October 25th, 2020 – Reformation Sunday/21st Sunday after Pentecost

If you find the DSCS helpful and would like to donate, thank you!
You can do so, easily, through PayPal:


Sunday: Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost / Reformation Sunday

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Jeremiah 31:27-34, Matthew 22:34-46, John 8:31-36, Romans 3:19-28

Dollar Store Item: Different sizes of speakers

The Take Away: Jesus tells us again and again of God’s love, and turns it up to 11 with the Cross and the Empty Tomb!

Video:


Narrative Lectionary

Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-17

Dollar Store Item: Deck of Cards

The Take Away: God doesn’t live in house! Helps us to focus.

Video: Here is a video from 2016, which I still find helpful:

October 18th, 2020 – 20th Sunday after Pentecost

If you find the DSCS helpful and would like to donate, thank you!
You can do so, easily, through PayPal:


Sunday: Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text:Matthew 22:15-22, Isaiah 45:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Dollar Store Item: Stories of Random Acts of Kindness, a Game of Charades, Picture of the global, book of maps, and a map of the known universe.

The Take Away: God is acting, and we get to be part of God’s mission. Let us be imitators of Christ, so all see God’s great works of love. Because all people belong to, and are loved by, God.

Video:


Narrative Lectionary

Text: 1 Samuel 1:9-11, 19-20; 2:1-10

Dollar Store Item: Pages torn from a book. The rest of the story. Tell a story, and get to the good part, and just stop. “And always remember to…” and turn away.

The Take Away: The need to hear the entire story. The cross is not the end, as we need to hear about the Resurrection, etc..

Video:

October 11th, 2020 – 19th Sunday after Pentecost

If you find the DSCS helpful and would like to donate, thank you!
You can do so, easily, through PayPal:


Sunday: Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Philippians 4:1-9

Dollar Store Item: Something that brings you joy! I use tennis balls and a book about juggling (a gift).

The Take Away: We share the joy we have received Jesus. We rejoice!!

Video:

Link to referenced DSCS in the above video:
https://dskidsermons.com/2017/10/02/october-15th-2017-19th-sunday-after-pentecost/


Narrative Lectionary

Text: Exodus 32:1-14

Dollar Store Item: A phone, a letter, something that you can communicate with!

The Take Away: Let’s talk about talking to God, or prayer!

Video:

October 4th, 2020 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

If you find the DSCS helpful and would like to donate, thank you!
You can do so, easily, through PayPal:


Sunday: Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 21:33-46, Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 80:7-15

Dollar Store Item: Piece of rope/twine and scissors

The Take Away: God, in Christ, has protected and restores the vine. Christ restores you and me, through forgiveness, love, and God’s Grace found in the cross, and the empty tomb.

Video:


Narrative Lectionary

Text: Exodus 12:1-13; 13:1-8

Dollar Store Item: Photo Album

The Take Away: We tell the stories of God’s saving acts because it is important to remember, and helps us see God active in the world today!

Video:

DSCS Support

Greetings Saints!

Thank you for all of your love over the last 7 (SEVEN… wow) years of the DSCS. I have so much fun doing this ministry and love the fact that I keep hearing from more and more of you.

One of my greatest joys is when I will have folks visit Zion Lutheran because of this site, or when you reach out and we have conversations online. It is Grace upon Grace for me! (I keep these comments and visits in my heart for the rainy day file… you know that file!)

I am especially thankful these days that we can gather through many different ways online.

I pray for the time that we all can gather safely in our buildings again. But we have been church in this time, for sure!

This post could be seen as an bi-annual fund drive for the DSCS if you will. I posted a while back, but then, you know, Pandemic. I appreciate any way you might give.

The site is free, and will always be free, and my heart is warmed by the generosity of all the folks that take part in the ministry of DSCS in prayer and donations.

Please, would you prayerful consider a donation to the DSCS at this time?

You can virtually buy me a cup of coffee:

https://ko-fi.com/johnstevens

or you can donate through paypal:

I thank you for your prayers, especially through the last month.

John Stevens

September 27th, 2020 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost

If you find the DSCS helpful and would like to donate, thank you!
You can do so, easily, through PayPal:


Sunday: Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 21:23-32, Philippians 2:1-13

Dollar Store Item: Battery and Flashlight.

The Take Away: We have been given God’s love, Source of healing and goodness, and we get to use it to share it with the world.

Video:


Narrative Lectionary

Text: Genesis 37:3-8, 17b-22, 26-34; 50:15-21

Dollar Store Item: First Aid Kit, or the Gaps in the Text

The Take Away: God is present with us through all things.

Video:

September 20th, 2020 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost

If you find the DSCS helpful and would like to donate, thank you!
You can do so, easily, through PayPal:


Sunday: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 20:1-16

Dollar Store Item: Boomerang Optical Illusion

Boomerang Template

The Take Away: God loves each one of us the same!

Video:



Narrative Lectionary

Text: Genesis 15:1-6

Dollar Store Item: Bag of Sand

The Take Away: God’s promises are so great, we can’t even count them!

Video:

September 13th, 2020 – 15th Sunday after Pentecost

If you find the DSCS helpful and would like to donate, thank you!
You can do so, easily, through PayPal:


Sunday: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 18:21-35

Dollar Store Item: Phone with a Calculator or a pile of M&Ms. – you get to eat them!

The Take Away: We are called to forgive and not keep score, which is really hard.

Video:


Narrative Lectionary

Text: Genesis 2:4b-7, 15-17; 3:1-8

Dollar Store Item: Superhero – Orign Story

The Take Away: We are created by God, and we need God.

Video:

September 6th, 2020 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

If you find the DSCS helpful and would like to donate, thank you!
You can do so, easily, through PayPal:


Sunday: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 18:15-20, Romans 13:8-14

Dollar Store Item: Halloween Mask, or None (Facing away from the camera).

The Take Away: To listen, we are called to face one another, and live in love, and forgive/love/be Christ for each other. When we put on our mask, we act like that character. So when we put on Jesus, let us love like Jesus.

Video:

Children’s Sermon to Use
This is a prerecorded Children’s Sermon on the second reading, and you can use it on your online services, or your children education/Sunday School. Please give credit if you use it, and if able, a donation would be helpful.


Narrative Lectionary

Text: None. Overview of the Year

Dollar Store Item: A connect the dots puzzle.

The Take Away: We are connecting the dots of Scripture to help tell the full story.

Video: