Rosalie Sugrue is a prolific producer of resources for small groups, children, worship services, women’s fellowships, and the like, and just recently sent us a list of some of the results of her labours, together with an invitation to contact her if you have a need for resources such as devotions, prayers, games, skits or Bible puzzles. In the meantime, here is her list of Resource Leaflets and Scripts already available from various sources, at very reasonable cost.
Rosalie Sugrue has provided some more resources for Disability Sunday, comprised of poems, prayers, and a children’s story written by her self and another Kiwi writer, Trish Harris, and included in a new book issued last year entitled A Child Laughs: Prayers for Peace and Justice.
Unfortunately we cannot include all the material here, but we can provide you with a pdf here.
A personal prayer/poem
THE CARRIER AND THE CARRIED
I don’t notice your disability anymore. …. It’s
just something you carry with you, she said.
I carry it with me
like a handbag
swinging loosely by my side
pick it up
put it down.
I never lose
and never replace.
I carry it on me
like a cotton shirt
on a summers day.
Wind easing its finger
between skin and fabric
billowing it out
pulling it too
playing at separation
but the buttons hold tight.
I carry it in me
by a river
always in flood.
I carry it through me
like the weight
of a name
for a child never born.
and an absence.
I carry it with me
and through me.
I am the carrier
and I am also
A blue tear
filled with gold.
Public Prayers (Approach)
We acknowledge that regardless of health,
attitude, appearance or status,
we are people marred by imperfections.
Grant us the strength to manage our infirmities
with wise caring, good humour, and gratitude.
Help us use whatever we have to become
more insightful to the conditions of humans,
and more attentive to matters spiritual.
Save us from falling victim to self-centredness
– a malaise that preys on the fit and the unfit
that left unchecked is more soul destroying
and more binding than any physical aberration.
In the loving of others may we find perfection. Amen.
A story for children of all ages
The Tiny Town of Tontevoc
The tiny town of Tontevoc nestled in a sunny valley beside a sparkling river. It was surrounded by green fields backed by snow capped mountains. Everyone lived in a warm house and no one went short of anything they needed. Instead of enjoying the good things they had the children of Tontevoc School were discontent. Each child thought some other child was more fortunate.
One child owned a pony and another had a magnificent tree house. There was a girl who could run like the wind. Her brother could sing like angel. Their cousins were exceptional at tennis. There were twins who looked alike and often argued. A boy who painted beautiful pictures lived with his grandmother. The family of four played boisterous games and got to sleep in bunks. The cleverest girl in the school wore thick glasses. Her sister was very pretty. One child lived in a grand house and had many toys. And, there was a boy who limped and had to use a crutch.
One day the Wise-woman of Tontevoc visited the school holding a bunch of floating balloons. … [See page 4 of the pdf file for more …]
by Joy Kingsbury-Aitken
A Children’s Story for Palm Sunday
In a small village like Bethphage the purchase of a donkey was a big event. Each harvest season old Caleb had gathered in the nuts from the almond tree that grew beside the doorway of his one room dwelling. For almost a decade he had put a few of the coins earned from the sale of these almonds into a clay money jar, which he had kept hidden out of sight of nosey tax collectors and inquisitive neighbours, until he had enough money saved to buy a donkey. His purchase was a young animal, a colt only just independent of its mother. The donkey appeared to have a placid temperament, seemingly unconcerned by all the attention it was generating. The village children in particular were excited by the donkey’s arrival in their midst. They chattered noisily as they gathered around the creature, patting its back, scratching behind its ears, and poking handfuls of grass towards it, which the donkey obligingly munched upon. Their excitement was mirrored by old Caleb’s, although he didn’t show it so audibly. At long last he would not need to struggle up the hillside, bent double by the weight of the bundle of willow sticks gathered from the valley floor, which he needed to carry up to Bethphage to fuel his cooking fire. In fact the donkey would be able to carry many more sticks than he could manage, so he would not need to go down into the valley and climb back up to his home so often. Then when the olives were harvested, he would not have to shoulder the baskets of ripe fruit to take to the oil press at Gethsemane, nor personally carry the jars of oil to the market place from there. The donkey was going to make a huge difference in his life. Living was going to become so much easier.
Access to Bill Wallace’s hymns and songs
Bill Wallace, one of New Zealand’s most published hymn writers, has just had virtually all of his hymns and other worship resources filed and cross-referenced for easy access and free downloading.
The Center for Progressive Christianity in the USA (Progressive Christianity) has recently placed on their website 5 interlinked thematic indexes of Bill Wallace’s material. They give access to the text, score and sound file of each of the 198 hymns, songs and chants on their website along with Bills 35 children’s songs in the collection Sing Young, Sing Joyfully. Reference is also made to the 36 different hymns which are in volumes 1 and 2 of Singing the Sacred, published by World Library Publications. In addition these indexes are linked with the website of the New Zealand Methodist Church which has additional Boundless Life hymns by Bill, together with Hymns for Aotearoa and the 49 hymns in his The Mystery Telling.
The collections on the American website are:
1) Boundless Life (hymns);
2) Celebrating Mystery (general worship resources, including hymns);
3) Festive Worship (resources for Christian festivals, including hymns);
4) Seasoned Celebration (worship resources with hymns for the seasons of nature); and
5) The Sing Young, Sing Joyfully collection of inclusive songs for children.
The worship resources include over 950 of Bill’s original sayings together with collects, poems, reflections and calls for action.
In addition, Bill’s Sacred Energy/ Mass of the Universe is now featured on the Web in three separate entries of either the text and melody line, or the score or the power point presentation.
To access these Bill’s worship resources, click resources at <progressivechristianity.org>, and then use the Search button (second from right in the blue banner at top of page) – select “keywords”, enter “William L Wallace” into the search engine, then click “Search”.. To access the Sacred Energy/Mass of the Universe files, follow the same procedure with “Sacred Energy” entered into the engine.
This week we have added two new prayers – one for children (ages 0-99+):
Dear God, you know what?
I reckon coming to church
is like a “come as you are party.” …
The other is for the dedication of the offering.
God of justice,
we have received so much from you,
and we gladly respond with the abundance of our giving. …
And – did you know that most of the websites from which we obtain these tid-bits also contain lots of other interesting liturgical elements? Check them out and add them to your list of favourite sources!
Linda Cowan has provided a retelling of the story of the healing of Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-14) for children, which she wrote in 2011. This is one of the lectionary readings set down for 3 July.
29 May – 5 June was Kids@Risk week. A PowerPoint presentation of a prayer and the music of a song by Malcolm Gordon, have been added to the Children’s resources page.