Sunday, June 28, 2020

Proper 9 A (July 5): Sharing the Burden/Travelling into the Unknown/Open Doors













Bible Reading:
 Genesis 24: 34-38, 42-49, 58-67, Psalm 45: 10-17 or Song of Songs 2:8-13, Romans 7;15-25a, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30.


About the Images:
Upper Left : This is a microsoft free clipart onto which I have put the Biblical text.
Upper Right: This is a free image from Heartlight (you will find a link to Heartlight in my links column at left).
Middle Left: This is a free image from www.sundaygraphx.blogspot.com. It makes a great background slide for the Romans reading and comes in three languages: english, spanish and portuguese (I think).  

Middle Right: This is my image of an ancient well in Beersheba similar to the type mentioned in the Genesis story.  Please feel free to use this image for worship and related activities.
Lower LeftThis is a free image from Heartlight (you will find a link to Heartlight in my links column at left).

Listening Song: Much Afraid
By Jars of Clay on their album, Much Afraid (pictured at left). This song fits quite well with the Matthew reading.


Listening Song: A Noble Theme Psalm 45
By Sons of Korah on their album, Hand on the
 Plough (pictured at right).

Call to Worship
Found in Life Plus Ideas For Worship, JBCE 1996, ISBN 1864071079page 4 (pictured at left). This is based on the Gospel reading.

Kids Time: Liturgical stole and Good Intentions
A good explanation about both which links well with both the Matthew and the Romans reading can be found in Forbid Them Not Year A by Carolyn C Brown, Abingdon Press, 1992, ISBN 068713255X, page 129 (pictured at right).

Film Clip: Wall-e
(pictured at left) Show the trailer i
n which you see Wall-e bored and lonely .

Discussion: Wall-e
What two things are making 
Wall-e sad?
What do you think would make him happy?


Film Clip: Les Miserables
(pictured at right) Use the clip right near the end when Javert and Valjean have a conversation by the river and Javert lets himself fall into the water. This is a great illustration of the Romans reading when we can paint ourselves into a corner if we do not acknowledge our need for a Saviour. I used a Wingclips film clip for this - you can visit their site via my link column at left. 

Discussion on the Matthew reading
In wha
t areas would you like to be more closely yoked with Jesus as a church?

Drama: A Load of Rubbish
Found in Let's Make Another Scene by Verena Johnson, Open Book Publishers, 1995, ISBN 0859107620, page 17(pictured at left). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Discussion for A Load of Rubbish
What are some of the burdens we carry around with us?


Drama: All Messed Up

Found in Life Plus Ideas For Worship, JBCE 1996, ISBN 1864071079page 4 (pictured above). This drama is based on the Romans reading and can be adapted for puppets or people.

Story: Too Polite
Found in Still More Hot Illustrations For Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Zondervan, 1999, ISBN 0310224640, page 88 (pictured at right).  This story is based on the gospel reading.

Story: Pulling Together
Index 3894-3899 from Bible Illustrator for Windows Version 1.0d, Parsons Technology Inc., 1990. This story is also found at http://www.churchchrist.net/Sermons/Ministry.htm and is called Pulling Yoke Together.
Story: The Flying Wallandas

Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialities, 1994, ISBN 0310402611, page 96 (pictured at left). This story is about trusting God. This goes with both the gospel reading and the Genesis reading.
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Story: The Civil War of the Soul
Found in In the Grip Of Grace by Max Lucado, Word Publishing, 1996, ISBN 0849911435, pages 139ff (pictured at right). Lots of stories and discussion questions (at the back) based on the Romans reading.

Poem/Meditation: Prisoner

Found in The Electric Bible: Poems For Public Worship by Peter Dainty, Kevin Mayhew, 2003, ISBN 1844170411, page 100. This poem is based on the Romans reading. I put an image up for each stanza and read it out loud with a pause between each verse. 

Response Activity:
Give everyone a business card with a picture of two yoked bullocks and the words "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.....For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light - Jesus". 
(see image above and feel free to use). Ask people to think about the words and write on the back of the card either a burden they are carrying which they need to share with Jesus or a job that Jesus is asking them to do with his help.

Response Activity: Burdens

Found in Multi-Sensory Prayer by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2001, ISBN 1859994652, page 54.

Also:
Poem and prayer: beyond the breakers.
Found in Dad and Daughter by Ron Gordon and Jennie Gordon, 2012, ISBN 9780646586601, page 43. These are based on the gospel reading.


Response Activity: Kindness

Found in Bringing the Word To Life Together: Year A by Andrew Collis and Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Mediacom, Adelaide, 2010, ISBN 9780949656919, page 112ff. This is based on the Gospel reading .

Lots of Useful Stuff
Found in The Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual by Jenee Woodard (Ed.), Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2013, page 144ff. 

Prayer Exercise: Giving Up Control
Found in Prayer: Heart of the Pilgrimage by Jenny Youngman, Upper Room Books, Nashville, 2007, ISBN 0835898369, page 38.  This is based on the Gospel reading.

Drama: Big Al
Found in Mega Drama 2 by Verena Johnson (Ed.), Open Book, 2001, ISBN 085910916Xv2, page 9. This drama is based on the Gospel reading.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Proper 8 A (June 28): Restoring the Sparkle in our Eyes/ Discipleship = Hospitality




























Bible Readings: 
Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42
 

About the images:
Upper Left: This is a free image from Hermano Leon Art with my text - see my links column at left.
Upper Right: This is a free image from Image Bank with my text - see my links column at left.
Middle left: This is a free Bing image with text from Psalm 13
Middle Right: This is a free image from Heartlight - see my link column at left
Lower Left: This is a free clipart from the now defunct Sundaygraphics site.

Kid's story
: Nobody's Granny
By Tess Brady and Kay Stewart, Ashton Scholastic, 1989, ISBN 0868964344 (pictured at l
eft). This story goes beautifuly with the Matthew reading - it is about all kinds of hospitality and about how hospitality grows hospitality in others. 

Film Clip: Chocolat 
(pictured at right) Show the priest's sermon right at the end of the film .

Discussion: On Chocolat

1. What should we be embracing?
2. What should we be creating?
3. Who should we be in
cluding?

Response Activity: Chocolat

After singing a serving song, give everybody a disposable white cup (or some other symbol of hospitality) and something to write with. Ask them to write their personal answers to the three Chocolat questions.

Film Clip: Babette's Feast 
(pictured at left) Heaps of clips from this film fit the bill for today's readings - in fact I have shown the whole thing interspersed with time for discussion, prayer, bible readings and dinner - that was the service.

Introductory Activity for The Psalm: Fried Eggs
Found in 40 devotions That Work With Youth by Geraldine Anderson (Ed.), JBCE, 1983, ISBN 0858194147, page 12 (pictured at right). This works just as well for adults as for teens and children.

Story: Whose Duty is It
Found in Illustrations, Stories and Quotes to Hang Your Message On by Jim Burns and Greg McKinnon, Gospel Light, 1997, ISBN 0830718834, page 155 (pictured at left)This story links in well with the gospel reading.


Poem: Old Gaelic Rune
Found in Imaging the Word Volume 2 by Susan A. Blain Sharon Iverson Glouwens, Catherine O'Callaghan, Grant Spradling (Eds.), United Church Press, 1995, ISBN 0829810331, page 233 (pictured at right). This poem fits well with the gospel reading. I found A Million Stars by Iona on their album, Open Sky (pictured at left), made great backing for this poem. 

NB: About using poetry in worship
Reading poetry, unless done very well, does not go down well in this day and age.  I always project the words with images and matching music and basically turn the poems into meditations. If there are copyright issues with the words, then still project images and play the music but read the words as a voice over. If there are copyright issues with the music, browse the Free Music Archive.  People respond well to these poem/meditations and they are often the most requested and talked about part of my services. They are the "worship of choice" for the young people in our congregations.

Poem and prayer: envoy
Found in Dad and Daughter by Ron Gordon and Jennie Gordon, 2012, ISBN 9780646586601, page 40 (pictured at left). These are based on the gospel reading.

Meditation: Meeting God
Found in He Was in the World by John L. Bell, Wild Goose Publications, 1995, ISBN 094798870X, page 64 (pictured at right)This goes with the Genesis reading and I will probably use just the bit that is relevant and save the whole meditation for another time.

Also


Reflect/Pray/Act: Lament on God's Steadfast Love
You will find useful ideas for reflecting, praying, and acting based on Psalm 13 which can be easily incorporated into a worship service on page 48 of Prayer: Heart of the Pilgrimage - Participants Book (part of the The Way of Pilgrimage series) by Jenny Youngman, Upper Room Books, 2007, ISBN 9780835898362 (pictured at left).

Drama: Guilty as Charged
Found in Mega Drama 2 by Verena Johnson (Ed.), Open Book, 2001, ISBN 085910916Xv2, 33. This drama is based on the Romans reading.





Friday, June 12, 2020

Proper 7 A (June 21): Deserts and Wells/Fear Not/Discipleship

















Bible Readings
: Genesis 21:8-21, Psalm 86:1-10, Romans 6:1b -11, Matthew 10: 24-39.


About the Images:

Upper Left: This is my photo with words from The Little Prince (see below). Please feel free to use this image for worship and related activities. 
Upper right: This is an Imagebank image (see my links column at left) with words from The Little Prince.
Middle Left: This is a microsoft free clipart background with my text.

MiddleRight: This is a free heartlight image - see my link column at left.
Lower Left:A free image from Heartlight - see my link column at left

Listening Song: God is In Control
By Twila Paris on her album, Beyond a Dream  (pictured at left) or on WOW 1996. This song goes very well with the Genesis reading.

Listening Song: You're Here
By Sixpence None the Richer on the album, City on a Hill, 2000 (pictured at right). This song goes very well with either the Genesis reading or the Gospel reading.


Kid's Story: The Very Worried Sparrow
By Meryl Doney, Anzea Publishers or Lion Publishing, 1978, ISBN 858920948 (pictured at left). This story is based on the Gospel reading.

Film Clip: The Incredibles
(pictured at right) Show the scene contained in the first 15 minutes where Mr Incredible is blamed for doing good. This fits in very well with the Gospel reading.

Discussion: On The Incredibles
1. When was Jesus treated in a similar way?
2. When were the disciples treated in a similar way?
3. When do we, as Christians, have to put up with similar treatment and what can/should we do about it?

Story: Names or Numbers

Marvin Rosenthal  tells about a mother who was asked by a census taker how may children she had. She said, "Well, there's Billy and Harry and Martha and--" "Never mind the names," the man interrupted. "Just give me the number!" The mother indignantly replied, "They haven't got numbers, they've all got names." Sorry, can't source this other than I think it may have come from a magazine.

Story: Bonhoeffer
The story of Bonoeffer's imprisonment and death fits very well with the cost of discipleship mentioned in the gospel.


Quote: The Little Prince
(pictured at left but there are so, so many editions of this wonderful little book that you will have not trouble finding it) "What makes the desert beautiful", said the Little Prince, is that somewhere it hides a well..." .... The Little Prince added: "But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart".

Discussion:
Brainstorm desert experiences and wells.
How do we find wells in our desert experiences?


Poem: The Candle

Found in The Electric Bible by Peter Dainty, Kevin Mayhew, 2003, ISBN 1844170441, page 78 (pictured at right).  The poem goes really well with the gospel reading.  I matched it with images and backed it with Dark Night of the Soul by Loreena McKennitt on her CD, Mask and Mirror.

Response Activity:
Give each person a small card with a desert and a well pictured on it. Ask people to write down a situation that can make their life a bit of a desert on the desert picture and then on the picture of the well, ask them to write something God has provided to help them survive. This links in with the Genesis reading.


Response Activity:
Give everyone a key tag and a choice of three pictures which you have pre-made to fit the key tags - I linked this with the Matthew reading so I had pictures of hair, candles and sparrows.   On the back I encouraged people to write: God cares for me. I encouraged people to attach these to personal items so as to remind themselves of God’s love and care.  I got the key tag idea for this from a children's activity in the Mediacom Whole people of God Beginners notes for 2002.  


Also:

Poem/Meditation: Songlines for Sarah and Hagar
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 24 (pictured at left). This goes well with the Genesis reading.


For Children and Families: God is Faithful
Found in Rewind by Beth Barnett, SU Victoria, 2011, ISBN987098710035, navigate from page 5 (pictured at right). This is based on the Psalm. 

Drama: BAP
Found in Mega Drama 2 by Verena Johnson (Ed.), Open Book, 2001, ISBN 085910916Xv2, page 60. This drama is based on the Romans reading.