for Epiphany 2015: Gifts of God

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After the busyness of the Christmas season, Epiphany comes as a breath of fresh air.  Winter continues, and we have a little time to breathe before Lent and Easter make our church lives busy again.  In the midst of our rest, we can reflect on gifts — not the gifts we sent and received for Christmas, but the gifts God offers each day.  The psalmists, in their songs of praise and lament, have given us a whole book of words for what God has done and continues to do.

The following are handwritten images suitable for use as bulletin covers — and designed to be colored!  Each highlights a verse from the psalm for the day, specifically one that names something God has given.  These bulletin covers offer a chance to engage with the gifts of God (via coloring, which is one of the best ways!) and with lectionary texts we may not normally notice.

Date Psalm Reading Gift of God
1/6/2015 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 deliverance to the needy (72:4)
1/11/2015 Psalm 29 strength to the people (29:11)
1/18/2015 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 wonderful knowledge (139:6)
1/25/2015 Psalm 62:5-12 salvation and a fortress (62:6)
2/1/2015 Psalm 111 redemption to the people (111:9)
2/8/2015 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c healing for the broken-hearted (147:3)

Make sure your sanctuary is stocked with coloring tools:  crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.  Quiet bags (if you have them) are a great place to start, but youth and adults who don’t normally grab them might feel a pull to color in these covers!  You may want to bundle 4-6 colored pencils in a rubber band and leave a pack in each pew to encourage more coloring.

If you use this idea, please snap photos of the results and post them in the comments or email to intaltworship@gmail.com !

(click-through to enlarge each image)

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