Bible readings: Genesis 25:19-24, Psalm 119:105-112, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9,18-25
About the Images:
Upper Left: The Sower: painted by Vincent Van Gogh and taken from Wikimedia Commons - a public domain site.
Upper Right: This is a free clip art from the Hermano Leon site - see a link at left in my links column.
Lower Left: This is a free Heartlight image. See my links column at left.
Lower Right: Sketch of the sower by Van Gogh photographed by me at the amazing Van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Please feel free to use this image for worship and related activities.
Listening Song: Joy in the Journey
By Michael Card on his album, Joy in the Journey (pictured at right). This song fits in well with all the readings but fits particularly well with the gospel reading.
Listening Song: Never Alone
by Barlow Girl on their album, Barlow Girl (pictured at left) or on the album WOW 2005. This song goes well with all the readings - I put it with the gospel reading.
Prayer of Confession: Thistles
This is an activity prayer and is found in Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 12 (pictured at right). It is based on the gospel reading.
Object Lesson: Irish Spring and the Word of God
Found in Fresh Ideas Volume 2 by Jim Burns and Mark Simone, Gospel Light, 1997, ISBN 083718842, page 64 (pictured at right) . This is based on the psalm.
Film Clip: The Neverending Story
Show the conversation about the story not being safe and link it with Bible is good news but that it is also not safe in the sense that it always presents us with a challenge.
Film Clip: Chicken Run
(pictured at left) Show the scene quite near the beginning where the hens are all planning their escape and becoming demoralised about the whole idea when one of them says "the biggest fences are inside your heads".
Discussion: Chicken Run
1. What things make you feel spiritually uncomfortable?
2. When do we have fences inside our heads when it comes to thinking about God and what God calls us to be or to do?
Film Clip: Pirates 3: At World's End.
Show the clip where Will asks Elizabeth to marry him in the middle of a gigantic sword fight/battle.
Discussion: Pirates 3: At World's End
1. Why is it a bad time for Will to ask Elizabeth to marry him?
2. What sort of things distract us from following God?
Drama: Seeds Jive
Found in Parable Performing by Kristin Etscheid, Hodder and Stoughton, 1985,ISBN 0340336676, page 56 (pictured at right). This is based on the gospel reading.
Found in Mega Drama 2 by Verena Johnson (Ed.), Open Book, 2001, ISBN 085910916Xv2, page 69. This drama is based on the gospel reading.
Drama: Lamps R Us
Found in Creative Worship Ideas by Lois Keffer, Group, 1993, ISBN 1559450991, page 58 (pictured at right). This drama is related to the psalm.
Drama: Psalm 119
Found in Life Plus Ideas For Worship, JBCE 1996, ISBN 1864071079, page 7.
Drama: Genesis 25:19-34
Found in Life Plus Ideas For Worship, JBCE 1996, ISBN 1864071079, page 6.
Where do Jacob and Esau fit in the gospel parable: are they seeds on the path, on the thin soil, amongst the thorns or in good soil?
What helps us to have deep roots in good soil?
Story: The Native American and the Cricket
Found in More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 1995, ISBN 0310207681, page 123. This story goes well with the gospel reading.
Prayer For Others: Reminders (Version 3: Mixed Nuts)
This is an activity prayer and found in Multi-sensory Prayer by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2001, ISBN 1859994652, page 47. This goes quite well with the gospel reading.
Poem: Living Hearts
Found in Imaging the Word Volume 2 by Susan A. Blain, Sharon Iverson Glouwens, Catherine O'Callaghan, Grant Spradling (Eds.), United Church Press, 1995, ISBN 0829810331, page 240. This goes well with the gospel. I used images with this poem and the music of Tony O'Conner's track, Memories, from his album, Rainforest Magic.
Meditation: A Sower Went to Sow
Found in Present on Earth by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose, 2002, ISBN 0901557642, page 165. This goes quite well with the gospel reading.