August 16th, 2020 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Psalm 67:1-7 or Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28

Dollar Store Item: Flashcards, Memory Game, Repeat after Me… If I’ve said it once… or for Matthew 15… some sticks and stones.

The Take Away: God’s love is worthy to be repeated! Or The words that come out of our mouth can heal or hurt.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Luke 11:2-4

Dollar Store Item: Picture of a teacher, or something you have taught someone because you know how to do it.

The Take Away: God has us forgive, so we might know what it feels like to be forgiven. Forgiveness is tied to forgiving.

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August 9th, 2020 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 14:22-33, Psalm 85:8-13, Romans 10:5-15

Dollar Store Item: Paper Cups on a String. Zoom on Mute/Unmute. Funnel as a hearing aid.

The Take Away: We listen to the voice of Jesus, and are called to respond, even when it is scary. But Jesus is there with us. We are given help by friends, family and God to listen and hear the voice of Jesus. And then we are called to respond!!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

Dollar Store Item: Coins, a Plate, M&Ms

The Take Away: We are called to give out of our abundance. God’s love for us is overflowing, and the offering we give is a gift of thanks for all the blessings God has given us.

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August 2nd, 2020 – 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: Protest Sign, Blessing Bag, Gift Card to the local grocery store.

The Take Away: God, in Christ, has compassion for us, and feeds those who are gathered in a miraculous way. We, like the disciples, are called to distribute, pass out, share that compassion with those we meet.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:1-21 (I am suggesting John 1:1-14 as the connecting Gospel)

Dollar Store Item: A tent made out of sheets.

The Take Away: Christ tented among us, and through Christ God pours out God’s love for us and the world.

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July 26th, 2020 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, Romans 8:26-39 or Psalm 119:129-136

Dollar Store Item: Funnel, String or Rope with Knots, or Your favorite Dessert

The Take Away: So much… I will direct you to the video. 🙂

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18; accompanying text: Matt 5:13

Dollar Store Item: Costume of some sort.

The Take Away: “Making Up.” Life means that we fight with one another, and we mess up. It means that there are times that we mess up, and someone tells us about this. But that doesn’t break our friendship. We are called to “reconcile” or “Make Up.” This doesn’t mean we make it up, but we repair a relationship. Not pretending. God forgives us, through Grace, and will always be the first to forgive.

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July 19th, 2020 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Psalm 86:11-17 or Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Dollar Store Item: A family story about life, and asking for help… OR Two items that look a like but are different. A real diamond and a fake one. Art work that is real, and one that is fake.

The Take Away: This Psalm reminds us that God listens, and that the Psalmist (along with others) prayers the honest prayer that we can pray to our God who listens to us. OR We are told that God will know in the end those who are weeds and those who are wheat… Grace makes us Wheat, and we treat everyone we meet like they are the real deal.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: 2 Corinthians 2:1-10; accompanying text: Matt 18:21-22

Dollar Store Item: Jenga, or building blocks

The Take Away: Forgiveness is crucial to the life of the church, family and community.

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July 12th, 2020 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Dollar Store Item: Different Types of Soil, Seeds, and You.

The Take Away: God plants with wild abandon, joyful sharing Grace, and we can get to do the same!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11

Dollar Store Item: Your Mask

The Take Away: We have been blessed to be a blessing. We act in ways that keep our neighbors in mind, and so we think about who we come into contact with, and how we might be a blessing.

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July 5th, 2020 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Dollar Store Item: A bucket with a handle or a Balloon.

The Take Away: Jesus helps us bear the hard things in life.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Job 41:1-8; 42:1-17

Dollar Store Item: Phone, Pen and Paper, Letter.

The Take Away: God is begin enough to hear our anger, and God wants to talk with us!

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June 28th, 2020 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 10:40-42

Dollar Store Item: Fresh Baked Bread, First Cookie or a Face Mask

The Take Away: We are called to welcome others “on purpose” and with thought and care.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Job 31:35-37; 38:1-11 [25-27]

Dollar Store Item: Something that limits sight, like blinders, hood, keeping eyes down to the ground.

The Take Away: God expands our vision of how God is active in the world.

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June 21st, 2020 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Third Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 10:24-39, Romans 6:1b-11

Dollar Store Item: “Do you give up?” A story about a riddle that you couldn’t solve, or a brother that teases you, or playing a game of hide and seek, and you have to “give up.”

The Take Away: We are called to give up… give up our fear, our worry; give up trying to do it by ourselves; give up measuring our love. We love all like we love Jesus… with everything.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Job 14:7-15; 19:23-27

Dollar Store Item: Magic Trick you can make.

The Take Away: “I hope this works…” Hope that doesn’t beyond reason, but God’s love is faithful, and Job has hope that God sees and hears our cries.

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June 14th, 2020 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Second Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 9:35-10:8

Dollar Store Item: List of names of your family. Or Item with Pet Hair/Lint/Dust and masking tape, lint roller, etc.

The Take Away: Jesus sends ALL of the disciples out, even Judas, to take the message to the people. Jesus uses all of us!! – When we hear hard words, and are not welcomed, it can be hard to go on. But in the Grace of Jesus, we are given a way – Remembering we are loved, just as the entire world is loved by God.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Job 3:1-10; 4:1-9; 7:11-21

Dollar Store Item: Tissue, roll of Toilet Paper

The Take Away: It’s ok to cry. A Lament is crying out to God. What are the things we can lament now? These are holy prayers.

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