A multitude of voices cry “Hosanna!” “Blessed is the One!”
A donkey whines, disciples call “Make way! Make way!”
Coins clang tumbling to the ground Tables crashing, feathers flapping
Voices raised in indignation A fierce rebuke, a temple shaking
Listen if you have ears!
A soft sigh of falling tears “Jerusalem, Jerusalem”
Fragrance splashing round his ears A woman’s praise, and angry men
The clink of bloody coins thirty pieces of silver
The chink of earthen cups A new covenant. A betrayal
Listen if you have ears!
Today we recall the events of the last week of Jesus’ life.
With sight and sound, touch and taste we enter the story again
Through symbol and sacrament, song and senses we invite it to lay claim upon us to open our hearts to the possibility of suffering love to expose our minds to the infinity of unconditional grace to free our hands to take up the yoke of costly service
Today we read texts from the Holy Week narrative accompanied by music and image and ask the Spirit to make that which is already true more real in our lives
Today we break bread and share the cup and ask the risen Christ to continue making us his body on earth
This story, this meal, are both declaration and promise of God’s saving intent – yesterday, today and forever.
Here are links to a range of worship resources that I've used in Holy Week at Uniting College plus the Interactive Easter events at Rosefield Uniting Church - some are original and some borrowed or adapted.
Rosefield Uniting Church's fifth Interactive Christmas event was held yesterday on a scorching 41 degree day in Adelaide. The extreme heat certainly reduced attendance, particularly of families with pre-schoolers, but it was still a great evening. We have a spectacular group of helpers who come out every year for this event.
For the second year we tried to have the first half-hour for families with young children, catering for our Playgroup and Mainly Music families. Celia did a great job. We had a great band and a humorous drama. But families with older kids turned up for this session, so we'll rejig it a bit it for next time.
This is from July 2015. The theme was about the Parable of the House on the Rock and about the foundations of home life.
1. Arrival Activity - We didn't have one for a change. I thought of a few but couldn't find one that I liked.
2. Video - We linked the theme with short clips from the movie "Despicable Me" so we started off with a couple of these to introduce the story.
3. Theme Introduction
In May our theme was “Family Matters” and we started to explore the theme of families. (Story of boy Jesus getting lost and going to the Temple.) Today we’re continuing that theme and asking about the foundations of our home life? What makes our family life, our home life, strong and what give it structure? So our theme is “House Rules” and we’re using the metaphor of building a house to think about what kind of family life we’re building.
4. Song - "Put On Love"
5. Prayer of Thanks - interactive prayer. What are we thankful for about our families?
6. Video - " Despicable Me" clip
What are some of the rules in your house?
Why do we have rules?
What is the difference between a rule and a habit?
Last night's Alive@5 was on the theme of "Welcome!". We have been working through a series on Parables of Jesus, and took a slight detour due to recent events in the news. The promotional image was meant to be somewhat ambiguous in terms of who is being welcomed and who is needing welcome.
We had several newcomers so it was good express welcome!
The program was as follows:
1. Arrival Activity We played the episode "Cats and Dogs" from the Aardman series "Creature Comforts" - the video is about dogs and cats being critical of each other.
1. Starry Christmas The activity involved decorating a Christmas star. We had little Christmassy peg gift tags with stars on them. The pegs were glued to a wooden chopstick with some ribbon trailing and then decorated with glitter and stuff. I don't have a photo.
2. Bright Christmas Our plenary session involved a drama with three not-very-wise people and live music with Kylie Brice.