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 firstname.lastname@example.org !
(click-through to enlarge each image)