Saturday, April 14, 2018

Proper 7 B (June 24): Facing up to the Goliaths.


























Bible readings: 1 Samuel 17: 1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 or 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5,10-16, Psalm 9:9-20 or Psalm 133, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41.

About the Images:
Upper Left: This is a microsoft free clipart with my text from Ephesians 2:20 - part of one of the readings for the Uniting Church in Australia's anniversary on 22nd June.
Upper Right: This is my photo of a storm near Narooma on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia - it goes well with the gospel reading. Please feel free to use the image. To see more of this area please visit http://www.sapphirecoast.com.au/attractions.php
Middle Left: A free image from the Heartlight site - see my link column at left
Middle Right: A free image from the Church Galleries - see my link column at left
Lower Left:  A free image from Cerezo Barredo - see my link column at left. 

Listening Song: Who Am I?
by Casting Crowns on their album, Casting Crowns (pictured at left) or on WOW 2005.

Film Clip: Glosali
Glosali is a video clip for the song Glosali sung by the group Sigur Ros on their album, Takk. It is a beautiful picture of discipleship - the risks involved and what must be left behind. You can download the clip from the Sigur Ros website.
Kid's Story: The Mouse's Story
By Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen, Marshall Pickering, 1998, ISBN 0551015780 (pictured at left).

Kid's Story: The Boy With the Sling
By Mary Warren and Sally Mathews, Arch Books, 1965, ISBN 0859101975 (pictured at right).

Kid's Story: Alone - The Boy Who killed a Giant
Story No 20 in The Lion Book of Bible Stories and Prayers by Mary Batchelor, Lion Books, 1980, ISBN 0867602058.

Drama: What Are You Afraid Of?
Found in Mega Drama 4 by Verena Johnson, Open Book, 2002, ISBN 0859109186, page 55(pictured at left). This drama is based on the gospel reading.

Drama: The Big Wave
Found in Present on Earth by Wild Goose Worship Group, Wild Goose Publications, 2002, ISBN 0901557642,page 43 (pictured at right).This drama is also based on the gospel reading.


Drama: A Giant Problem
Found in Let's Make A Scene For... by Verena Johnson, Open Book Publishers, 1998, ISBN 0859108937, page 44 (pictured at left).This is based on the Old Testament reading.

Questions to Ponder: Based on the Gospel Reading
1. Which side of the lake are you on, the safe side or the other side?
2. Maybe you are on the way across and facing a few storms. Jesus invites each of us to cross to the other side with him. Where is he inviting you to be and what he is calling you to do for him?

Discussion Questions: On the 1 Samuel Reading
1. Name together some of the Goliaths we face in our personal lives, our churches and our communities.
2. What does God equip us with so that we can face these Goliaths with confidence and courage?

Response Activity: Question Cards
Give everyone a business card with a David and Goliath image in the corner or in washout and the following questions printed with enough room for people to write a short answer. I used Arial 11 and it all fitted well and was still quite readable for everybody.
1. Who or what is my Goliath?
2. What gifts, skills and talents has God given me to overcome my Goliath?
3. How does God's strength, calm, comfort and power help me to overcome my Goliath?

Response Activity: Boats
Found in Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 16 (pictured at left). You could use the questions above as the questions for this activity. If your church is within walking distance of a creek or river or dam and there is no danger of drowning any of the congregation, think about REALLY floating your boats - however if you do this, make sure you make your boats out of something other than paper such as twigs and flowers ie something biodegradable and environmentally sound which won't leave a mess. 

Also:

Meditation: Praise and Thanksgiving
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 25. This goes well with the Psalm

Meditation: The Storms of Life
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 68. This goes well with the gospel reading.


Meditation: The Peacemakers
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 89. This goes well with the Psalm 133 reading.

Kids: Jesus and the Storm
This is another brilliant book  by Andrew McDonough, Lost Sheep Resources, 2016. This goes with the Mark reading.  The great thing about these books is that they only around $A5 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.


Proper 6 B (June 17): Looking on the Inside





















Bible Readings: I Samuel 15:34 -16:13 or Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 20, 2 Corinthians 5:6-17, Mark 4:26-34

About the images:
Upper Left: A Norfolk Island lane just on sunset. I loved the way the light transformed the big old trees. It is my image so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Upper Right: One of my powerpoint slides from worship - please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Middle  Left: A modern day Bethlehem shepherd. This is my image so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Middle Right: The Allies song has a lovely line about how judging people on the outside is like sinking in sand. This is my image so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Lower Left: This is a free image from the Heartlight site - see my link column at left. 

Listening Song: Father of Lights
By Randy S
tonehill on his album, Thirst (pictured at right) .This song goes well with the gospel reading.

Listening Song: Looking on the Outside
By The Allies on their album, Shoulder to Shoulder
(pictured at left).This song is based on 1 Samuel 16:7.

Listening song: Into You
By Jennifer Knapp on her Lay It Down album (pictured at right) or on WOW 2001.  This song goes well with the 1 Samuel reading.

Film Clip: Legally Blond 
There are lots of clips in this film (pictured at left) relating to the 1 Samuel reading and the 1 Corinthians reading in respect to judging people on the inside instead of by what we think we see.
 
Film Clip: Swing Vote
When Bud and Molly think that Child Services have come to check up on them, they try to appear as religious as possible. This scene links in well with the 1 Samuel reading and I downloaded the film clip from those brilliant blokes at www.wingclips.com
(film cover pictured at right).

Film Clip Discussion: Swing Vote
1. Why do you think Bud and Molly think it will help to appear religious?
2. Are there times in our lives when we think it will help to appear religious?
3. What matters most?

Drama: The World V. Human Being
Found in Mega Drama 3, Open Book, 2002, ISBN 0859109178, page 14 (pictured at left). This goes well with the Corinthians reading.

Drama: Keeping Up Appearances
Man: Well, this suit looks OK on me. The tie – not to bright, not too sombre – just subtle enough to make me look the part. Think the whole outfit makes me look a bit thinner too – never a bad thing when you are making first impressions. This is an important meeting this afternoon. I’ve got to look the part.
Boy: I’m goin’t bust a gut if I do any more weights. But I just have to! At school last week, during gym class, everybody laughed at me when I stood next to Jack. He’s so big and muscular – and I’m so small and weedy.
Teenage girl: Oh no! More pimples!! I couldn’t look any uglier if I tried! The kids at school will call me crater face for sure. And these braces – they are so uncool.
Woman: I just hate having lunch with that woman. She’s perfect – clothes, makeup, hair, accessories, face – flawless! I feel big and fat and clumsy every time I’m near her.
Copyright: Ann Scull (please free to adapt and use).

Discussion Questions: Psalm 20
What promises do we find for us in this psalm?
What is its challenge?

Discussion Questions: 1 Samuel reading
What inner qualities do you hope people see shining out of you?

Interesting Thoughts: Seeing What Eyes Can't

Chapter 14 in When God Whispers Your Name by Max Lucado, Word, 1996, ISBN 0849913241 (pictured at right). This goes well with the psalm.

Joke: The Blind Date
Found in Hot Illustrations by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties, 1994, ISBN 0310402611, page 38 (pictured at left). This works well if you get somebody else - o
ther than the preacher - to do it and matches in well with the 1 Samuel reading.

Story: The Life Boat
Found in Hot Illustrations (as above), page 137. Be careful how you use this one - it can be handled badly. It is based on the 1 Samuel reading.

Story: Broken 
Found in Your Point Being...? by Graham H Twelftree, Monarch Books, 2003, ISBN 1854245929, story No 25 (pictured in an earlier blog). This goes well with the Corinthians reading.

Story: Appearance
Found in 750 Engaging Illustrations by Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal, Baker Books, 1993, ISBN 0801091551, Story No 20. This is based on the 1 Samuel reading.

Meditation/Prayer: Upside Down Heaven
By Roddy Hamilton and found on his Mucky Paws blog (see link above left) for 16th June 2006. This would present very well with some projected images and reflective music, however I have used it as a follow on to the response activity below. As people completed the activity they took a copy of the meditation and found a spot by themselves in our worship space where they could read it aloud - softly and to themselves and not "in sinc" with anybody else. With no other sound in the church but the whispering voices, it becomes quite beautiful and makes a sacred space.

Response Activity: Perfume (anointing)
Great idea linked with the Samuel reading found in Multi-Sensory Prayer by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2001, ISBN 1859994652, page 55. 

Also:
Confession: Mark 4:26-34
By Katherine J. Campbell and found in Before the Amen: Creative Resources for Worship by Marin C and Maria I Tirabassi (Eds), The Pilgrim Press, 2007, ISBN 9780829817508, page 103.

Sermon Ideas and Worship Aids: Bigger Than We Can Imagine
Linked to the gospel reading, these can be found in The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2009 edited by David N Mosser, Abingdon Press, 2008, ISBN 9780687651955, page 261 ff.
  
Lectionary Commentary and Worship Aids
Linked to the gospel reading, the Corinthians reading and the psalm, these can be found in The Abingdon Preaching Annual 2009 edited by David N Mosser, Abingdon Press, 2008, ISBN 9780687651955, page 198 ff.

Meditation: Growth II
Found in Meditations from the Iona Community by Ian Reid, Wild Goose Publications, Trowbridge, 1998, ISBN 1901557022, page 65. This goes well with the Ezekiel reading.