Saturday, July 14, 2018

Proper 11 Ordinary 16 (July 22): Building Bridges/Rest?

Bible Readings:
2 Samuel 7:1-14, Psalm 89:20-37, Ephesians
2:11-22, Mark 6:30-56

About the Images:
Upper Left: Free Microsoft clipart with my text.
Upper Right: Hampden Bridge: This is my photo and you are welcome to use it for worship and related activities. The bridge was built out of sandstone in the 1890's and is Australia's oldest suspension bridge. It is located in the picturesque Kangaroo Valley in New South Wales. For more info about this area, please visit
Middle Left: This is the free gospel drawing for the week from the Cerrezo Barrado - see my link column at left
Middle Right: This is a corner of the Singapore Orchid gardens. It reminded me of Jesus' words in the gospel reading to come aside and rest a while.  This is my image so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Lower Left:  This comes from the free Heartlight site - see my link column at left. 

Listening Song: Come Together
By Third Day on their Come Together album (pictured at right) . This goes well with the Ephesians reading.

Kids: God is Never too Busy
The Gospel reading stands alone as great story to show that God is never too busy. Use a good story teller. It makes all the difference! 

Film Clip: Burst
This is a brilliant short film (total length:7 minutes) about reconciliation, forgiveness and freedom which came second in the Sony Tropfest 2006: The World's Largest Short Film Festival. For copyright details and permission contact

Discussion Questions for Burst
2. Who is the peacemaker, reconciler, forgiver?
2. Who does the God things?

Film Clip: One Cross, One Body
This film clip, based on the Ephesians reading, is available from The Work of the People - see my links column at left.

Drama: The Bridge
This links with the Ephesians reading and is found in Mega Drama 4 by Verena Johnson, Open Book, 2002, ISBN 0859109186, page 14 (pictured at left).

Discussion Starter:
Share an experience of being excluded.
Share an experience of being included.

Sermon Ideas and Prayers: Ah, Wilderness. 
Linked to the gospel reading, these can be found in The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2009 edited by David N Mosser, Abingdon Press, 2008, ISBN 9780687651955, page 233 ff (pictured at right)

Story: The President and the Little Boy
Links well with the idea of coming to God through Jesus and is found in More Hot Illustrations by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 1995, page 140 (pictured at left).

Poem: Mother Teresa
Found in The Two-Way Clock: Poems by Sydney Carter, Stainer and Bell, 1974, page 127.

Response Activity and/or Prayer of Confession: The
Found in Multi-Sensory Prayer by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2000, ISBN 1859994652, page 51 (pictured at right). This goes well with any of the readings as a confession, but is particularly relevant to the Ephesians reading, in any context.

Ask people to sit comfortably with their eyes shut.
Give them time to relax and then read the following slowly:
Think about God.
Think about the barriers in your life:
maybe a personal relationship which has gone wrong,
maybe it is an injustice you see in the community which alienates some people
maybe it is a division or disagreement within your congregation. Whatever it is, talk to God about it. .....
Ask God what your role is in healing the situation you have talked about.......

Meditation: The Coming of Jesus
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 63 (pictured at left). This goes well with 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.

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