Seventy Times Seven

For the 14th Sunday after Pentecost or Proper 19 (Lectionary 24) From “Saving the Ants”

Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud

Matt. 18:21-22 “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No!” Jesus replied to Peter, “Seventy times seven!” (NLT)

Preparation: Bring a large pad of paper and a fat marker.

Have you ever hurt another person? If you’ve either accidentally or purposefully stepped on someone’s foot, or pushed someone, or called your sister or brother a mean name, or made someone

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Find the Sheep!

Hurrah! We found the lost sheep. I am so happy. Do you know that Jesus is like that shepherd who went looking for the one lost sheep? Jesus wants everyone in the world to be a part of his flock. He wants everyone to know God’s love. It’s wonderful that some of us grow up in God’s family and have always known that God loves us. But there are lots of lost sheep out there, a lot of people who don’t know Jesus. And Jesus is looking for those lost sheep. He wants to rescue those sheep.

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Tongues of Fire

Pentecost Proper 19 From “Sitting on the Rainbow” Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference: James 3:1-6

Preparation: Bring a small match and, if possible, a picture of a forest fire or burned buildings.

Who can name some dangerous things—things to be careful of? (Let children give answers; help them if necessary.) Are tigers dangerous? Are lightning bolts dangerous? Some dangerous things are fairly large, and we can see they’re dangerous just by looking at them. But some very small things are dangerous, too. I

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