Sunday, December 17, 2017

Epiphany B (January 6): Gifts/New Directions

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, Matthew 2:1-12

About the images:
Upper Left: This image is available from Hermano Leon (see my links at left). There is a lovely collection of "king" clipart and works of art available for us all to use.
Upper Right: This is a free microsoft clipart with my text.
Middle Left, Middle Right and Lower Left: These are free images from Imagebank - see my links column at left

Listening Song: On Earth as it is in Heaven
From The Mission soundtrack by Ennio Morricone (pictured at left). This makes a lovely call to worship. I just put lots of magi paintings and good clip art with it.

Kid's Story: The Story of Baboushka
This is a Russian folktale available everyone and in all sorts of publications. It reminds us not to get distracted from the call of God in our lives.

Poem: The Three Gamblers
Found in Outback Christmas by Pro Hart and Norman Habel, Lutheran Publishing House, 1990, ISBN 0859105628, page 36 (pictured at right).

Poem: Gold rush
Found in Outback Christmas by Pro Hart and Norman Habel, Lutheran Publishing House, 1990, ISBN 0859105628, page 38 (pictured at right).

What sort of things distract us today from following God?
What are the gifts God gives us?
What are the gifts which we can give to God?
What are the gifts we can offer to others?

Response Activity:
Give everyone a cut out star. Invite people to write on the star a gift that they wish to give the Christ child. Invite people to place their star near the Christ candle.


Meditation: The Outsiders
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 30.

Kids: The Three Wise Camels
This is another brilliant book  by Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2012. This goes with the Matthew reading.  The great thing about these books is that they only around $A5 and for a further $A10 (or instead of) you can buy on line the story in any format you need to project the pictures in church.  There are also free activity sheets and for a cost activity books for both teachers and children.  Visit to check out all the excellent resources.

Worship Activity: Giving to the Lord
By Jim Burns and Robin Dugall in Worship Experiences, Gospel Light, 1999, ISBN, 0830724044, page 38.  This is based on the gospel reading.

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