Sunday, August 31, 2008

Proper 18 Ordinary 23 Pentecost 17 A (September 7): Our God of New Beginnings and Second Chances

Bible readings: Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20
Theme: Our God of New Beginnings and Second Chances

About the Image:
Free and found at

Listening Song: Just Like You
By Keb Mo on his album, Just Like You (pictured at left).

Drama: No Thumping Whatsoever
Found in Mega Drama 2 by Verena Johnson, Open Book, 2001, ISBN 085910916, page 21 (pictured in an earlier blog).

Story: Don't Hire a Hit Man
Found in Could Someone Wake Me up Before I Drool on the Desk by Kevin Johnson, Bethany House Publishers, 1995, ISBN 1556614160, page 49.

After reading the Romans reading and the gospel reading, divide into groups to discuss together and make a list together of the means by which a Christian community can live in harmony.

Quote: Do It Anyway
Probably written originally by Dr Kent M. Keith and adapted by Mother Teresa. Find the original and the adapted words at

Adult Response:
Give everybody a piece of spring blossom. Tell everyone that the blossom is a sign of spring, new life and new growth. In the silence, encourage people to think of a broken relationship in their lives and encourage them to ask God to show them how to repair it.

Adult Response:
Give everyone a small piece of self hardening modelling clay (1cm cube is big enough for this) and
1. Ask people to mould their feelings about someone they disagree with in their faith community.
2. Ask them to mould the clay back into a ball
3. Ask them to mould the clay into a symbol of Jesus' love for them.
4. Encourage them to take home their symbol as an example of relationship.

Father's Day (Australia - and maybe some other places?) Resources:

Listening song; Butterfly kisses
By Bob Carlisle on his album of the same name (pictured at right)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann,
I love looking at your site because of the creativity you put into it. However, I find I don't use many of your suggestions because I don't own most of the resources you cite. I may be drawn into looking for the resources if I had a better idea of the content of the poem, drama, song whatever. Would you consider including a brief description of that content, each time you refer to something? Thanks. Francis.