Friday, May 29, 2020

Trinity A (June 6): Revenge V Forgiveness/ three in One



B
ible readings: Genesis 1 1-2:4a, Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20


About the images:
Upper Left: From http://www.sacredise.com/files/images/free/Trinity2.jpg.
Upper Right: Trinity found at http://www.servicioskoinonia.org/cerezo/indexAgraf.html
Middle Left: This is an Imagebank free image - see my link column at left.

Midde Right: This is a free Heartlight image - see my link column at left.
Lower Left: This is a free image from a website which seems to have disappeared - sadly.  They went under a few names, but Clarentine Publications used to find them.  

Call to W
orship:
Ask everyone to go outside or bring something in which reminds them of God's creation to place on the communion table.


Listening Song: Creation Calls
By Brian Doerksen on the album, Light the Fire
(pictured at right). Illustrate this song with images from your own local area for greatest impact. It does have rather American connotations with the words but I found that it was quite to fit local pictures from my area and still maintain a truth to the words. 

Film Clip
: Antz
Show the clip at the very beginning straight after the credits and finish when Z says "I'm insignificant with attitude".  This clip includes the credits and a minute or so after Z's statement but it work best if you edit it to stop at his statement.


Discussion: on the film clip of Antz.
1. Why does Z feel insignificant?
2. In what sort of situations can we feel like this?
3. Matthe
w 28:19 says: "Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples". What do you think of this verse? How does it make you feel?
4. What reassures you that this is not too big an ask of us ...or is it?


Kids story: The Blind Men and the Elephant
This old, old story makes a good lead in to a discussion on God, three in one, not only for children but for adults as well.

Drama: In the Beginning

Found in Let's Make a Scene Too by Verena Johnson, Lutheran Publishing House, 1991, ISBN 085910608X, Page 7 (pictured at right). This is based on the Genesis reading.

Trinity Illustration: Threesome
Found in When You Walk by Adrian Plass, The Bible Reading Fellowship, 1997, ISBN 0745935524, page 321 (pictured at left). This is a lovely analogy of the Trinity and I once used it as the basis of my service and sermon.  


Story: The Life Saving Station
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties Inc, 1994, ISBN 031040261, page 140 (pictured at right. This story is based on the
gospel reading.


Story: The Skier
Story 155
in 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching by Michael P Green, Baker Books, 1989, ISBN 0801063302 (pictured at left). This illustration shows us the different ways the Holy Spirit can act in our lives.

Story: Through Thick and Thin


Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks Book 4 by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 2001, ISBN 0310236193, page 39 (pictured at right).

Story: Rivalry
Found as story No 226 in Your Point Being? by Graham H. Twelftree, Monarch, 2003, ISBN 1854245929. This story matches up well with the 2 Corinthians reading.

Prayer For Others: Circles
Found in Multi-sensory Prayer by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2001, ISBN 1859994652, page 33. This goes quite well with the 1 Corinthians reading.

Response Activity:
I gave people a choice of three responses (see below). I used the words of 2 Corinthians 13:13, Matthew 28:19 and "Our God is complex, dynamic, relational, ever-reaching, ever seeking, ever creating, ever loving, and ever speaking" (William Willamon: Preaching Resources, Trinity Sunday, 2005) as the basis for all three responses. The choices were
1. Meditation: I used the words as a visual meditation with a powerpoint presentation and music by Moby from his album, Play. I used two tracks: "Inside" and "Guitar, Flute and String".
2. Discussion: I gave people the words on a handout and asked them to discuss the words.
3. Modelling: I gave people the words on a handout together with a small piece of self hardening clay and asked them to model a response to the words.


Response Activity: Relationships
Found in Bringing the Word to Life Together by Andrew Collis and Dorothy McRae-McMahon, MediaCom, 2010, ISBN 9780949656919, page 94. This response is based on the Corinthians reading. There are also some great sermon notes to be found here as well.


Also:


Poem/Meditation: The Cheerful Unrepentant Weeds

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 13 (pictured at left).

Worship Activity: Prayer Lights
By Jim Burns and Robin Dugall in Worship Experiences, Gospel Light, 1999, ISBN, 0830724044, page 43.  This is based on the Matthew reading.

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.  This is based on the Psalm reading.


Kids: Cecil and Psalm 8
This is another brilliant book  by Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2017.  This goes with the Psalm.  The great thing about these books is that they only around $A7 and for a further $A10 (or instead of) you can buy on line 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 www.lostsheep.com.au to check out all the excellent resources.


Kids: The Image of God
And another another brilliant book by Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2017. This goes with the Genesis reading. 

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

Various Ideas: Te Great Commission: Getting the Message Out
Found in Multi-Sensory Message by Dave Maclure, Scripture Union, 2008, ISBN 9781844272730, page 30. Connected with the Gospel reading. 

Various Ideas: Creation - the Message of Love
Found in Multi-Sensory Message by Dave Maclure, Scripture Union, 2008, ISBN 9781844272730, page 7. Connected with the Genesis reading.

Drama: Prepared to go
Found in Mega Drama 1 by Verena Johnson (Ed.), Open Book Publishers, 2001, ISBN 0859109151, page 36. This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Drama: Our Good Fridge
Found in Mega Drama 3 by Verona Johnson (ed) Openbook, 2002, ISBN 0859109178 (v.3), page 43. This drama is based on the Genesis reading. 






Saturday, May 23, 2020

Pentecost A (May 31): Enough for Everyone



Bible Readings: Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30, Psalm 104:24 -35, 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 or Acts 2:1-21, John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39.

About the images:
Upper Left: This is a mirrored free microsoft clip art on to which I added the biblical text.
Upper Right: This is my image (and my lounge room fire) with a line from the Third day song below on it. You have permission to use the image for worship and related activities.

Middle Left: This is a wickimedia photo with no copyright issues that I can ascertain.
Middle Right: This image reminded me of Acts 2:17 - desert flowers tend to congregate together. This is my image of the Simpson desert - you have permission to use this image for worship and related activities.
Lower Left: A free image from the Sundaygraphics site. 

An at home service based on some of these resources:

https://1drv.ms/b/s!ArWFF7A3pipHqiZdwXuyPhjhwWuK?e=MYPSJe

Listening Song : Holy Spirit
By Third Day on their self titled album (pictured at left).


Kids Story: Webster the Preacher Duck
By Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2007, ISBN 9781921229084 (pictured at right) or go to the Lost Sheep web site and download the book as a powerpoint or similar including worksheets for kids for a mere $10.  This is a lovely story about using your gifts. Thanks to Sandra Houghton for introducing me to this brilliant series for young and old. Laugh and learn - and as it says on the title page "Any similarities between the characters in this book and the old ducks in your church is purely coincidental". 
 
Film Clip: Edward Scissorhands
Show the clip where Edward trims the bushes into a dinosaur - everyone has a gift! (pictured at left).


Drama: Pentecost Photos?

Found in Let's Make Another Scene by Verena Johnson, Open Book Publishers, 1995, ISBN 0859107620, page 73 (pictured at right). This drama is lots of fun and is based on Acts 2.

Drama: What's A Holy Spirit?

Found in Let's Make A Scene For...by Verena Johnson, Open Book Publishers, 1998, ISBN 0859108937, page 77 (pictured at left). This drama is based on Acts 2.

Story: The Lifeboat
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties Inc, 1994, ISBN 031040261, page 137 (pictured at right). This story is based on the Corinthians reading.

Story: Too Helpful
Found in More Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 1995, ISBN 0310207681, page 161 (pictured at left). This story is based on the Corinthians reading.


Illustration: The Use of Power
Found in Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal (Eds.), 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers, and Writers [Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2002] Story no 68- Church (pictured at right). This is an easily understood illustration of the power of the Holy Spirit as seen in Acts 2.


Poem: Acts 2:1
Found in In Due Season by Herbert F Brokering, Augsburg Publishing, 1966 (pictured at left)  in the Summer section

Quote: William H Willimon
The Holy Spirit is the engine that drives the church out into the world.


Quote: William Blake

Unless the eye catch fire, God will not be seen.

Unless the ear catch fire, God will not be heard.
Unless the tongue catch fire, God will not be named.
Unless the heart catch fire, God will not be loved

Unless the mind catch fire, God will not be known.


Response Activity: Pentecost Celebration

Parts of this can be done at various times during a service however it makes a great conclusion. It was written by Uniting Church in Australia minister Coralie Ling - for full details visit http://thebillabong.info/lectionary/ideas-for-pentecost/the-gifts-of-the-spirit/


Also:

Kids' Story: The Sea-Breeze Hotel
By Marcia Vaughan and Patricia Mullins, Margaret Hamilton Books.

Worship Service based on The Sea-breeze Hotel
Found in Worship Is For Everyone by Julia Pinazza, Open Book Publishers, 2000, ISBN 0859109259, page 13 (pictured at left).
This is based on the Acts reading.

Meditation: Fear and Loneliness
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 50. This goes well with the gospel reading.

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

Taize Service: Holy Fire
Found in Worship Feast by Taize, Abingdon Press, 2004, page 30. This is based on the Acts 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. 

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.

Two chapters of resources for Pentecost and the Holy Spirit:
By Ruth Burgess in Fire and Bread, Wild Goose Publications, 2006, ISBN 9781905010301, pages 147ff. 


Various Ideas: Power to Communicate the Message
Found in Multi-Sensory Message by Dave Maclure, Scripture Union, 2008, ISBN 9781844272730, page 34. Connected with Acts. 

Drama: Humanity Reconstructed 
Found in Mega Drama 1 by Verena Johnson (Ed.), Open Book Publishers, 2001, ISBN 0859109151, page 102 (pictured at right). This drama is based on the Acts 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.

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.