Sunday, March 31, 2019

Easter 2 C (April 28): Love in Spite of a Shadow of a Doubt

Bible Readings: Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150, Revelation 1:4-8, John 20:19-31

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Listening Song: With Every Breath
By Leigh Nash and Dan Haseltine on the album, City on a Hill (pictured at left) or on the album, WOW 2002. This song links in well with Psalm 150.

Film Clip: John 20:19-31
From The Gospel of John by The Visual Bible Society -an excellent film streets ahead of any other similar film (pictured at right).

Film Clip: Doubting Thomas
From the Work of the People - see my link at left. 


Drama: Blessed Are They
By Darryl McCollum and found at www.dramatix,org This drama is based on the gospel reading. 

Drama: The Visit
Found in The Dame Cecily Spume Drama Notebook by Nick Page, Minstral, 1990, ISBN 1854240978, page 105 (pictured at left). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Illustration: Doubt
Index 1223-4 from Bible Illustrator for Windows Version 1.0d, Parsons Technology Inc., 1990. This goes well with the gospel reading

Discussion Activity:
Give out or project the following four statements:
1. I know Jesus is alive because I can feel in my heart that he loves me. Sometimes Jesus feels very close to me.
2. Jesus' love was too strong to die. When people love each other they show that Jesus' love is still alive in the world.
3. I am
not sure what happened when Jesus died. I do know that whatever happens to us when we die, we will always be with God.
4. Jesus di
ed, then God raised him to life again. People saw him and talked to him. Jesus spirit is still present in our world today.

Ask people to choose the statement that best suits what they believe and talk with others who feel the same way. (You may need to specify four areas to meet in). Encourage them to a
ddress the following questions in their discussion:

1. Why did you choose this statement - what did you like about it?
2. What would you like to change or add?
3. What difference should this view of the resurrection make to our lives?
4. How ca
n we help each other to do this?

Have the four groups report back when you reassemble as one group.

Discussion Activity:
Divide people into a number of groups and have them discuss the "My Own Story" questions from the Serendipity Bible on John 20: 19-21 (pictured at right).  

Story: John Wesley's Last Words
Found in Rivers in the Desert by Rowland Croucher (Ed.) Albatross, 1991, ISBN 086760137X, page 34 (pictured at left). This goes well with the gospel reading

Story: Christian in Doubting Castle

Found as above, page 35. This also goes well with the gospel reading.

Story: Obedience

Found in Your Point Being? by Graham H. Twelftree, Monarch Books, 2003, ISBN 1854245929, story No. 179 (pictured iat right). This story goes well with the gospel reading.

Say something along the following lines: Think to yourself one way the resurrection of Jesus makes a difference in your life. In the silence, talk to God about how you will realise the difference and make it an obvious part of your life.


Taize Service: Overcoming Doubts
Found in Worship Feast by Taize, Abingdon Press, 2004, page 18 (pictured at right). This is based on the John reading.

Responsive Reading:

By Jim Burns and Robin Dugall in Worship Experiences, Gospel Light, 1999, ISBN, 0830724044, page 25 (pictured at left).  This is based on Psalm 150.

Prayer Exercise: Prayers of Examen
Found in Prayer: Heart of the Pilgrimage by Jenny Youngman, Upper Room Books, Nashville, 2007, ISBN 0835898369, page 54.  This is based on the Psalm reading.

For Children and Families: God is everywhere
Found in Rewind by Beth Barnett, SUVictoria, 2011, ISBN987098710035, navigate from page 5. This is based on the gospel reading. 

A Chapter of Resources for Easter 2:
By Ruth Burgess in Fire and Bread, Wild Goose Publications, 2006, ISBN 9781905010301, pages 48-78.

Reflection: Scars Reveal Resurrection
By Ruth Burgess in Fire and Bread, Wild Goose Publications, 2006, ISBN 9781905010301, pages 106ff.

Reflective Poem: Thomas, my twin
By Ruth Burgess in Fire and Bread, Wild Goose Publications, 2006, ISBN 9781905010301, pages 109ff. This is based on the Gospel reading.

Opening or Closing Response 
By Ruth Burgess in Fire and Bread, Wild Goose Publications, 2006, ISBN 9781905010301, page 130. 

Beautiful Illustrations of John's Gospel  connected to the Australian Outback
Found in The Gospel According to John Illuminated by Fiona Pfennigwerth, Tien Wah Press, Singapore, 2013, ISBN 9780646912462, page 62-63.

Poem: Seasons do not stop
Found in In Due Season by Herbert F Brokering, Augsburg Publishing, 1966 (pictured at right) in the Summer section.