10

About the Images:
Upper Left: This image has it's copyright details included on the image.
Upper Right: This is a microsoft free clipart image.
Lower Left: Mine - free for worship and related activities

Listening Song: Better Days Ahead
by Steve Grace on his album, Better Days Ahead (pictured at right).


Kids's Story: The Song of the King
By Max Lucado, Eagle, 1995, ISBN 0863472974 (pictured at left) and originally published as Tell Me the Secrets.

Kid's Story: Sometimes I Get Scared: Psalm 23 for Children
by Elspeth Campbell Murphy and Jane Nelson, Chariot Books. 1980. ISBN: 9780891912750


Youth: More Than Skin Deep
Found in Could Someone Wake Me Up Before I Drool On The Desk by Kevin Johnson, Bethany House Publishers, 1995, ISBN 1556614160, pp. 73 (pictured at left)


Film Clip: Nottinghill
Show the scene where they are sitting around in a small group and they all begin sharing personal things about themselves. (pictured at right) Goes well with the Acts reading.

Discussion: On film clip above
What does this clip teach us about small groups?

Film Clip: Dead Poets Society
(pictured at left) Show chapter 3 where Mr Keating (Robin Williams) encourages the boys to tear out the first few instructional pages of their poetry books and challenges them to instead, think for themselves and be part of life. He asks them what verse they will contribute to the world.

Discussion: On film clip above
What is your verse?



Drama: The LCA and ECC

Found in Drama Resources 2, Lutheran Publishing House, 2000, page 74 (pictured at right). This is a drama about the church.

Story: The Flying V
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties Inc, 1994, ISBN 031040261, page 95 (pictured at left). This story is based on the church.


Story: Twenty Dollars Short Found in In Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks Book 4 by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 2001, ISBN 0310236193, page 122 (pictured at right). This goes well with the 1 Peter reading.

Quote: Teresa of Avila
"Lord, if this is the way you treat your friends, it's no wonder you have so few!" This also goes well with 1 Peter.



Response Activity: Fridge Magnet Psalms
Found in Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 22 (pictured at left).

Response Activity: Abstract Art Bible Pictures
Found n Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 25 (pictured at right)

Response Activity: Psalm Calligraphy
Found n Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 27 (pictured at right).

Easter 3 A (April 30): On the Road Again




















Bible Readings: Acts 2:14a, 3-41, Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35

About the Images:
Upper Left::Free from http://www.servicioskoinonia.org/cerezo/dibujosA/25PascuaA3.jpg
Upper Right: The text is from the Bible and I am not sure where this clipart comes from - it may be from Mediacom or an expired clipart site.

Lower left: This is free from the Hermano Leon site - see my link at left.
Lower Right:

Listening So
ng: All I Need
By Bethany Dillon on a single of that name or on WOW 2005 (pictured at left).

Kid's Story: Oh, It's You!
This is a great way to introduce the gospel story. Project or show a half a dozen photos of members of the church who are well known to the children. Show photos that are hard to recognise - I used dated photos where hairstyles were quite different (or gone!) and baby photos. Talk with the children about times when it is hard to recognise people for all sorts of reasons ; eg; you weren't expecting to see them, they were wearing sports gear instead of ordinary clothes...whatever.


Kid's Story: There's a Sea in My Bedroom
By Margaret Wild and Jane Tanner, Nelson, 1984, ISBN 0170064581 (pictured at right). David expected the sea to be dangerous and frightening but his father and a shell helped him to think about the sea in a new way. The two disciples in the gospel were frightened until Jesus helped them see everything in a new way.

Drama
: I Was the Happiest
Found in Let's Make a Scene by Verena Johnson, Lutheran Publishing House, page 58 ff (pictured at left). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Drama: The Road to Emmaus

Found in Mega Drama 1 by Verena Johnson (Ed.), Open Book Publishers, 2001, ISBN 0859109151, page 96 (pictured at right).


Film Clip: Bruce Almighty
 Use Chapter 5: When God tries to get Bruce's attention and he ignores all the signs or go to the excellent wing clips site in my Links column at left.


Discussion: Bruce Almighty
Why can't Bruce see all God's messages to him?
When do we fail to recognise that God is with us?


Poem: Luke 23:24
Found in In Due Season by Herbert F Brokering, Augsburg Publishing, 1966 (pictured at right) in the Autumn section under Luke 23:24.

Discussion:
What happens if you take Jesus' resurrection out of your life?

Story: Prayer and Meditation
Found as story No 201 in Your Point Being? by Graham H. Twelftree, Monarch, 2003, ISBN 1854245929 (pictured at left). This story makes a great introduction to the psalm.


Story: Resurrection
Story 568 in 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers and Writers by Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal, Baker Books, 2002, ISBN 0801091551 (pictured at right).

Meditation/Quote: William H. Willimon
"If you want to experience the resurrection of Jesus Christ in your life, where you live, just get up in the morning and put one foot in front of the other and head down the road. Follow the way. But please, go with a bit of imagination. Walk with the expectation of the possibility of surprise." This quote goes very well with images and reflective music. From Mediacom Preaching Resources, April 10 2005.

Response Activity:
Project the question: What helps you recognise God's presence in your life? Have nine work stations around your worship space each with some craft materials such as paints, pencils, paper, etc etc and each with an individual answer to the above question: e.g., Spending time Alone with God, Talking with a Trusted Spiritual Adviser, Being Part of a Study Group, Going to Church, Communion, Reading the Bible, Music, Getting Back to the Bush, Other. Ask people to go to the station they relate to best with respect to the projected question. Ask each work station group to make a one minute presentation to encourage the rest of the congregation to use their method to recognise God's presence in their lives.




Saturday, April 08, 2017

Easter 2 A (April 23): Doubt and Discipleship/Open Doors


Bible readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41,Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31

About the Images:
Upper Left: Free from
http://www.brazilbrazil.com/scenic.html
Upper Right: Free Microsoft clipart to which I have added the Bible text and the cross
Lower Left: Sunrise or sunset pictures are useful when talking about what we trust to happen each day - that the sun will rise or set without fail etc.  This is my image of  sunset in Lightning Ridge - an opal field in Outback Australia.  Please visit http://lightningridgeinfo.com.au/ if you want to know more about this place and its fantastic sunsets (and opals).
Lower Right: Thinking about the fact that the whole Thomas story takes place behind looked doors and the encouragement we need to go out into the world.  This is my image so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.

Listening Song: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
By U2 on their album, Joshua Tree (pictured at left) or Best Of 1980-1999. This song matches in well with how Thomas is thinking.


Drama: You'll Never Guess What Happened
Found in Let's Make a Scene by Verena Johnson, Lutheran Publishing House, page 53 ff (pictured at right). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Drama: Thomas Reflecting
Found in Stages on the Way by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose, 1998, ISBN 1876357363, page 210 (pictured at left). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Prayer: Glory be to You
Found in Stages on the Way by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose, 1998, ISBN 1876357363, page 195 (pictured at left). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Story: The Death of Doubt
Found in The New Century Version Youth Bible, Word, 1991, ISBN 0849909252, page 1095 (pictured at right). This is story is based on the gospel reading.

Story: Love of God
Story 409 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 well with the 1 Peter reading.

Story: Weakness
Found as story No 291 in Your Point Being? by Graham H. Twelftree, Monarch, 2003, ISBN 1854245929 (pictured at right). This story matches up well with the 1 Peter reading.
Meditation: Fear and Loneliness
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose publications, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 50 (pictured at left).

Quote: Alexander McLaren

"He puts the key of the treasure chamber into our hand and bids us take all we want. If someone is admitted into a gold bullion vault of a bank and comes out with just one cent, whose fault is it that he or she is poor?" Found on http://www.plymouthbrethren.org/page.php?page_id=4504

Response Activity: Keys of God's Treasure Chamber
Give everyone a business card with a key printed on it. Project the Alexander McLaren quote. Ask people to think about what it is that they need from God today - is it reassurance, love, the power to be a follower, the Holy Spirit, peace, or direction? Give people a silent space to talk about this need with God.


Also:

Poem and prayer: peace be with you.


Found in Dad and Daughter by Ron Gordon and Jennie Gordon, 2012, ISBN 9780646586601, page 21 (pictured at right). These are based on the gospel reading.

Response Activity: No Faith without doubt

Found in Bringing the Word To Life Together: Year A by Andrew Collis and Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Mediacom, Adelaide, 2010, ISBN 9780949656919, page 78ff. This is based on the Gospel reading .

Lots of Useful Stuff
Found in The Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual by Jenee Woodard (Ed.), Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2013, page 100ff.

Easter Day A (April 16): What Keeps us Captive



















Bible readings: Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6,Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43, John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10

About the images:
Upper Left: This is a photo of a tomb in Israel with a rolling stone door. This photo was taken by Mr John Nicholson and permission is given for it to be used for worship and other related activities.

Upper Right: This is a photo of a replica of the inside of a rock tomb in Israel. This is my photo and permission is given for it to be used for worship and related activities.
Lower Left: This is a free imagebank image - see my link to their excellent site at left
Lower Right: Another excellent free image form Church Galleries - see my link column at left.  This site is one of the few I gladly subscribe to. 

Decor:

Have the Good Friday cross totally wrapped in the brightest material you can find - strips of satiny stuff looks great. Have it covered in black material until an appropriate moment.

Connection with Good Friday
Show a few images of Good Friday with some down music (I used Endorphin by Burial from the album, Untrue - pictured at left), followed by a silence with no image at all and then show lots of images of the resurrection to a piece of upbeat or music that builds (I used Intermezzo from Karelia Suite by Sibelius but stopped it before it tapered off again).

Prayer: Jesus We Greet You
Found in Stages on the Way by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose, 1998, ISBN 1876357363, page 188 (pictured at right). This prayer is based on the gospel reading.

Prayer: Here Are Your Disciples
Found in Stages on the Way by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose, 1998, ISBN 1876357363, page 198(pictured at right). This prayer is based on the gospel reading.

Kid's Story: Some Things Are Scary
By Florence Parry Heide (Author), Jules Feiffer (Illustrator), Candlewick, 2000, ISBN 0763612227 (pictured at left).

Kid's Story: Mary and the Gardener
By Andrew MacDonough, Lost Sheep Books, 2017.

Drama: The Three Women Found in Stages on the Way by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose, 1998, ISBN 1876357363, page 192. This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Drama: If Only


Found in Let's Make a Scene Too by Verena Johnson, Lutheran Publishing House, 1991, ISBN 085910608X, Page 58 (pictured at right).  

Film Clip: Amistad
(pictured at left) Show the scenes where Yamba looks through the bible and afterwards, on his way to court, notices all the cross symbols everywhere. These two scenes are amazingly powerful and full of Easter messages


Film Clip: The Amazing Adventures of Mr Bean
Show The Exam (pictured at right)


Discussion on Mr Bean Volume 1.
1. How does doubt, confusion and fear affect Mr Bean?
2. How do they affect us in our Christian lives?

Listening Song: Libera
On Robert Prizeman's album of the same name


Listening Song: He Reigns
By the Newsboys and found on their album, Adoration, Sparrow Records or on WOW 2004 .

Poem: Psalm 118:22
Found in In Due Season by Herbert F Brokering, Augsburg Publishing, 1966 in the Summer section under Psalm 118:22.

Story: Imprisoned
The day Harry Houdini couldn't escape - find this story at http://dev.bible.org/netbible/illustration.php?topic=794

Story: Prison

In Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl tells the story about some of his fellow prisoners in the Dachau Nazi prison Camp during World War II. They had been held captive so long that when they were released he said, “they walked out into the sunlight, blinked nervously and then silently walked back into the familiar darkness of the prisons, to which they had been accustomed for such a long time.”

Story: Prison Accidently Opens Gate for 500
Found in Incredible Illustrations by Mikal Keefer, Group Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0764426141, page 62 (pictured at left).

Response Activity: Every Day is Easter
This is a great response written by Roddy Hamilton and found via his Mucky Paws site (see my links at left) archived under March 2008.

Response Activity: Resurrection Remembrances II
Found in Stages on the Way by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose, 1998, ISBN 1876357363, page 207. This activity is based on the gospel reading (pictured above).

Response Activity:
Give everyone a balloon and string or streamers to wave at appropriate parts of the service and then to take home to be tied to their car aerials and/or to be fixed to their gateposts, letterboxes or front doors.

Multiple ideas: "I Have Seen the Lord"

Found in Multi-Sensory Seasons by Wendy Raynor and Annie Slade, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271757, page 36 (pictured at right).

Also:
Poem and prayer: still dark.
Found in Dad and Daughter by Ron Gordon and Jennie Gordon, 2012, ISBN 9780646586601, page 21. These are based on the gospel reading.

Response Activity: Love and Determination

Found in Bringing the Word To Life Together: Year A by Andrew Collis and Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Mediacom, Adelaide, 2010, ISBN 9780949656919, page 55ff. This is based on the Gospel reading .

Lots of Useful Stuff
Found in The Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual by Jenee Woodard (Ed.), Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2013, page 94ff.