Monday, April 29, 2019

Proper 7 C ( June 23): Listening/Time Out/Restoration



Bible Readings: 1 Kings 19:1-15a, Psalm 42 and 43, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39.

About the Images:
Upper Left: This is a Microsoft free clip art with my text.
Upper Right: This is my image - please feel free to user it for worship purposes and other related activities.
Middle Left: This free image comes fro the excellent Heartlight site see my link column at left.
Middle Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which was decimated by hackers last year. At present it is possible to buy these images very cheaply - however this particular one is free on the site this week.  Well worth the subscription!!! Visit the website at
Lower Left:  I chose this image to go with the first few verses of Psalm 42.  It is my image of the Australian outback so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities. 

Call To Worship: Elijah Meditation
Found in "Meeting God" in He Was in the World by John L. Bell, Wild Goose Publications, 1995, ISBN 094798870X, page 67 (pictured at left).

Opening Response: In Quietness and Darkness
Found in Present on Earth by The Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose Publications, 20028, ISBN 0901557642, page 32 (pictured at right).  This goes well with the Galatians reading and particularly with verse 28.

Listening song: Deep Calling Deep
By Margaret Becker (and Charlie Peacock) on her album Grace or on WOW 1996 (pictured at left).This is a song about going deeper with God.

Prayer: Psalm 42 or 43
Have Psalm 42 or 43 on a screen or on a handout for everybody. Ask people to work in groups of three or four and write a two sentence prayer together. Have the first sentence describe something that makes our hearts seethe in turmoil (43:5 and a number of other verses in both psalms) and the second sentence ask God for forgiveness or help with this. Depending on the size of your congregation, either ask one person from each group to read out their prayer for the benefit of all or ask for five or six groups to volunteer to share their prayers.

I Kings Reading:
The verses of the old chorus Be Still and Know That I am God fit well with this reading. Have pauses in the reading where the relevant verse is sung.

Theme Idea: Time Out: God Restores Us...

1. When Others Hurt Us: Use the story of Elijah found in 1 Kings 19.
2. When We Hurt Ourselves: Use the story of Johnny Cash in the Nickajack Cave found in Spiritual Journeys by Jason Boyett, Relevant Books, 2003, ISBN 0972927603, page 13 (pictured at right)
3. When We Hurt for No Apparent Reason: Use the Luke story.

Quote: Mother Teresa
"We all long for heaven where God is but we have it in our power to be in heaven with Him right now - to be happy with Him at this very moment. But being happy with him now means: loving as He loves, helping as He helps, giving as He gives, serving as He serves, rescuing as He rescues, being with him for all the twenty four hours, touching Him in His distressing disguise. (A Gift For God)

Poem: Listening
by Brian Wren and found in Resources for Preaching and Worship - Year C compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, Westminster John Knox Press, 2003, ISBN 066422508X, page 194 (pictured at left). This works really well with projected images and music.

Adult Response: Time Out
This will only work in places where you have available a sweet/lolly/candy (whatever your word is) called a Time Out. They come in two sizes here in Australia and I bought enough of the small ones so that everyone in the congregation could have one. Then I said something alone the lines of:
These readings challenge us in two ways;
1. They encourage us to take time out to spend time with God. God wants us to know that time spent seeking God, saying what is on our minds and revealing how we are feeling is not time wasted. The challenge for us is to make the time. Take the Time Out home, find a space in your day, and as you eat the Time Out, spend time with God. Make sure you put the empty wrapper somewhere where it will remind to take time out for God.
2. In each story the person is encouraged to go back into their communities to share their experience of God with others. When you sit at home in your small quiet space with God and your Time Out, remember to listen to God and discover where God is calling you to share your particular experiences.


Listening songs: Psalm 42a and Psalm 42b
Both these songs are by Sons of Korah and found on their album, Rain (pictured at right).

Poem and Prayers: Ensign
A great prayer and collect and poem found in Dad and Daughter by Ron Gordon and Jennie Gordon, 2012, ISBN 9780646586601, page 162 (pictured at left). To order a copy of this excellent book email

Adult Response: The Demons That Won't Let Me Go
Found in Bringing the Word To Life Together: Year C by Andrew Collis and Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Mediacom, Adelaide, 2012, ISBN 9781921945083, page 94-6.  This is based on the gospel reading.

Meditation: Unity of the Family of God
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 93 (pictured at right). This goes well with the Galatians reading.

Poem/Meditation: Elijah's Story
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 18 (pictured at left). This goes well with the 1 Kings reading.

Trinity C (June 16 ): You ARE worth it!!!!



Readings: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-6, John 16:12-15

About the Images: 
Upper Left: This is a free clip art from the excellent as always Heartlight site (use my link to this site in my Link section)
Upper Right: This is my photo on my homemade handout - see response activity below.
Middle Left: This is my photo of the beach at Lake Tyers in East Gippsland.  Please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.  It reminded me of the closeness of God to us even when we do not know it.
Middle Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website.  Well worth the subscription!!! Visit the website at
Lower LeftThis is a another free clip art from the Heartlight site (use my link to this site in my Link section)

Listening Song: I Am 
By Jill Phillips on her self titled album and on WOW 2000. (pictured at left).  This is a beautiful song and I have suggested before, and most likely, will do so again.
Film Clip: Forrest Gump
(pictured at right) 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.

Video Clip: The Triune Poet
From Work of the People - see my link column at left.

Drama: I Quit
Found in Lets make Another Scene by Verena Johnson, Open Book, 1995, ISBN 0859107620, page 24 (pictured at left).  This drama is based on the Romans reading.

Comic Strip: Just be Yourself
Found in Micro Messages by Rich Bundschuh and Tom Finley, Gospel Light, 1995, ISBN 08307 15789, page 131 (pictured at rght).This is very much connected to the Psalm but it is also connected to all the readings.  A new look at Mr Potoato Head!

Quote: St Augustine
"People travel everywhere to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the length of rivers, at the vastness of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars in the night sky - and yet they pass by themselves without wondering." 

Story: Major League Grace
Found in In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado, Word Publishing, 1996, ISBN 0849913241, page 89, (pictured at left). This can be turned into a "what if" story for any popular sporting code.

Discussion: Romans 5:1-5 and/or Psalm 8
 What is it in these verses which convinces you that God thinks you are worth it?

Response Activity:
The Romans reading shows us that God gifts us with peace, joy, hope and love. Ask people to choose the one that they find easiest to understand and to accept. Ask them to discuss with their neighbour how they might share this aspect of God's character with others within the church, and within the community at large.

Response Activity:
Give each person a bookmark or card similar to the one above (permission to copy given) and ask them to circle the gift they need most now and to write their response in the space.


Prayer Exercise: The Psalms Teach Us to Pray
Found in Prayer: Heart of the Pilgrimage by Jenny Youngman, Upper Room Books, Nashville, 2007, ISBN 0835898369, page 42 (pictured at right).  This is based on the Psalm reading.

Kids: Cecil and Psalm 8
This is another brilliant book by Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2018 (pictured at left).  The great thing about these books is that they are only around $7AUS and for a further $10 (or instead of) you can buy on lie the story in any format you need to project the pictures in church.  There are also free activity sheets and, for a cost, activity books for both teachers and children.  Visit

Kids: Proverbs
And another brilliant book ( pictured at right) by the above author.  This one does not relate specifically to the proverbs reading but is a very useful book for kids on Proverbs in general.  

A chapter of resources for Trinity Sunday:
By Ruth Burgess in Fire and Bread, Wild Goose Publications, 2006, ISBN 9781905010301, pages 199ff. 

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 50.

Poem: Depart in peace
Found in In Due Season by Herbert F Brokering, Augsburg Publishing, 1966 (pictured at right) in the Autumn section and based on the John reading.