Saturday, January 27, 2018

Epiphany 5 B (February 04): Coping with Stress/Clues for Coping/Prayer

Bible readings: Isaiah 40:21-31, Psalm 147:1-11,20c, 1 Corinthians 9:16-23, Mark 1:29-39.
About the Images:
Upper Left: We all need clues for coping with the heat.  A few years ago we had a record number of days over 43C  (that's about 110F). This photo is of my husband, Joe, giving my car some tender loving care so it copes - even if he doesn't :-).
Upper Right: This image comes from Image bank - . This is an excellent free image site and well worth bookmarking.
Middle Left and Middle Right: These are free images is from Heartlight (see my link column at left)
Lower left: This is a free image from Cerezo Barredo (see my links column at left)

Listening Song: On The Wings of An Eagle
By Russell Morris on the soundtrack of The Dish (pictured at left). This goes well with the Isaiah reading.

Drama: The Things You Do To Get a Decent Meal
Found in Mega Drama 3, Open Book, 2002, ISBN 0859109178, page 52, (pictured at the right). This is based on the gospel reading.

Discussion: In age groups
What sort of things add stress to our lives these days?

Story: Alive and Present
By Steve Goodier and found at
This talks about the objective in life being the journey, not the goal.

Story: Sharpen
your Axe
Found in Hot illustrations for Youth Talks, Youth Specialties Inc, ISBN 0310402611, 1994, pages 180-181 (pictured at left). This story is about the importance of prayer and staying in touch with God.

Give people the opportunity to find a quiet resting place with God by presenting the Isaiah reading (either as a data projection or as a printed leaflet - use both words and pictures) while playing some reflective music. Watermarks on the album Watermarks (pictured at right) or The First of Autumn on the album A Day Without Rain (pictured at left), both by Enya, both work well and are about the right length. Encourage people to watch, read and listen, and hear what God is saying to them to them.


Meditation: Withdrawal for Prayer
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 12 (pictured at left). This goes well with the gospel reading.

Prayer Exercise: A Life of Prayer is a Holy Rhythm
Found in Prayer: Heart of the Pilgrimage by Jenny Youngman, Upper Room Books, Nashville, 2007, ISBN 0835898369, page 24.  This is based on the Gospel reading.

Prayer Exercise: Singing our Prayers
Found in Prayer: Heart of the Pilgrimage by Jenny Youngman, Upper Room Books, Nashville, 2007, ISBN 0835898369, page 68.  This is based on the Psalm reading.

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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