On Sunday night, our Youth Club turned parables and other Gospel passages into Text, Tweets, and Haiku.
Here’s a few of their best efforts at concise rendering:
HAIKU (Japanese poetry of 17 syllables)
He finds pearl very dear
Goes, sells everything to buy
Heaven is like this
Man tossed seed all round
On path, on rocks, in thorns. Large
Crop, good soil. Hear Word.
Mustard seed small – grows big
Pinch of yeast makes big bread loaf
Faith grows – heav’n on earth.
Lamp under basket?
secrets need to be broken
haves get, have nots lose
The Kingdom of God
Mustard seed is the smallest
shrubs house many birds
Wise men build on rock
Fools build on sand. Floods destroy
Men! Listen and act!
Five thousand gather
And feeding the lot of them
Jesus has done that!
Nets are cast for all.
Fishermen sort good from bad
As will the angels
Tiny seed. Add love,
water of life, becomes a tree.
Kingdom of heaven.
Why parables then?
"Cos some can't hear, some can't see
Unless Grace allows
Twitter Edition – Parable of the Hidden Treasure & the Pearl
@beet: Found treasure in a field
@root: what did you do with it? :o
@beet Bought the field!!! :D
The Next Day
@root: I found a pearl at the jewellers! It’s v expensive tho :(
@beet What are you going to do? :o
@root: sell my house 2 buy it. It’s v special :)
@beet @root Just like heaven!#
Tweets and Texts
Oh my gosh guys! Jesus has just been baptized by John in the Jordan River! Some voice came down from the sky man!
There one was a man called Piers,
He was deaf ‘cos he had no ears
Jesus came along
And touched the man’s tongue
So now he could listen to his dears.
How shall we get Jericho?
Hmmm… how about we make 7 people march round it in 4 days carrying trumpets?
Good idea! That should work. CU 2morrow.
Wonderful Counsellor/Prince of Peace
For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given
There is a Son! He will be mighty God forever
King of the world covering it in happiness and joy
Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down
Again, heaven is like a net
Heaven is like a net that was let down into a lake with all diff. fish
Heaven is like a net
A traveller was attacked and was left no money, clothes.
Pool of his blood.
Priest came, ignored the man
Levite came, did the same
Samaritan came, bandaged man’s wounds and took him to an inn.
Don’t put new wine in old skins – the skins burst and the wine is lost. The skins are destroyed. New wine goes in new skins and both last.
Seeds on path BIRDS! Seeds on rocks. Seeds in thorns choke. Seeds in good soil.
The devil takes path ones. Rocky ones fade. Thorny ones get lost in wealth. Hear, think!
Fieshermen set their nets, but pull up good and bad fish. They sort them, like angels the good from the wicked. The good are kept and the bad cast aside – as in heaven.
Lost coin. Tragedy! Looked for it. Swept into corners, swept again, kept looking. Found it! Part time (smiley face) God's like this when we are lost.