Resources

Here’s where you can find some helpful items or examples or links to stuff that might be useful.


Preparations

This Example Worksheet is like the ones we use to understand what imagery exists in a passage for each of the different smarts and then to come up with possible illustrations and SFX. We use one of these for each passage we look at each week. This one is for Jeremiah 33:14-16 from our first episode.

And here’s a blank one for you to use! In a perfect world you should be able to type in the grid without having to print it.

Blank Worksheet


About the Smarts

You can listen to our Smart of the Week compilation here. This is a bonus episode where we briefly introduce each of the eight intelligences identified by Dr. Howard Gardner, giving you a definition, some ways the Smart is manifested in people’s lives and work, and how it has and can be used in the life and worship of the Church. These were originally segments included in various episodes, but we’ve put them all together in one place for your convenience.


Liturgical Elements

  • CHORAL READING – Here is a Psalm 29 Choral Reading from Year C, Baptism of the Lord. A basic choral reading arrangement often is not difficult to do yourself. Many of the psalms lend themselves to this sort of presentation. If you would like ideas on how to do it, leave a comment or send us an email.
  • OFFERING LITURGY – Deuteronomy 26 – the Old Testament passage for Lent 1, Year C – contains a liturgy for bringing the First Fruits offering. We came up with a Liturgy for the Offering based on this passage with an opportunity to include details specific to our own congregations’ history of salvation.
  • READERS THEATRE – This is a script for a Readers Theatre of Matthew 17, the Transfiguration of the Lord, Year A. It’s Readers Theatre Plus, because it has some movement and props, but those are optional. You need about 7 people for this. As you can see, turning a narrative passage into a Readers Theatre script is not very difficult. Just break out the parts! While it’s best to rehearse so the readers are comfortable with the presentation, you could probably pull this off with as little as half an hour’s preparation, depending on the age and cooperation of the readers. Have fun!
  • READERS THEATRE – Here is a Readers Theatre script for the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus in Luke 19 from Year C, Ordinary 31. Again, with bonus stage directions to enhance the experience.
  • SKIT/READERS THEATRE – Here’s a script for a Matthew 18:15-20 Skit from Year A, Ordinary 23, 2017 – Back to School!! about how members of Christ’s church should seek reconciliation. The movement of the actors brings out both the difficulties of reconciliation and the hope in the text, I think.

Original Songs

David has a quirky gift for writing quirky lyrics to other songs or rhythmic chants or raps. This is odd, because he doesn’t have a strong sense of rhythm. Nevertheless, sometimes these efforts work for preaching and worship. Here are a couple examples.


Other Folks’ Resources

  • The Reflectionary is a very creative blog with art, object lessons, craft projects, and insightful commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary passages. Definitely worth a look and a follow.
  • WingClips is a website where you can license and download movie clips for use as illustrations in sermons and other presentations. The clips are organized by theme, movie, scripture, and category. It’s several dollars per download (although there is some free material), but hey! this keeps it legal and ethical.
  • Craig Koester has written a very helpful article about Paul’s letter to the Galatians. It can be found using this link to the Luther Seminary page or you can go look for it with the annotation below. Highly recommended!
    • Texts in Context, Opportunity to Do Good: The Letter to the Galatians, Word & World Volume IX, Number 2 Spring, 1989.
  • Looking Into the Lectionary – Jill Duffield at The Presbyterian Outlook
  • Old Testament Lectionary – Anna Grant Henderson at Old Testament Lectionary 
  • another good Old Testament resource is Howard Wallace
  • Bill Loader Bill Loader’s Home Page. He’s emeritus professor of New Testament at Murdoch University near Perth, Western Australia.
  • Left Behind and Loving It – D. Mark Davis at Left Behind and Loving It – a lectionary blog worth your time.
  • The Lectionary Lab – The Rev. Dr.’s Delmer Chilton and John Fairless at The Lectionary Lab.  The “Two Bubbas” also have a podcast! The Lectionary Lab is no longer active, but there is still lots of great material there.
  • ..in the Meantime David Lose provides commentary on the lectionary.
  • Working Preacher – Commentary on the Revised Common Lectionary texts.
  • The Text This Week – All sorts of resources for the Revised Common Lectionary texts!