Sunday, July 28, 2019

Proper 13 C (August 04): The Things We Leave Behind/Good Stuff,God-Stuff and Other Stuff/God, the Loving Parent.

 

 

Bible Readings: Hosea 11:1-11. Psalm 107: 1-9,43, Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21

About the Images:
Upper Left:
This is a free Microsoft clipart image and I used it for the Response activity set out below.   I printed six images to an A4 (letter) sized sheet -any more and the image does not have enough room for people to write on it easily.

Upper Right:
I made this image for the gospel reading. They are both my photos so please feel free to use them for worship purposes and other related activities. The reflected buildings are near Camberwell Junction in Melbourne (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CamberwellJunction) and the head stones are from the fascinating cemetery on Norfolk Island(http://www.pitcairners.org/vt_cemetery.html).
Middle Left: This image comes from www.sundaygraphx.blogspot.com. This site no longer updates (you will see the sad reason why when you visit) however the artist, Don da Silva, has left a legacy of wonderful free images and templates via the site archives.
Middle Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website. This particular one was free on the site a few years back.  The site may be back on line later year. Well worth the subscription!!! Visit the website at www.churchgalleries.com.

Lower Left: This is a free image from the Heartlight site - see my link column at left.

Opening Response: In Quietness and Darkness
Found in Present on Earth by The Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose Publications, 2008, ISBN 0901557642, page 32 (pictured at left). This matches well with the gospel reading.


Listening Song: The Things We Leave Behind
By Michael Card on his album, Poiema, 1994 (pictured at right). This goes well with the gospel reading.

Drama: The Barn Builder
Found in Forty More Devotions that Work With Youth by Geraldine Anderson (Ed.), JBCE, 1990, ISBN 0858198118, page 38 (pictured at left).

Drama: From the Files of Miles Wenckbach
Found in Drama Resources 1 by the Youth Office of the Lutheran Church of Australia (eds.), Lutheran Publishing House, page 54. This fits well with the Hosea reading.

Discussion: On the Hosea Reading
How/when do we take God's love for granted?
In what ways, do we shut God out of our lives?

Story: Cliff Hangers
Found in The New Century Version Youth Bible, Word, 1991, ISBN 0849909252, page 1027, (pictured at left). This goes with the gospel reading,

Story: What is Your Price?
Found in When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado, Word, 1996, ISBN 0849913241, page 65 (pictured at right) This goes with the gospel reading.

Story: Materialism
Story No 423 in 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers and Writers edited by Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal, Baker Books, 2002, ISBN 0801091551 (pictured at left). This also goes with the gospel reading.

Response Activity: For the Luke Reading
Somewhere at the beginning of the service, give everybody a picture of a closed gift box with a large label on it (see image above)and ask them to imagine that inside is the thing that they want most in the world. Give them a minute to think what it is and then to share answers. At the end of the service ask people to look at the box again and ask them what they think God would put in the box for them. If you give them a pen or pencil as well, they can write their response each time on the label.

Prayer For Others: Materialism
Found in Worship Ideas For Youth Ministry, Group, 1997, ISBN 076442002X, page 69 (pictured at right). This goes well with the gospel reading.




Creative Ideas: Hosea: The Forgiving Prophet 
Found in Multi-Sensory Prophets by Mike Law, Scripture Union, 2007, ISBN 9781844272587, page 43 (pictured at left). This is based on the Hosea reading.

Also:

Kids: The Rich Farmer
By Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen, found in Stories Jesus Told  by the above authors, Candle books, 2005, ISBN 101859855881 (pictured at right).

All Sorts of Useful Stuff: A Fool and his money
By Ian Birkinshaw in Multi-Sensory Parables, Scripture Union, 2006, ISBN 9781844272310, page 32.  This is based on the Gospel. 

Kids: Jelly Beans, Lima Beans and Boxes
Found in Party On Together by Beth Barnett and Dr Keith Dyer, Scripture Union, 2010, page 76. This is based on the Gospel reading. This resource is also available in electronic form through the Baptist Union of Victoria website, www.buv.com.au. where it can be copied freely for non-commercial use. 

Brilliant Comments on the Gospel
Found in Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey, SPCK, 2008, ISBN 9780281059751, pages 298-308.

Story: Cane Toads
Found in Australian Visions by John Pfitzner, Lutheran Publishing House, 1990, page 7ff.





Sunday, July 21, 2019

Proper 12 C (July 28): Prayer


 




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

About the Image:
Above Left: This is a free Microsoft clip art image with my text.
Above Right: This image comes from www.sundaygraphx.blogspot.com. This site no longer updates (you will see the sad reason why when you visit) however the artist, Don da Silva, has left a legacy of wonderful free images and templates via the site archives.

Middle Left: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which will be back on line soon.  Well worth the subscription!!! Visit the website at www.churchgalleries.com.
Middle Right: A free clipart from Cerrezo Barredo - see my link column at left.
Lower Left: A free clipart image from Hermano Leon Art - see my link column at left.

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 at left). 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 right). 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 left). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Discussion:
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 .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. 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 http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/petition-for-gods-provision-david-dewitt-sermon-on-lords-prayer-70427.asp


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.


Also:


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.