Having taken a few photos of our autumn grape vines on my iPhone a couple of days ago using Hipstamatic, I thought I'd turn them into Powerpoint slides for this Sunday's lectionary reading. You're welcome to use them for non-commercial purposes. They're 1024 x 768 pixel JPGs, so if your slides are 800 x 600 you'll need to downsize them. I used a "nice" font (Bickley Script) rather than something funky.... Click on each image for the full-size version, then right-click or control-click to download it.
How we have longed at times for a new spirit in the church! we have looked out across the valley and seen, not one instance of decay but a sea of skeletons
We too have felt the seeping away of life in all its fullness in solitude, we have acknowledged that our preaching, our teaching our prayers, our shepherding even our compassion | – have failed to bring life a message falling on deaf eyes, blind eyes, dry hearts
Is this how Jesus felt?
How often have we blamed others for their failure to hear or learn knowing deep within that the problem was not theirs alone?
if we are honest we may find this dryness within ourselves faith stretched thin hope in slow decay limited patience less generosity of spirit energy lagging
Can these bones yet live? … the bones of a brittle church … the bones of a crusty congregation? … the bones of a decaying disciple?
What might these bones represent for you this day? Bones take time to dry and decay. How has this lifelessness come about?
Would you seek a quick dressing-up, a respectable skin? Or the breath of Yahweh? Restored sinews and muscle. Hands that grasp and legs that leap. A pumping heart and eyes that truly see.
May we be a church that is not lifeless in the face of oppression May we be a church that is not voiceless in the face of injustice May we be a church which is not cold in the face of indifference May we be a church of pumping heart, of pulsing veins, a heaving lungs, of vibrant voice, of warming touch
Here's a clip I made sometime ago using a song by The Waterboys from the fabulopus album "Universal Hall" (buy it!) and some stock video clips that I purchased for the occasion. I've used it a couple of times recently.
There's some great stuff available in Australia for people who teach media-related stuff (I can't wait to getting back to teach it!). ATOM = Australian Teachers of Media. "Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) is an independent, non-profit, professional association promoting the study of media. The membership of ATOM primarily includes teachers and lecturers from across subject disciplines at all levels of education. The membership also includes media industry personnel, a range of media, education and government organisations and, increasingly, the general public interested in the media."
They produce a great magazine (Metro), study guides for films, access to free screenings of new movies for teachers, and more.
Today the announced study guides for iPad, presumably using the new iBook Author app. You can find out which films are available here. And the apps are free!
i've been very slack with posts, sorry. Quite a lot going on, actually. I will amend my ways as of this week. Anyway, I'm still hosting the "youthmultimedia" group on Yahoo, but have decided to start a Facebook group called "Multimedia in Ministry" as well. It's here. Feel free to follow.