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Sweet Words

For the 11th Sunday after Pentecost or Proper 17 (Lectionary 22) (from Saving the Ants) Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Jer. 15:16 “[Your] words were found, and I ate them, and [your] words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart . . .” RSV and Rom. 12:21 “Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” NIV

Preparation: Pour a box of alphabet-shaped cereal into a bowl to distribute at the end of sermon, or prepare small bags

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Taking It Back

A Children’s Sermon on Gossip (from Barefoot in the Snow) Scripture References: Matt. 12:34-37 & Eph. 4:17—5:4 Preparation: Bring a large tube of toothpaste, a bowl, and a towel.

We’re going to try to do something this morning that might be a little bit difficult, and I’m going to need a few volunteers to help me. My volunteers can come right up to the front here. I’m going to divide you into two groups: the squeezers and the stuffers. I have brought a tube of

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Sweet Chariot

A Children’s Sermon on Sadness (from Barefoot in the Snow) Biblical Reference: 2 Kings 2:1-12 Preparation: Bring an illustration or a short video clip of a chariot for reference.

Does anyone know what a chariot is? Can you describe it to me? (Let children offer answers.) It’s a two-wheeled cart that a horse pulls. The driver stands at the front of the chariot holding onto the reins to guide the horse. In Old Testament times, riding horseback or driving a chariot were the fastest ways

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Beautiful Feet

Reference: Romans 10:5-15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Preparation: Make award ribbons with foot-shaped medallions or medals with footprints on them to hang around each child’s neck. Assemble a small panel of “judges” prior to the sermon.

This morning, I thought we could have a beauty contest. This will be different from most beauty contests because we’re not going to be looking at faces or hair or how gracefully you walk. We are going to look at feet. Is

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