May 3rd, 2015 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Sunday:  5th Sunday of Easter

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: John 15 and 1 John

Dollar Store Item: Fruit

The Take Away:  We are fruit of Christ, Our Love helps grow the Good News. 

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Narrative Lectionary – Gospel as Salvation

Text: Romans 1:1-17

Dollar Store Item:  Rubber Spatula

The Take Away:  We all belong, and are brought into God’s presence as a gift. 

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April 26th, 2015 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Sunday:  4th Sunday of Easter

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: 1 John 3:16-24

Dollar Store Item: Ball

The Take Away:  We love, because God first loved us. 

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Narrative Lectionary – Paul’s Mission

Text: Acts 13:1-3, 14: 8-18

Dollar Store Item:  Stone with Etched Word / Stone with Cross Drawn on It

The Take Away:  God sets us apart, and makes us holy!

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April 19th, 2015 – Third Sunday of Easter

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Sunday:  3rd Sunday of Easter

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: 1 John 3:1-7

Dollar Store Item: Doctor or Cooking play set. 

The Take Away:  We are children of God

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Narrative Lectionary – Peter’s Vision

Text: Acts 10:1-17, 34-35

Dollar Store Item:  Painter’s Tape/Masking Tape

The Take Away:  God welcomes all into God’s circle. 

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April 12th, 2015 – Second Sunday of Easter

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Sunday:  2nd Sunday of Easter

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Acts 4:32-35

Dollar Store Item: Sea Life Creatures (enough of 1 items that you can give it away). 

The Take Away: By sharing what we have, we receive as well. 

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Narrative Lectionary – The Great Commission

Text:  Matthew 28:16-20

Dollar Store Item: Toy Doctor Set or Cooking Set.

The Take Away:  We are given what we need to tell the story of Jesus!

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March 12, 2015 – Anything is Possible (Making the dream into a reality)

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March 12, 2015

Today is one of those days where I am pondering.  Whether it is Lent, my theme of “Paying Attention,”  or the daily Haikus I have been writing, based on a different word for a different day, I have been pondering.

As some of you know, perhaps many by this time, I also perform sleight of hand magic.  I am what they would call, “an amateur magician.”  I like that, because not only is it fun, but it helps bring joy to people’s world.  And, I believe, that really is what life is about many times:  Helping others see the joy and wonder in the world.

I write this because as I was pondering, and exploring my hobby of magic, I came across a back issue of a magic magazine called, “Genii.”  In this edition, a man by the name of Jamie D. Grant was interviewed.  It was reading his interview, and re-reading parts about his life, I was reminded about what helped me get this blog out of my dreams and into the web (throw back to a Billy Ocean song).

Jamie D. Grant creates wonder.  He has created a whole campaign called, “Send Wonder,” and it truly is an amazing thing.

Honestly, what gave me the courage, or the push, to make the step into trying something new, something that could have fallen flat, was Jamie D. Grant’s “Anything is Possible” bottles.  These are amazing piece of art, wonder and strange.

I have had a bottle like this in the past, made by Jamie D. Grant, and it was this very creation that pushed me to look at doing something that had lived in the back of my mind for a while.  It was the idea that spurred the creation of the Dollar Store Children Sermon blog.

Through out my time, and experiences, I have lost that bottle.  It is in this new season of life that I hope to regain one.  They are truly a piece of art, astonishment, and wonder.

Jamie D. Grant has given a great TED talk about Sending Wonder, and can be found here:

 

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Thank you, Jamie, for your inspiration, and most of all, your kindness.

Living in God’s Grace,

John W. Stevens, pastor
Zion Lutheran 720 Jefferson Street
Oregon City, Oregon 97045

March 29th, 2015 – Palm Sunday

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Sunday:  Palm Sunday

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Dollar Store Item:  Finger Pointer

The Take Away:  The move from Palm Sunday to Good Friday

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Narrative Lectionary – Palm Sunday/Triumphal Entry

Dollar Store Item: Finger Pointer

The Take Away:  Moving from Palm Sunday to Good Friday

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