Sunday, May 22, 2016

Proper 4 C (May 29):

 



 
Bible readings: 1 Kings 18: 20-39, Psalm 96, Galatians 1:1-12, Luke 7:1-10


About the Images:
Upper left and right: These free images comes from Heartlight - please see my link column at left.
Lower left: These free images comes from Imagebank - see my link column at left.
Lower right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which was decimated by hackers last year. At present it is possible to buy these images very cheaply - however this particular one is free on the site this week.  Well worth the subscription!!! Visit the website at www.churchgalleries.com


Service Starter: Power to Amaze.
By Scripture Union, The All Age Service Annual, Volume 4, Scripture Union, London, 2010,  ISBN 9781844275199, page 61 (pictured at left).   This service starter is based on the Kings reading. 

Call to Worship: Praise Him All Creation
By Terry Falla (Ed.), Be Our Freedom, Lord, Lutheran Publishing House, Adelaide, 1981, ISBN 0859101754, page 22 (pictured at right - this is a slightly newer edition).  This call to worship is based on the Psalm.




Lots of Useful Stuff: Please
By Beth Barnett, Welcome Mat, Scripture Union, Melbourne, Pages 72-77, 112-114, 129, 163 (a drama) and 182-188 (pictured at left).  These useful worship aids are all based on the gospel reading. 

Kids' Story: The Water That Caught On Fire
By Joann Scheck and Bob Fanter, Arch Books, St Louis, Missouri, 1969 (pictured below at right). This is based on the 1 Kings reading and is an oldie but a goodie.


Drama: One Under Authority
Found in Mega Drama 5 by Verena Johnson (Ed), Adelaide, Open Book Publishers, Adelaide, 2002, ISBN 0859109194, page 28-30 (pictured at left).  This drama is based on the gospel reading.


Drama: The Faith of the Centurion
Found in Mega Drama 5 by Verena Johnson (Ed), Adelaide, Open Book Publishers, Adelaide, 2002, ISBN 0859109194, page 31-33 (pictured at left).  This drama is based on the gospel reading.


Film Clip: Look Beyond Borders: Four minutes by Amnesty International Poland
I think this goes well with the gospel reading in particular


 


Questions to Think About: Elijah on Mount Carmel
By Sue Wallace, Multi-Sensory Scripture, Scripture Union, Bletchley, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 74 (pictured at right).

Poem: Sing a New Song
This poem is based on the Psalm and found in The Electric Bible by Peter Dainty, Kevin Mayhew, Suffolk, 2003, ISBN 1844170411, page 66.  

Poem: The Prophets of God
This poem is based on the 1 Kings reading and found in The Electric Bible by Peter Dainty, Kevin Mayhew, Suffolk, 2003, ISBN 1844170411, page 51ff. 


Poem: Go No Further
Also a great prayer and collect based on the gospel reading included on the same page.  Found in Dad and Daughter by Ron Gordon and Jennie Gordon, 2012, ISBN 9780646586601, page 159. To order a copy of this excellent book email jennie.gordon@billanook.vic.edu.au



Response Activity: Love the Reaches Beyond Human Boundaries
Found in Bringing the Word To Life Together: Year C by Andrew Collis and Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Mediacom, Adelaide, 2012, ISBN 9781921945083, page 90.  This is based on the gospel reading.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Trinity C (May 22): You ARE Worth it!!!


 


 


















Readings: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-6, John 16:12-15


About the Images: 
Upper Left: This is a free clip art from the excellent as always Heartlight site (use my link to this site in my Link section)
Upper Right: This is my photo on my homemade handout - see response activity below.
Lower Left: This is my photo of the beach at Lake Tyers in East Gippsland.  Please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.  It reminded me of the closeness of God to us even when we do not know it.
Lower Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which was decimated by hackers last year. At present it is possible to buy these images very cheaply - however this particular one is free on the site this week.  Well worth the subscription!!! Visit the website at www.churchgalleries.com


Listening Song: I Am 
By Jill Phillips on her self titled album and on WOW 2000. (pictured at left).  This is a beautiful song and I have suggested before, and most likely, will do so again.

Film Clip: Forrest Gump
(pictured at right) 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.


Video Clip: The Triune Poet
From Work of the People - see my link column at left.




Drama: I Quit
Found in Lets make Another Scene by Verena Johnson, Open Book, 1995, ISBN 0859107620, page 24 (pictured at left).  This drama is based on the Romans reading.

Comic Strip: Just be Yourself

Found in Micro Messages by Rich Bundschuh and Tom Finley, Gospel Light, 1995, ISBN 08307 15789, page 131 (pictured at rght).This is very much connected to the Psalm but it is also connected to all the readings.  A new look at Mr Potoato Head!

Quote: St Augustine
"People travel everywhere to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the length of rivers, at the vastness of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars in the night sky - and yet they pass by themselves without wondering." 



Story: Major League Grace
Found in In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado, Word Publishing, 1996, ISBN 0849913241, page 89, (pictured at left). This can be turned into a "what if" story for any popular sporting code.


Discussion: Romans 5:1-5 and/or Psalm 8
 What is it in these verses which convinces you that God thinks you are worth it?

Response Activity:
The Romans reading shows us that God gifts us with peace, joy, hope and love. Ask people to choose the one that they find easiest to understand and to accept. Ask them to discuss with their neighbour how they might share this aspect of God's character with others within the church, and within the community at large.


Response Activity:

Give each person a bookmark or card similar to the one above (permission to copy given) and ask them to circle the gift they need most now and to write their response in the space.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Pentecost C (May 15): Contagious Christianity/Inspired by the Spirit


 


























Bible Readings: Acts 2:1-21, Genesis 11:1-9, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:14-17, John 14:8-17, 25-27.

About the Photos:
Upper Left:
This photo was taken by good friend David Husted when he was taken hot air ballooning over Melbourne by his kids for his 60th birthday. Balloons have always been a symbol for me of the Holy Spirit. Just as a balloon filled with air shows great promise so do we when we are filled with God's Spirit. Hot air balloons, flames and all, over a city are a sign of promise and challenge. Please feel free to use this image for worship and related activities.
Upper Right:
This image is free and come from the excellent ImageBank site (see their address in my Links section).
Lower Left: This is my image so please feel free to use it for worship and related activities.
Lower Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which was decimated by hackers last year. At present it is possible to buy these images very cheaply - however this particular one is free on the site this week.  Well worth the subscription!!! Visit the website at www.churchgalleries.com


Whole Service Idea: Spread it Around
Found in Multi-Sensory Seasons by Wendy Raynor and Annie Slade, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271757, page 47 (pictured at left). These ideas are based primarily on the Acts reading.



Listening Song: Hands and Feet By Audio Adenalin on WOW 2001 or their album, Underdog (pictured at right). This works well with the Romans reading.

Listening Song: Holy Spirit
By Third Day on their self titled album (pictured at left).  This is a song that goes well with the whole theme of Pentecost.

Listening Song: Burning like Fire.  

By Iona on their album Beyond these Shores (pictured at right).  This also goes well with the whole theme of Pentecost and if you are into Celtic music, then this song is an added bonus. 

Prayer: Feathers
 
In Multi-Sensory Scripture by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2005, ISBN 1844271668, page 34 (pictured at left). This prayer is based primarily on the Acts reading.

Drama: Verbal Symphony for Pentecost

 By M Preugschat in Drama Resources 2 by Lutheran Publishing House, 2000, page 55 (pictured at right). This drama is so much fun.  I turned it into a congregational drama - and everybody participated with great delight.

Drama: But It's Only 9 O'clock.
Found in Mega Drama 5 by Verena Johnson (Ed), Open Book, 2002, ISBN 0859109194, page 109 (pictured at left). This drama is based on the Acts reading.

Quote: Hitler
Hitler used fear to drive his attack on Europe. He said "If the Jews did not exist we would have had to invent them" . 



Film: The Legend of Bagger Vance 
Show this clip where Bagger Vance teaches Junuh how to find his "one truly authentic swing".






Discussion: The Legend of Bagger Vance
 

1. What do you think our "one truly authentic swing" could be?
2
. If Bagger Vance represents the Holy Spirit, how does the Holy Spirit help us to find our "one truly authentic swing"?
3. Have you found your "one truly authentic swing"?

(thanks to someone for this idea - unfortunately I can't remember who - let me know if you know).

Film: Dead Poets Society

Use your discretion as to how much you show of this clip depending on the age and emotional resilience of your congregation. Show the clip prior to the student's suicide when the student, who is a talented actor, is stopped from realising his dreams by his father who thinks that acting is a waste of time. The student tries to explain his fear of a future which does not include acting and which will therefore be devoid of the things that he loves doing best.

Discussion:
What sort of things do we fear today?
What sort of things do we fear for our church?
What sort of things do we fear for ourselves? 



Film Clip: Spirit Wind
From Work of the People- see my link column at left



   
   
   
   
   
   
   


Story: Your Own Experience
Display digitally or have with you some of the more fear evoking headlines which we often see today or relate an experience you have had recently where you came across actions taken by others as a result of fear. eg on our last trip to Tasmania we were intrigued by the official who wanted to look under the bonnet of our car as we waited to drive on to the ferry at Port Melbourne. We were quite amused when he told us he was looking for bombs.... until we realised he was fair dinkum. 


Story: The Big Rock
Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties, 1994, ISBN 0310402611, page 36.


Response Activity:

Give everyone a sparkler. Light the front row and allow people to touch the ends to light others. Use them as a reminder of the first Pentecost (fire and wind) - they fire up best when they are waved about.....but please be careful!



Also:
Film Clip: The Fear
This film clip was suggested by Rob who visits this blog.  He says the clip "encapsulates how virtually an entire generation often feel. Also, the lyrics are genuinely intelligent and thought-provoking" and "the lyrics to The Fear are here, in case anyone can't make them out clearly - http://www.musicloversgroup.com/lily-allen-the-fear-lyrics-and-video/"
Thanks Rob!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Easter 7 C (May 8):Freedom/United but Not Homogenous

 

 



















Bible Readings: Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97, Revelation 22:12-14, 126-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26

About the Images:
Upper Left: This is free clipart from Heartlight - their address is in the column to the left.
Upper Right: This is my image. Please feel free to use it for worship purposes.

Lower Left: This is an Imagebank free clip art - see my link column at left
Lower Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which was decimated by hackers last year. At present it is possible to buy these images very cheaply - however this particular one is free on the site this week.  Well worth the subscription!!! Visit the website at www.churchgalleries.com


Bible Reading: Psalm 97
This Psalm lends itself well to being read aloud accompanied by relevant projected images.

Bible Reading: John 17:20-23
Read these verses together replacing the words "these followers" with the name of your congregation the first time and thereafter with the words "this congregation".

Kid's Story: The Jailor Who Changed His Mind
By Carol Granger and Jim Roberts, Arch Books, 1971 (pictured at right).

Introductory Activity/Discussion:

Give everybody a blue card and an orange card. Make a series of statements - some very straightforward such as "You have blue eyes" and some more complicated , such as, " you do not a agree with......." (fill in with a recent political or denominational decision). Get them to hold up the blue card if they agree with the statement and get them to hold up the orange card if they disagree. Encourage them to look around as each statement is read out so that they
see the amazing diversity which makes up any congregation. Then ask them to talk together about or to make a list of all the things that Christians agree on. Finish with a question about ways we can achieve unity within a congregation.



Film Clip: Jesus  Said These Things
By the Work of the People - see my link column at left






Listening Song: One
By U2 ...I got this idea from Singing From the Lectionary (see link at left) and then went looking on the web and found this:








Drama: Six People in One Pew 
Found in Gospel Dramas by Dean Nadasdym Ausburg Publishing, 1985, ISBN 0806621850, page 79 (pictured at left). This play is based on the gospel reading.


Drama: A Man Named Paul 
Found in Mega Drama 5 by Verena Johnson (Ed), Open Book, 2002, ISBN 0859109194, page 66 (pictured at right). This drama is based on the Acts reading.

Story: Testimony
Story No 266 in Your Point Being...? by Graham Twelftree, Monarch Books, 2003, ISBN 1854245929, (pictured at left.) This story fits in very well with the Jailer's question in the Acts reading.

Story: The One Only A Mother Could Love
By John Wilmot and found in the magazine, On Being, June 1997. This story goes well with the Gospel reading.

Story: The Hermit's Gift.

Found in Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties, 1994, ISBN 0310402611, page 112 (pictured at right). This story fits well with the Gospel reading. 

Responsive Reading: Ring of Faith 
By Ruth Bell and found on the Mucky Paws site (see address at left in my links section) archived under 20th May 2007.  This is a lovely 5 part voice reading connected to the theme of Freedom via the Acts reading.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Easter 6 C (May 1) : No Fear/About face!

































Bible Readings: Acts 16:9-15, Psalm 67, Revelation 21:10, 22 - 22:5, John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9.

About the images:
Upper Left:
This is my image taken on the Gordon River, a world heritage area on the west coat of Tasmania - the beautiful island state south of mainland Australia. If you want to know more about this area please visit http://www.discovertasmania.com
Upper Right: This is my image also. Note how the two small boys on the ride - one in the middle, one near the back - both instinctively lean into their fathers for protection and/or comfort.  Please feel free to use both these images for worship and related activities.

Lower Left: This is an Hermano Leon free clip art - see my link column at left
Lower Right: This image comes from the awesome Church Galleries website which was decimated by hackers last year. At present it is possible to buy these images very cheaply - however this particular one is free on the site this week.  Well worth the subscription!!! Visit the website at www.churchgalleries.com





Film Clip: Psalm 67





Listening Song: Psalm 67
By Sons of Korah on their album, Resurrection (pictured at right).

Listening Song: Song of David (Psalm67)
By Maire Brennan on her album, Perfect Time (pictured at left).
 


Listening Song: Breathe
By Sixpence None the Richer on their album, The Best of Sixpence None the Richer (pictured at right).
 


Film Clip: Shawshank Redemption
(pictured at left) The scene where Red first meets Andy in the prison yard and in a voice over tells us that Andy seems to have a an invisible coat (or peace?) which enables him to withstand the rigours of prison life. At about the 28 minute mark depending on whether you are using a DVD or video.


Questions on the Film Clip:
How can we be like Andy?
How is or can God be an invisible coat for us?


Drama: Do You Promise
Found in Mega Drama 5 by Verena Johnson (Ed), Open Book, 2002, ISBN 0859109194, page 52 (pictured at right). This drama is based on the John 14 reading.


Illustration: The Holy Spirit
Found in Living Stones: The All Age Resource for the Common Worship Lectionary Year C by Susan Sayers, Kevin Mayhew Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1840030097, page 110 (pictured at left). This all-age talk is a great reflection on the Acts reading.
Story: The Holy Spirit
Found in Your Point Being? by Graham H. Twelftree, Monarch Books, 2003, ISBN 1854245929, story No. 134 (pictured at right). This story goes well with the Acts reading.
Story: Obedience
S tory 463 in 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers and Writers by Craig Brian Larson and Leadership Journal, Baker Books, 2002, ISBN 0801091551. This story goes very well with the John 14 reading.

Response Activity: The Holy Spirit
Display a list of words and phrases which describe the Holy Spirit (based on the John 14 reading). Ask people to select the one that they think is most useful to them right now and then talk about it with a neighbour.

Response Activity: Preparing For Worship
I know this sounds like a bit of a contradiction but I think this little exercise, although well suited to the start of worship, also could introduce a time of contemplation in response to the John 14 reading or sermon or whatever. Found in
Multi-Sensory Prayer by Sue Wallace, Scripture Union, 2001, ISBN 1859994652, page 55.

Also:
Poem: Shalom
Also a great prayer and collect based on the gospel reading included on the same page.  Found in Dad and Daughter by Ron Gordon and Jennie Gordon, 2012, ISBN 9780646586601, page 155.



Response Activity: Who Do You See
Found in Bringing the Word To Life Together: Year C by Andrew Collis and Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Mediacom, Adelaide, 2012, ISBN 9781921945083, page 77ff. This works well with the gospel reading.  



Lots of Useful Stuff
Found in The Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual 2016 by Jenee Woodard (Ed.), Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2015, page 92ff. These ideas are based on all of the readings.