September 28th, 2014 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday:  16th Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32
Psalm 25:1–9
Philippians 2:1–13
Matthew 21:23–32

Dollar Store Item: 24 piece puzzle

The Take Away:  We aren’t all the same, but we come together to make the picture of Christ in the world.




Narrative Lectionary – Rescue at Sea

Exodus 14:10-14
(Optional – Matt 2:13-15)

Dollar Store Item:  Magic Grow Capsules

The Take Away:  In the waters of baptism, God frees us.






September 21th, 2014 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday:  15th Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Jonah 3:10—4:11
Psalm 145:1–8
Philippians 1:21–30
Matthew 20:1–16

Dollar Store Item:  Fake Mustaches

The Take Away: God’s grace is for everyone! No matter what!





Narrative Lectionary – Joseph in Prison

Genesis 39:1-23
(Optional – Matt 5:11-12)

Dollar Store Item:  Neon Starbursts or Puzzle/Brain Teaser

The Take Away:  God is with us, all the time!






September 14th, 2014 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday:  14th Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Genesis 50:15–21
Psalm 103:[1–7] 8–13
Romans 14:1–12
Matthew 18:21–35

Dollar Store Item:  Note Cards

The Take Away: Jesus asks us to forgive ALOT!




Narrative Lectionary – Call of Abraham

Genesis 12:1-9
(Optional – Matt 28:19-20, Go therefor and make disciples of all nations)

Dollar Store Item:  Fake Phone, Musical Triangle, or Cardboard Tube

The Take Away:  God calls us to respond with action.





September 7th, 2014 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday:  13th Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Ezekiel 33:7–11
Psalm 119:33–40
Romans 13:8–14
Matthew 18:15–20

Dollar Store Item:  Ear Plugs

The Take Away:  Love by listening to each other!



Narrative Lectionary – Flood and Promise

Genesis 6:16-22; 9:8-15
(Optional – Matt 8:24-27, Jesus calms the Storm)

Dollar Store Item:  String

The Take Away:  God remembers God’s promises.




Narrative Lectionary Children Sermons

Starting with the Children Sermon for September 7th, which is the beginning of the new Narrative Lectionary year, I will be including two Children Sermons.

One will be based on the Revised Common Lectionary readings, and another will be based on the Narrative Lectionary preaching texts.

If you are looking for more information on the Narrative Lectionary, you can find it at:

Thanks!  I look forward to adding another resource for the Narrative Lectionary, while still continuing to offer children sermons for the RCL.


John Stevens


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