Sunday, November 26, 2017

Advent 2 B (December 10): Preparing a Road in the Wilderness

Bible Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, Mark 1:1-8

About the Images:
Upper Left: This is the Oodnadatta track just out of William Creek in Central Australia (for more info please visit This is my photo so please feel free to use it for worship and other related activities.
Upper Right: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license by Luc Viatour ( Please let Luc know if you use it ( I put the text on to this most beautiful of images.
Middle Left: An Image from the Hermano Leon site - see my links column at left.
Middle Right: An image from Image bank - see my links column to the left - with words from the Isaiah reading.
Lower Left: This Photo  is by an unknown author and is licensed under CC BY-SA. I added the text.

Listening Song: Jesus Freak
By dc Talk on their album, Jesus Freak (pictured at left). This song goes well with the gospel reading.

Film Clip: The Lion King
Show the clip which follows the section where Simba, because of his huge feeling of guilt, runs away from his home and the role he was born for. He has made a new life for himself outside the kingdom. He knows he does not belong there but he has convinced himself that he cannot change the past. Show Raffiki, who has the role of priest/prophet in the film, going out to find Simba, and telling Simba he has forgotten who he is. Raffiki then calls Simba home. This is a great clip for teaching kids (and adults) that a prophet is someone who reminds us and tells us to return to and depend on God.


k of the rough places and the hard times in your life.
What are good ways of coping with these?

What have you found helpful?

Song: Hills and Valleys by Tauren Wells

Jesus, come to my house this Christmas.
Come to my country.
Come to the world of men and women.
And first of all, come to my heart.

Anonymous, Argentina, 1970.

Meditation: A Story of Light and Darkness
From Cloth for the Cradle by Wild
Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose Publications, 1997, ISBN 1901557014, page 32ff. (pictured at left).

Responses: Prepare the Way of the Lord
From Cloth for the Cradle by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose Publications, 1997, ISBN 1901557014, page 41. (pictured at left). This is based on the Isaiah reading. It is written as a spoken response but also works well with music and images.


Comments and Prayer: Longing and Yearning
Found in Advent Readings from Iona by Brian Woodcock and Jan Sutch Pickard, Wild Goose Publications, 2005, ISBN 1901557332 (pictured at right). These are based on the Psalm and found under the heading: December 5th

Response Activity: Wilderness and return
Found in Bringing the Word To Life Together: Year B by Andrew Collis and Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Mediacom, Adelaide, 2011, ISBN 9780949656919, page 16ff (pictured at left). This is based on the all four readings. 

Poem and prayer: wilderness of longing.
Found in Dad and Daughter by Ron Gordon and Jennie Gordon, 2012, ISBN 9780646586601, page 66 (pictured at right). These are 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 255ff (pictured at left).

Meditation: God is Coming
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 38.

Creative Ideas: Isaiah: The Messianic Prophet
Found in Multi-Sensory Prophets by Mike Law, Scripture Union, 2007, ISBN 9781844272587, page 25. This is based on the Isaiah reading.

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