Plumb line (Proper 10C)

Amos 7:7-17

Based on the Bible reading, my first thought (every three years) is a plumb line would help one build a straight horizontal wall. However, a plumb line is a tool used to determine vertical straightness or uprightness. I think a “wall” like this might be an obelisk like the Washington Monument. As you read the passage, you may realize that Amos is to become the plumb line to the Northern Kingdom in an attempt to get them in line with God or the center of the earth.

You’re going to create your own obelisk. Imagine Amos is coming to warn you, what are the things you need to do in order to be in plumb with God? You can write these on your obelisk or create images to represent what you need to do.

Psalm 82

There are a few times in the Bible when God is seen among other gods: Genesis 1, Job and in Psalm 82. Here, God is criticizing their favoritism of the wicked. Use Psalm 82:3-4 to create a reminder of what you should do. Around the verses add images that represent the phrases to you.

Colossians 1:1-14

We’re going to play with darkness and light. Select or create an image of yourself and put it in the center of a piece of paper. In pencil sketch two lines to create a triangle or spotlight shape from the top of the paper all the way to the bottom. You’ll be erasing these lines later so draw lightly. Then taking a big black marker write outside of those lines the things that threaten to keep you in the power of darkness. Overlap the words so in the end they are unreadable. You should have an image of yourself in the spotlight.

Luke 10:25-37

This one is a little more advanced. We’re going to reflect on verse 27: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

Find images representing how you or other people love God with heart, soul, strength, and mind. You’re going to put them into four quadrants in one image. It might be easiest to divide a sheet of paper into four pieces so you can create each quadrant, trim away overlap and paste them back together onto a background. Then find images of people loving their neighbors as the Good Samaritan did. This time you’re going to create a heart-shaped piece of art. The easiest way to do that is to fold a piece of paper in half, trace a one-sided heart and then cut it out before adding the images. You may want to trim away the excess as you did with the quadrants or not. Then center the heart in the four quadrants. Then add the text as you see fit.

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