Sunday, July 03, 2016

Proper 12 Ordinary 17 C (July 24): Prayer


Bible Readings: Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85, Colossians 2:6-15, Luke 11:1-13

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Listening Song: Every Day
by Serene and Pearl on their album, Crazy Stories (pictured at left). This goes well with gospel reading.

Listening Song: My Lord Speaks
This song also goes well with the gospel reading and is by David Robertson on his album, Soul Embrace (pictured at right). 

Listening Song: The Millennium Prayer
By Cliff Richard (pictured below). This is a version of the Lord's Prayer.

The Lord's Prayer: SMS Version
dad@hvn, ur spshl. we want wot u want & urth2b like hvn. giv us food & 4giv r sins lyk we 4giv uvaz. don't test us! save us! bcos we kno ur boss, ur tuf & ur cool 4 eva! ok?
Condensed version by Matthew Campbell of York University.

Kid's Story: Samir's Midnight Friend
By Yvonne Holloway McCall and Jim Roberts, Arch books, 1971, ISBN 0570060591 (pictured at left). This is a version of part of the gospel reading.

Film Clip: Forrest Gump
(pictured at left) The last scene, where Forrest waits at the bus stop for his child, is a great illustration of fatherly love which takes no short cuts and throws dignity to the wind - in the context of "our father who is in heaven".

Film Clip: Bart Gets an "F".
Show Bart's prayer in Bart Gets an "F" found in
The Complete Second Season of the Simpsons

Film Clip: The Lord's Prayer by Michael W Smith
Please check copyright before using this by visiting the YouTube site - just google the title and you should find it without much difficulty

Film Clip: Just Prayers: The Lords Prayer with subtitles

Drama: On the Subject of Prayer Found in Let's Make A Scene Too by Verena Johnson, Lutheran Publishing House, 1991, ISBN 085910608X, page 3 (pictured at right). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Tell the other people in your pew what prayer means to you using only a word or a phrase.
Did you prayer when you were young - how, where, what did you say?

Has your way of praying changing as you have matured?

Story: The Empty Chair
Found in More Hot Illustrations for Youth by Wayne Rice, Zondervan 1995, page 61 (pictured in an earlier blog).A story about prayer.

Story: Sharpen your Axe
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties, 1994, ISBN 0310402611, page 180 (pictured in an earlier blog). A story about prayer.

Story: Groceries For a Prayer
Index 2838 from Bible Illustrator for Windows Version 1.0d, Parsons Technology Inc., 1990 or find the story in the introduction to the following sermon

Quote: St Teresa of Avila
Prayer is nothing more than a conversation with God, who loves me.

Response Activity: Prayer Journals
At one service I gave everybody a tri-fold A4 (letter) parchment brochure and a pen. On the front was a place to put their name and the title: Prayer Journal. On the back I printed the Lord's Prayer as it is in Luke 11. The complete inside page of the trifold was as illustrated below

and the remaining page had a section entitled Other Prayers. I encouraged people to use this brochure/Lord's Prayer combo to prayer the Lord's Prayer at home during the week. Sorry, I can't source this idea however I think it was mine.

Response Activity: Hallowed Be Thy Name
Either project as many of the names of God as you can find while playing some thinking music or ask the congregation to help you make a list of such names.

Response Activity: Benediction
Ask people to chose the line of the Lord's Prayer which has special significance for them today and to share that line with at least three other people as they leave the church.


Taize Service: Learning to Pray

Found in Worship Feast by Taize, Abingdon Press, 2004, page 22. This is based on the Luke reading.

Prayer Exercise: Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray

Found in Prayer: Heart of the Pilgrimage by Jenny Youngman, Upper Room Books, Nashville, 2007, ISBN 0835898369, page 20.  This is based on the Luke reading.

Prayer Exercise: Outer Discipline, Inner Devotion

Found in Prayer: Heart of the Pilgrimage by Jenny Youngman, Upper Room Books, Nashville, 2007, ISBN 0835898369, page 26.  This is based on the gospel reading.

All Sorts of Useful Stuff: Breadtime Story
By Ian Birkinshaw in Multi-Sensory Parables, Scripture Union, 2006, ISBN 9781844272310, page 28.  This is based on the Gospel. 

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