Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Palm Sunday A (April 9): What's My Donkey

Bible Readings: Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Philippians 2:5-11 

About the images:
Upper Left:
This is a photo of an Australian tree fern - it is my photo so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.

Upper Right:  I photographed this dear little donkey waiting for his rider in Nablus, Palestine - it is my photo so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Lower Left: This is an Imagebank free image - see my link to their site at left - with text from the Philippians reading.
Lower Right: This is a free image from www.turnershillfreechurch.org.uk

Listening Song: The Chorus of Faith
By Michael Card on his album, Joy in the Journey (pictured at right). This goes well with the gospel reading.

Listening Song: Carmen Christi
By Michael Card on his album, The Final Word (pictured at left). It is a sung version of the Philippians reading.

Kid's Story: The Donkey's Tale
By Margaret Gray, Scripture Union, 1984, ISBN 0862012414 (pictured at right). This is based on the gospel reading.

Drama: Look He's Coming
Found in Mega Drama 1 by Verena Johnson, Open Book, 2001, ISBN 085910915, page 71 (pictured at left). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Drama: Not Quite What I Expected
Found in Let's Make Another Scene by Verena Johnson, Open Book Publishers, 1995, ISBN 0859107620, page 56 (pictured at right). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

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

Response Activity: What is my Donkey?
The following is a response to a reflection/sermon which concentrates on the gift of the donkey by an unknown donkey owner and what sort of gifts we have which we have the option of using to further God's work in the world. Give everyone a small business card with a palm Sunday illustration on it together with the words "What is my donkey". Give people time to think about their gifts and talents and how they use them to further God's kingdom.

Prayer for others: Ride on, Ride on

From Stages on the Way by The Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose Resource Group, 1998, ISBN 1876357363, page 78 (pictured at right). This prayer is linked with the gospel reading.

Response Activity: Towards the Cross
Found in Multi-Sensory Seasons by Wendy Rayner and Annie Slade, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271757, page 18 (pictured at right). Heaps of great stuff based on the gospel reading.


Story Plus Other Stuff: Roxsanne Makes Good
Found in Wally the Dodgy Trolley and other Stories of Faith and Humour by Ian Johnson, Scripture Union Australia, Lidcombe, 2000, ISBN 0949720984, page 37.

Resources for Palm/Passion Sunday
By Ruth Burgess and Chris Polhill in Eggs and Ashes, Wild Goose Publications, 2004, page 124-135. 

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