Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pentecost A (June 4): Enough for everyone

Bible Readings: Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30, Psalm 104:24 -35, 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 or Acts 2:1-21, John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39.

About the images:
Upper Left: This is a mirrored free microsoft clip art on to which I added the biblical text.
Upper Right: This is my image (and my lounge room fire) with a line from the Third day song below on it. You have permission to use the image for worship and related activities.

Lower Left: This is a wickimedia photo with no copyright issues that I can ascertain.
Lower Right: This image reminded me of Acts 2:17 - desert flowers tend to congregate together. This is my image of the Simpson desert - you have permission to use this image for worship and related activities

Listening Song : Holy Spirit
By Third Day on their self titled album (pictured at left).

Kids Story: Webster the Preacher Duck
By Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2007, ISBN 9781921229084 (pictured at right) or go to the Lost Sheep web site and download the book as a powerpoint or similar including worksheets for kids for a mere $10.  This is a lovely story about using your gifts. Thanks to Sandra Houghton for introducing me to this brilliant series for young and old. Laugh and learn - and as it says on the title page "Any similarities between the characters in this book and the old ducks in your church is purely coincidental". 
Film Clip: Edward Scissorhands
Show the clip where Edward trims the bushes into a dinosaur - everyone has a gift! (pictured at left).

Drama: Pentecost Photos?

Found in Let's Make Another Scene by Verena Johnson, Open Book Publishers, 1995, ISBN 0859107620, page 73 (pictured at right). This drama is lots of fun and is based on Acts 2.

Drama: What's A Holy Spirit?

Found in Let's Make A Scene Verena Johnson, Open Book Publishers, 1998, ISBN 0859108937, page 77 (pictured at left). This drama is based on Acts 2.

Story: The Lifeboat
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties Inc, 1994, ISBN 031040261, page 137 (pictured at right). This story is based on the Corinthians reading.

Story: Too Helpful
Found in More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 1995, ISBN 0310207681, page 161 (pictured at left). This story is based on the Corinthians reading.

Illustration: The Use of Power
Found in Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal (Eds.), 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers, and Writers [Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2002] Story no 68- Church (pictured at right). This is an easily understood illustration of the power of the Holy Spirit as seen in Acts 2.

Poem: Acts 2:1

Found in In Due Season by Herbert F Brokering, Augsburg Publishing, 1966 in the Summer section

Quote: William H Willimon
The Holy Spirit is the engine that drives the church out into the world.

Quote: William Blake

Unless the eye catch fire, God will not be seen.

Unless the ear catch fire, God will not be heard.
Unless the tongue catch fire, God will not be named.
Unless the heart catch fire, God will not be loved

Unless the mind catch fire, God will not be known.

Response Activity: Pentecost Celebration

Parts of this can be done at various times during a service however it makes a great conclusion. It was written by Uniting Church in Australia minister Coralie Ling - for full details visit

Kids' Story: The Sea-Breeze Hotel
By Marcia Vaughan and Patricia Mullins, Margaret Hamilton Books.

Worship Service based on The Sea-breeze Hotel
Found in Worship Is For Everyone by Julia Pinazza, Open Book Publishers, 2000, ISBN 0859109259, page 13.
This is based on the Acts reading.

Meditation: Fear and Lonliness

Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 50. This goes well with the gospel reading.

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