Saturday, February 11, 2017

Epiphany 7 A (February 19): Living Generously

Bible Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119: 33-40, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48.

About the Images:
Upper Left: This is a free Heartlight image. You can visit their site via my links column on the left of this page.
Upper Right: This image is from the Hermano Leon free clip art site (see my links at the left of this page). I like the open hand versus the clenched fist idea.
Lower Left: This is from the Church Galleries site (see my links column at left)

Kid's Story: Change Your Enemy into Your Friend

Found in The Lectionary Story Bible, Woodlake , 2009, ISBN 9781551455471, pages 65-66 (pictured at right) . This story is based on the gospel reading.

Film Clip:
Wondrous Oblivion
(pictured at left) This is a great clip about a Jewish boy in England who, although suffering some discrimination himself, discriminates against a Jamaican girl who has kindly taught him to play cricket. The scene I chose is one where he tries to make amends for his behaviour. See the clip at
Making Amends - Movie Clip from Wondrous Oblivion at

Drama: This is the Word of the Lord
 Found in Mega Drama 1 by Verena Johnson (Ed.), Open Book Publishers, 2001, ISBN 0859109151, page 27 (pictured at right). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Story: Music in a New Place
Found in When You Walk by Adrian Plass, The Bible Reading Fellow
ship, 1997, ISBN 0745935524, page 18 (pictured at left) . This story is based on the gospel reading.

Story and Response Activity: Sometimes it is Really Hard to Love
Found in Bringing the Word To Life Together by Dorothy McRae- McMahon and Andrew Collis, Mediacom, 2010, ISBN 9780949656919, page 44 (pictured at right). This is based on the gospel reading.
Poem: A Hymn of Imperfection
By Joy Cowley and found in Resources for Preaching and Worship Year A compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild. Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, ISBN 0664225071, page 74 (pictured at left). This is just a delight and goes beautifully with the prayer response below.

Prayer Response: Praying for our Enemies
Found in Forbid Them Not Year A by Carolyn C Brown, Abingdon Press, 1992, ISBN 068713255X, page 53 (pictured at left). I know, I know, this is supposed to be an activity for the kids but with the Poem (above) attached to it instead of the word puzzle; it makes a very thought provoking prayer activity for adults


Poem: He sends rain
Found In Due Season by Herbert F. Brokering, Augsburg Publishing House, 1966  in the spring section. Based on the Matthew reading.

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