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Washing the Heart

Pentecost Proper 17 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Mark 7:1-8

Preparation: Bring a bowl of water, some soap, and a towel.

Do any of you like to play in the dirt or make mud pies? (Let children respond.) Dirt can be lots of fun. And if there is water nearby, you can make mud pies and build towers and channels for the water.

But if you’ve been playing outside in the dirt and you’re called in for supper,

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Dodging the Arrows

Pentecost Proper 16 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Eph. 6:10-20

Preparation: You might bring an arrow or a picture of a soldier’s shield and armor to illustrate your talk.

Do you sometimes hear about wars that are being fought in our world today? (Let children respond.) It’s always sad to hear that a war is going on somewhere, but wars have been fought for a long time. Even two thousand years ago, when Jesus was walking around here

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Wisdom Bread

Pentecost Proper 15 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Prov. 9:1-6, 10

Preparation: Bring a loaf of bread to distribute among the children. You may package it in a bag labeled “Wisdom Bread.

Can anyone tell me what “wisdom” means? Can you make wisdom? Can you give someone else wisdom? (Allow children to respond.) Let me read some verses to you from the Bible book of Proverbs:

Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven pillars. .

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Burnt Anger

Pentecost Proper 14 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Eph. 4:25-27

Preparation: Bring a clean cooking pot and a large spoon for pretending to stir. Also, if possible, bring along a pot that has a burned crust in the bottom.

I’ve brought something with me this morning. (Show the pot.) Can anyone tell me what this is used for? Do you have any of these in your kitchen? (Let children tell what pots are used for.) We cook food in

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