Puzzling Puzzles – Edition 5

This is week 5 of Puzzling Puzzles! Today, you have a Directional Cryptogrid, Quick Quiz, Quotedrop and a Rokudoku to complete. Each week the first person to submit the correct answers to all that weeks’ puzzles will win a box of chocolates or something equally exciting. There are 2 categories; Adults and Under 18’s.

Please submit answers to puzzles@bloginthelight.com – scans/photos of sheets or typed answers permitted – or return to Alex at Church on a Sunday.

Good luck! 🙂 The answers will be provided in 2 weeks’ time. (24th September 2017)


Here is a Rokudoku (Mini-Sudoku). Find the verses below in your Bibles then fill the grid with the respective number of that verse using the coordinates for each answer. This gives you your starting Rokudoku grid, which you then complete as normal. Each 3×2 box must contain the numbers 1-6. Additionally, each number may only appear once in any horizontal or vertical line.

For:  EH
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:__)

For: BJ, DH
I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 37:__)

For: AL, BI
He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:__)

For: DK, EJ
‘After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: ‘Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God’ (Revelation 19:__)

For: EI
If your grain offering is prepared on a griddle, it is to be made of the finest flour mixed with oil, and without yeast. (Leviticus 2:__)

For: CK, FG
God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:__)

Quick Quiz

  1. What was the title of this morning’s talk?
  2. List 3 of the good deeds that were shown in the video.
  3. What was the Bible verse that was mentioned from the Book of Proverbs?
  4. Which major Prophet book from the Old Testament is the Valley of Dry Bones vision found in?


Directional Cryptogrid


Below is an empty grid (except for punctuation), and above it a line of letters for each column of the grid. The letters in each column are not in the order they drop down into the grid. Drop the letters into their correct grid positions in their respective lines to spell out the Bible verse.

TIP: Start by placing the letters in columns that only have 1-2 letters and then work on words that are short in length.

WHO or WHAT inspires you, and WHY? – Children’s Talk

This Children’s Talk was written for the 5th Sunday After Trinity – Year A; 2017 – Note this talk does not correspond to the Lectionary readings for this Sunday.

I will link to additional resources in due course.

Readings utilized:
Deuteronomy 31:8
Proverbs 1:2-6
Mark 4: 30-34

Part 1

May I speak in the name of the Living God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

I would like you all to have a quick think about this question and tell the person next to you: WHO or WHAT inspires you and WHY?

Does anyone want to share with everyone?

Here are a couple of examples of who inspired me to be who I am today and why.

• The Vicar
 They is always there for you, whenever you may need them.
 They helps when I have questions
 They are a FRIEND

• A Youth Worker
 A friend
 A guide
 Someone who helps us to realize, and achieve your aspirations

I love the first few verses in the Book of Proverbs which explain exactly what an inspiring person could be. Let’s take a look at the verses.

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.
Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young.
Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance,
by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.

Proverbs 1:2-6

But there is someone else too who inspires me and I hope many of you.

• God!
 The one person that knows me! He knows me even better than I know myself.
 He never leaves you alone, even in times of weakness and when you are struggling.

There is a verse from Deuteronomy which really sums this up.

“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

The next part takes a look at the words of two songs, so let’s stand and worship by singing these two very meaningful songs; Amazing Grace and The Ink is Black, The Page is White.

Part 2

So we have looked and talked about who might inspire you, and have sung two songs. But let’s now take a quick look at the meanings of those songs.

Amazing Grace – Origins

  • Written by John Newton, based on his personal experiences.
  • This was in the Atlantic Slave trade.
  • 1748 a HUGE storm hit and everyone was fearing for their lives. He prayed and felt God’s presence and that marked his spiritual conversion.
  • Left slave trade in 1754 and started writing hymns.
  • Most well known is ‘Amazing Grace’ and was written to illustrate a talk on New Year’s day in 1773. `
  • Amazing Grace is essentially John Newton’s autobiography of his life story. How he was involved with the slave trade, met God and became a freer of slaves and campaigned for their freedom.

The Ink is Black, the Page is White – Origins

  • The song was inspired by the United States Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education Topeka, in the US State of Kansas in 1954 which that outlawed racial segregation of public schools.
  • The original lyrics of the song opened with this verse, in reference to the court: “Their robes were black, Their heads were white, The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight, Nine judges all set down their names, To end the years and years of shame.”

So how do these songs feed into our story and question for today?

The Parable of the Mustard Seed that we read earlier told us how the mustard seed grew into a big tree when it started out as the tiniest of seeds.

It is a big change to go from something so tiny to something as large as a big tree that you can shelter under and see from a long way off.

When Jesus used the mustard seed to explain to his disciples what the Kingdom would be like, he knew that they would be inspired by the changes that could happen in the world.

That is exactly like what happened with John Newton and the slave trade, and with the US Supreme Court decision in 1954.

Both were the starts of processes that changed generations of people to come. They were the INSPIRATION for their generations in starting to get equality for everyone.

Jesus was the inspiration for his generation. He inspired his disciples to grow like mustard seeds in their faith to go and tell the good news that He brought.

Those people that inspire us, whether that be God, your Parents, our Priest, Youth Worker, or our favourite athletes, they are our inspiration to grow like a mustard seed does.

So let’s all go out today, and leave here with the ambition to grow, inspired by whoever and whatever you have thought about today. And remember that God is with us all the time. Jesus could be our ultimate inspiration as to how we would like to grow.