Sunday, October 14, 2018

Proper 24 B (October 21): Looking at the Bigger Picture/Servant Leadership

Bible Readings: Job 38:1-7, 34-41, Psalm 104:1-9,24,35, Hebrews 5:1-10, Mark 10:35-45

About the images:
Left image: This is a Microsoft free clip art image to which I have added the Bible text.
Right image: This is Australia Rock near Narooma in New South Wales, Australia. Unless you stand in front of the Australia shaped hole you cannot see the bigger picture - the sea beyond. From the side,it appears to be a solid rock wall. This is my image so please feel free to use it. It goes well with the Job reading. Nobody is quite sure how the hole in the rock wall was made but it is known that ships used to tie up here in the early days of Australian white settlement. For more info about Narooma, visit
Middle Left and Right: Two free cliparts from the Heartlight site - see my links at left.
Lower Left: This is a free Microsoft clipart with a line from the Audio Adrenaline song below.

Listening Song: Get Down
By Audio Adrenaline on their album, Underdog (pictured at left). This song fits in well with both the gospel reading and with the Job reading.

Listening Song: You then Me
By Rebecca St James on her album, God, 1996 (pictured at right). This song fits in well with the Mark reading.

Kid's talk: God is Here
Have each letter of the words "God is Here" on separate cards and scatter them about the worship space. Get a couple of people to adlib a conversation about the whereabouts of God and their difficultly working out just where God is - especially when things go wrong. Have a third person join the conversation by noticing the scattered cards. Together, with the help of children in the congregation, sort out the cards so that they spell out the words "God is here" and then work out how these words apply to the conversation about the whereabouts of God in difficult times.

Kid's Talk: Fighting The Green Eyed Monster
Found in Fun Group Devotions For Children's Ministry by various authors, Group Publishing, 1993, ISBN 1559451610, page 75 (pictured at left). This fits in well with the disciple's reaction to the request by James and John in the gospel reading. 

Film Clip: Psalm 104
This clip is from the excellent Work of the People site.  These clips are not free but they are often very good and worth the dollars.

Drama: What is a Servant
Based on the gospel reading and found in Mega Drama 4 by Verena Johnson (Ed.) Open Book, 2002, ISBN 0859100186, page 23 (pictured at right).

Story: Servanthood
Story 623 in 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers and Writers by Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal, Baker Books, 1993, ISBN 0801091551 (pictured left). This also suits the gospel reading.

Story: A Lesson in Servanthood
Found in Illustrations, Stories and Quotes to hang Your Message On by Jim Burns and Greg McKinnon, Gospel Light, 1997, ISBN 0830718834, page 151 (pictured at right). This story fits in well with the gospel reading.

Story: True Greatness
Found at
This story fits well with the gospel reading.

Quote: Fredrich Buechner
"God does not always give us all the answers.......God gives us himself." This quote links to the Job reading.

Response Activity:
Ask people to form inward looking circles of around eight to ten people. Tell them that each circle represents the church. Get each circle group to discuss and reform in any way and in any shape that they like in a way which they think, as a group, best represents the way the church should be.

Closing Prayer:

By Michael Quiost and found in Gentle Darkness by Rowland Croucher (Ed.), Albatross Books, 1994, ISBN 073241007X, pages 421-422 (pictured at right). This fits well with the gospel reading.


Poem/Meditation: A Child
By Ruth Burgess in Dandelions and Thistles: Biblical Meditations from the Iona Community by Jan Sutch Pickard (ed.) Wild Goose Publications, 1999, ISBN 1901557146, page 63 (pictured at left). This goes well with the Mark reading.

Lots of Useful Stuff: Portrait of the Artist
Found in Multi-Sensory Together by Ian Birkinshaw, Scripture Union,2005, ISBN 1844271641, page 20.  Based on the Psalm reading.

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