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The Greatest

Can someone tell me, in the eyes of God, who of all these people is the greatest? Is the king the greatest? Is one of the dukes the greatest? (Wait for answers.) In the eyes of the Lord, the servant is greatest of all. I’d like for our servant to come up here to the top step to stand above everyone. (Have the servant come to the top step at the front of the church or provide a stool draped with a rich-looking cloth for the servant to step onto.) In God’s kingdom, the lowliest servant is the greatest.

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Wishbone

Pentecost Proper 25 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Mark 10:46-52

Preparation: Bring a wishbone to pull and break with one of the children.

What is this little thing I’m holding? Can someone tell me? (Hold up the wishbone and let the children explain what it is and what people do with it.) It’s a wishbone, isn’t it? Why is it called a wishbone? Two people take hold of the bone—one on either end—and they each make a wish.

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The Eye of a Needle

Pentecost Proper 23 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Mark 10:17-31

Preparation: Bring a large backpack stuffed with things. Place a chair at the front where everyone can see it. You (or a volunteer) will attempt to crawl under the chair—first with and then without the backpack. You should be able to do it when you remove the pack. Also bring a large needle.

Today I brought a big backpack stuffed full of things that I own. (Show the children

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Let the Children Come

Pentecost Proper 22 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: Mark 10:13-16

Preparation (optional): You may bring along a “welcome” mat or sign from your home.

Does anyone know what the word “welcome” means? You sometimes see the word on a mat in front of a door. Or you might see a sign along the road that reads “Welcome to Minnesota” or “Welcome to the Dew Drop Inn.” (You may pass around your own welcome sign.) A welcome sign is

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