December 24th, 2017 – 4th Sunday of Advent

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Sunday: 4th Sunday of Advent

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Luke 1:26-38

Dollar Store Item: None (or Name Tag, Luggage Tag)

The Take Away: God greets us as loved Children, and we get to share that love with everyone!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: John 1:1-18

Dollar Store Item: Flashlight

The Take Away: We, like John, shine the light on all we meet. We aren’t the light, but are called to direct the Good News of the Light on the world!

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December 17th, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Sunday: 3rd Sunday of Advent

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: John 1:6-8, 19-28

Dollar Store Item: Flashlight

The Take Away: We, like John, shine the light on all we meet. We aren’t the light, but are called to direct the Good News of the Light on the world!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Isaiah 55:1-13

Dollar Store Item: Stuffed animal

The Take Away: The love of God, the Promise of God, the Grace of God brings us comfort.

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December 10th, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Sunday: 2nd Sunday of Advent

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Mark 1:1-8

Dollar Store Item: Puzzle, Book, Ingredients for a recipe

The Take Away: We hear the beginning of the story, and we are called to continue the Good News.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Dollar Store Item: Bag of Rocks

The Take Away: God breathes life into you and me!

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December 3rd, 2017 – 1st Sunday of Advent

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Sunday: 1st Sunday of Advent

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text:Mark 13:24-37

Dollar Store Item: Coffee. Alarm. Way of keeping Awake

The Take Away: We are called to keep awake. We watch for Christ all around us. In the lights, candles, songs, people. These help us be watchful and awake!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Daniel 3:1, [2-7] 8-30

Dollar Store Item: Christmas item, Candles, Songs

The Take Away: With so much pulling us to buy, buy, buy, we can help each other remember the meaning of this Advent and Christmas season. Peace, Love, Hope and Joy!

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November 26th, 2017 – Christ the King Sunday

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Sunday: Christ the King Sunday

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 25:31-46

Dollar Store Item:Graham Crackers

The Take Away: Christ is the Servant King, who doesn’t “lord” over us! We are to treat others as Christ treats us!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14

Dollar Store Item: Word Puzzle book, already solved.

The Take Away: God makes finding God easy. God lets Godself be found!

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November 19th, 2017 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 25:14-30, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Dollar Store Item: Any book. However, Sesame Street’s, “The Monster at the End of This Book,” is great for this one!

The Take Away: Endings can seem scary, but in God, we have our hope!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Isaiah 9:1-7

Dollar Store Item: Something that reminds you of yourself. For me, it would be candy, or a book, or a deck of playing cards.

The Take Away: Nicknames tell us about a person many times. Isaiah tells us of the coming child who will be the light to the nations. What nick name might we give Jesus?

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November 12th, 2017 – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 25:1-13, Amos 5:18-24, Psalm 70

Dollar Store Item: Your Hands/Hide and Seek

The Take Away: We are called to watch for the Lord. What are the ways that we watch for the Lord?

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24

Dollar Store Item: None – Using our hands for Hide and Seek.

The Take Away: We are called to Hide no more, and seek God, asking and acting. How are the ways we see God in this world?

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