Potter (Proper 18C)

Jeremiah 18:1-11
I want to do this a little different. First, write down what you know of the image of God as a potter reshaping us on the left side of a sheet of paper. Second, read the passage and indicate if your understanding was correct or not on the right side. Turn the sheet of paper over and read the passage slowly while writing down any phrases that stick out to you in various colors and sizes while filling the entire space. Then fold the paper in half and cut the shape of a vase out of it.

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
We’re going to focus on verse 14 as the second part of a project that uses your vase from Jeremiah 18. Draw or collage how you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” onto a piece of paper. Add phrases to describe it if you can’t find pictures to represent the characteristic. If you have the materials, create a colored wash over the background. After that, paste the vase in place. Add part of verse 14 if you’d ilke.

Philemon 1:1-1:21
Onesimus was a slave who ran from his master and somehow found Paul in prison. The letter doesn’t say if he was also in prison or was a visitor, but what we do know is he was transformed through his friendship with Paul from a slave into a beloved brother in Christ. Find a “mug shot” style photo of yourself – school photo, driver’s license, etc., and enlarge it to almost fill a piece of paper. Don’t worry about the quality and print it out in black and white. You’re then going to take colored pens and write a thank you letter on top of the image to someone who has been a positive influence on your life.

Luke 14:25-33
In the passage, Jesus refers to someone figuring out if they can afford to complete the building of a tower before they lay a foundation. He’s warning people that to truly follow him means you have to be ready to give everything up. Few at the beginning of their faith journey would say they could since their faith is so new to them. Today, we’re going to plan the building of that tower.
Begin by drawing the tower’s foundation while thinking of  your faith foundation – this could be a Sunday school teacher or someone who invited you to church after you’d been gone for a long time. Continue to add layers of people, classes or books that formed your faith while thinking of the influence they had on you.
When your tower is complete, you have to consider if you’re ready to go forward with Jesus, which may mean leaving all of your tower behind. Set your tower aside for a day and let that question run through your head for a day. Then return to the image and include yourself on top of the tower not quite ready to begin your leap of faith, looking up at the tower still building your faith, or leaping from the tower with a parachute as you take a leap of faith.

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