Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Proper 14 A (August 9): Risky Faith

Bible readings: 
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 or 1 Kings 19:9-18 , Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b, Romans 10:5-10, Matthew 14:22-33 

About the images:
Upper Left: This is my image with the biblical text. The image can be used for worship and related activities. The photo was taken at Narooma on the southern coast of New South Wales, Australia. For more info on this area go to,_New_South_Wales.
Upper Right: This is a free clipart from Cerrezo Barredo.  You can find a link to this site at the left in my Links column.

Middle Left: This is a free Heartlight image.  See my link column at left.
Middle Right: This is a free Hermano Leon image.  See my link column at left. 
Lower Left: this is a free image from the Heartlight site - see my link column to the left. 

Listening Song: Deep Water
(pictured at left) By Serene and Pearl on their album, Crazy Stories. This song goes very well with the Gospel reading.

Kid's Story: Miracles by the Sea
By Catherine Store and Chris Molan, Methuen Australia, 1983 (pictured at right).

Kid's Story: Joseph the Favourite                   
Found in The Picture Strip Bible by Felicity Henderson and Chris Saunderson, Scripture Union, 2001, ISBN 18599964970, page 18 (pictured at left).

Film Clip: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
(pictured at right) Show the scene near the end of the movie where Indiana Jones has to step out in faith trusting that the bridge, that he cannot actually see, is there.

Discussion: On Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
1. What does this clip teach us about risk and faith?
2. What does the gospel reading teach us about risk and faith?

Drama: A Midsummer Canaanight's Dream
Found at This drama is based on the Genesis reading.

Drama: Joseph and his Brothers
Joseph: Hey, guys! Guess what? I had another one of those dreams last night. It was so cool - well, actually I was so cool. I was the star of the whole show - and famous! It was unreal. Woh, I am just so excellent!
1: You little pain.
2: You never stop, do you? 
3: You are just so full of yourself. 
4: Go play with your toys and leave us alone.
5: Hey, hang on a minute! You've been dobbing on us again too, haven't you? 
2: Yeah, Dad got stuck into us for not watching the sheep properly again. 
3: And who'd be the one to tell him, eh?
Joseph: But, I've seen you. You just hang around checking out all the girls. I have every right to tell him if you're not doing your job properly. At least I'm a responsible good son.
4: That'll be the day.
5: Come on then and get your hands dirty for a change - do an honest days work.
Joseph: Oh well actually I can't today. New coat , ya see. I might get it all dirty and sheepy.
1: It's a Billabong (or insert current famous desired-for name brand)!
3: How'd you score yourself a Billabong?
4: All we get is each other's hand me downs.
5: By the time they've gone through six or so of us they're wrecked. 
1: How come Dad gets you all the name brand stuff, anyway?
2: You spoilt little brat. 
4: Daddy's boy!
5: You're such a show-off. 
1: Come on, leave him alone. There's work to do for the real men!
Later, out in the paddocks with the sheep- all put on Akubra's:
2: (shading eyes) Hey, get a load of this. Here comes the hero, the dreamer.
3: (shading eyes) You could spot that coat from a mile away. 
5: I bet the old man's sent him out to check up on us.
1: You know what? - this is the perfect chance to get rid of him once and for all. 
2: How? ( a bit thick)
1: If we kill him and throw him into one of those pits over there we could easily con everybody into thinking a wild animal got him on the way out here. 
3: And nobody'd be any the wiser. 
4: Hang on a minute, let's not get too carried away. Just chuck him in the pit and leave him there.
Joseph arrives.
All: Right grab him! Grab him! Get his coat! Get his coat! Heave!
Throw Joseph into the pit.
2: Sweet dreams, Joe baby. Now let's have some lunch. 
3: Hey, what's that over there in the distance? 
4: It's just a truck convoy. 
5: You know what, we could make some big bucks out of this situation. 
2: How?( a bit thick)
5: Those truckies are always after workers, no names, no papers. Wink,wink, nudge, nudge. Let's sell Joseph to them! 
3: It'd be better than killing him - after all, he is our brother even if he is a pain. 
4: And we'd be a little more financial.
1: Excellent!
All: Yeah.
Copyright: Ann Scull. Change wording as you think it fits with your congregation and culture.

Story: Cash the Cheque
Found in Index 3118 from Bible Illustrator for Windows Version 1.0d, Parsons Technology Inc., 1990 or This story is based on the Romans reading.

Poem and prayer: walking on water
Found in Dad and Daughter by Ron Gordon and Jennie Gordon, 2012, ISBN 9780646586601, page 48 (pictured at left). These are based on the gospel reading.

Response Activity: Meditation on the Gospel
Where do I feel that God is asking me to "get out of the boat" right now: the work that I do
b. in my family or in my relationships
c. in my spiritual life with God
d. something else.

Also (but not road tested):

Listening Song: Call My Name                               By Third Day on their album, Revelation (pictured at left) or on the album WOW 2009. This song goes very well with the Romans reading. 

Poem: Joseph the Dreamer
Found in The Electric Bible by Peter Dainty, Kevin Mayhew, 2003, ISBN 1844170411, page 30 (pictured at right).

Kids Talk: In a Hole
Found in Life Plus Ideas For Worship, JBCE 1996, ISBN 1864071079page15 (pictured at left).

Discussion: Favouritism
Found in Life Application Family Devotions by Len Woods, Tyndale House, 1997 ISBN 0842337504, page 105 (pictured at right).

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.

Drama: Stiller of Storms
Found in Mega Drama 2 by Verena Johnson (editor), Open Book Publishers, 2001 ISBN 085910916X, page 77.  Based on the Matthew reading. 

Poem: It is the fullness of time
Found in In Due Season by Herbert F Brokering, Augsburg Publishing, 1966 (pictured at right) in the Autumn section and based on the Romans reading.

Sermon ideas: Have You Tried walking On Water
Found in Life on the Road by Athol Gill, Herald Press, 1992, page 274.  This is based on the Gospel reading. 

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