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July 2024

What a Dog Teaches Us About God

This past summer, one of the members of our congregation at West Tokyo Union Church passed away. He was an unusual member, but he ran to church every Sunday and waited outside in the courtyard next to his water bowl until the service was over. Snack time often spilled over into the courtyard and Bjorn was always there to opportunistically clean up any leftover treats. He knew the value of a vigorous post-prandial roll in the grass and he was often joined by the children

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Good Creativity

I drew another picture here, and this picture tries to show how my family makes me feel and how I feel about them. (Show picture and talk about it.) I can use these pens and paper to make bad things or good things. In the same way, each one of us can use our lives to make good or bad things.

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Creative Control

Jesus Walks on the Water Proper 14, Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary Artwork by Elsa Ingulsrud Scripture Reference:Â Matthew 14:22-33 Preparation: bring some art supplies with you; ideally some modeling clay, but a pad of paper and some markers would work as well. Would anyone like to volunteer to be our artist this morning and create something? I am going to ask my artist to draw something that you think might be frightening to someone else. (Pick a volunteer artist and let

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Wonderfully Made

For the Second Sunday after Epiphany From “Sitting on the Rainbow”

Scripture Reference:Â Psalm 139:13-16

Preparation: Bring an ink pad and small squares of smooth, white paper for making children’s fingerprints; or you may use your own pre-made thumbprints to hand out. You may also bring magnifying glasses to help the children study their fingerprints.

The Psalm for today is beautiful. Psalm 139, verses 13 and 14 read, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s

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