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Give It Away

I have here a penny. This is my penny. And I have one penny for each of you. (Hold out other pennies and hand one to each child.) Now if I told you that I really loved this penny, and that I had a special place for it to sit at my house, and that I held my penny every day and sang to it and kissed it, what would you think about that? (Kids may respond.) That would be pretty weird, wouldn’t it? I shouldn’t be spending my love on a penny.

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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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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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