August 20th, 2017 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28 or Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Dollar Store Item: Bell or Whistle

The Take Away: Disagreeing in love can be a good thing. God is OK when we question. Gifts of God cannot be taken away!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Psalm 84; Romans 6:1-11

Dollar Store Item: Something that brings you joy.

The Take Away: At the Table of the Lord, we find our happy place, where everyone is welcome.

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August 13th, 2017 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 14:22-33

Dollar Store Item: Carabiner/Water Floating Toy

The Take Away: Jesus Christ has us!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Psalm 46; Acts 2:37-42

Dollar Store Item: Gift Tag with To: From: or Gift Box with places to write To and From

The Take Away: God’s promise is gifted to you and me from God.

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August 6th, 2017 – 9th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 14:13-21

Dollar Store Item: Food Container for Left Overs/Doggy Bag

The Take Away: Blessings over flow… enough to share!

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Narrative Lectionary – Preaching Series on Ephesians

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

Dollar Store Item: Superhero Cape/Blanket

The Take Away: We need each other! We all together make up the armor of God!

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July 30th, 2017 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Eight Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Romans 8:26-39

Dollar Store Item: Paper Cups and String

The Take Away: God, through the Spirit, listens to us always!

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Narrative Lectionary – Preaching Series on Ephesians

Text: Ephesians 4:1-16

Dollar Store Item: Items with one on them

The Take Away: We are all one in Christ Jesus.

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July 23rd, 2017 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Romans 8:12-25

Dollar Store Item: None / M&M’s

The Take Away: Kids matter to God and to us!

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Narrative Lectionary – Preaching Series on Ephesians

Text: Ephesians 2:11-22

Dollar Store Item: None

The Take Away: Kids matter to us and to God!

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July 16th, 2017 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Psalm 65:[1-8] 9-13 (With the other texts supporting)

Dollar Store Item: Watering Can / Watering Item

The Take Away: God claims us in the waters of Baptism.

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Narrative Lectionary – Preaching Series on Ephesians

Text: Ephesians 1:1-14

Dollar Store Item: Item that was given to you from a relative or friend – Birthday Candle labeled “Zero”

The Take Away: God’s Forgiveness and Grace is a free gift because of who God is and who God makes us to be! God has been at work from before we were born and loving us!

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S.O.S. – Summer of Support

Summer of Support

If you have thought about supporting DSCS in the past, would you consider doing so now with a one time donation? If you have supported DSCS in the past, I am very grateful and thank you from the bottom of my heart. The support of DSCS through prayers, sharing the posts with fellow pastors and youth workers, as well as financially, is the only way this site and my ministry continues. Thank you.

There are folks that give five dollars, and when they do, I recieve a note from them that says, “I wish I could give more.” Please, any donation to the DSCS is appreciated. I can’t stress that enough. Thank you!

Beyond that, I am so thankful every time I hear, “I don’t use the sermons as they are written, but it gives me an idea of what I want to do.” I love it when folks use the sermons as I present them, and I also love that people are adapting the idea. This is truly an amazing God thing.

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Our God is an amazing God!

~ John Stevens

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