May 17th, 2020 – 6th Sunday of Easter/Ascension

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Sunday: Sixth Sunday of Easter or Ascension

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: John 14:15-21 or Acts 1:1-11

Dollar Store Item: Two forks and a toothpick or finishing nail.

The Take Away: As we are called together, in community with the Trinity, we create something new and amazing.

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Here is another DSCS with the focus being on the Advocate:

https://dskidsermons.com/2017/05/08/may-21st-2017-6th-sunday-of-easter/

And here is another DSCS with focus on the Ascension:

https://dskidsermons.com/2018/05/07/may-13th-2018-ascension-sunday-7th-sunday-of-easter/



Narrative Lectionary

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Dollar Store Item: Two Forks and a Toothpick or Finishing Nail.

The Take Away: These three remain – Faith, Hope and Love. Love is the greatest.

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May 10th, 2020 – 5th Sunday of Easter

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Sunday: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: John 14:1-14

Dollar Store Item: Picture of a relative that you look like, OR a picture of you from before the Pandemic and one from recent (or just you from Recent).

The Take Away: We known God because we know Jesus. We know Jesus because we have seen those gathered and acting like Jesus.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Acts 18:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Dollar Store Item: Card trick to illustrate that we are all in this together, following Christ.

The Take Away: God calls us all to work together for Christ, and for the world God makes. We are called to follow Jesus.

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May 3rd, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Easter

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Sunday: Forth Sunday of Easter

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: John 10:1-10

Dollar Store Item: Cardboard or posterboard.

The Take Away: Jesus is the gate, and the way through.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Acts 17:1-9; Thessalonians 1:1-10

Dollar Store Item: Costumes, Dress-up

The Take Away: We are called to be imitators of Jesus.

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April 26th, 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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Sunday: Third Sunday of Easter

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Luke 24:13-35

Dollar Store Item: None

The Take Away: Jesus is seen in the breaking of the bread, which we experience joy, like in the smaller gifts of life.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Acts 3:1-11

Dollar Store Item: None/Where’s Waldo/Picture of one stick figure

The Take Away: The beggar is told to look at them, and in the exchange, recieves the gift of healing. We are called to see each other, and in that, we bring the gift of Joy.

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April 19th, 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Sunday: Second Sunday of Easter

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: John 20:19-31

Dollar Store Item: Shoelace

The Take Away: Jesus gives his disciples and us peace.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Acts 1:1-14

Dollar Store Item: Shoelace

The Take Away: The story of Luke, and the Story of Acts; the story of Jesus and the story of Acts are not two different stories. Acts is a continuation of God working.

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April 12th, 2020 – Easter Sunday

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Sunday: Easter Sunday

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text:Matthew 28:1-10

Dollar Store Item: Not the Dollar Tree, but here is a link for the book, “A Monster at the End of the Book”: https://www.amazon.com/Monster-This-Book-Sesame-Street-ebook/dp/B0078X2LKY/

The Take Away: There was fear heading to the tomb. Each step, perhaps even more. There was sadness. There was, perhaps, the urge to turn back. But, when the women get to the tomb, there is great joy, and a surprise beyond all surprises. Jesus is alive!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Mark 16:1-8

Dollar Store Item: Dollar Store Item: Not the Dollar Tree, but here is a link for the book, “A Monster at the End of the Book”: https://www.amazon.com/Monster-This-Book-Sesame-Street-ebook/dp/B0078X2LKY/

The Take Away: There was fear heading to the tomb. Each step, perhaps even more. There was sadness. There was, perhaps, the urge to turn back. But, when the women get to the tomb, there is great joy, and a surprise beyond all surprises. Jesus is alive!

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April 5th, 2020 – Palm Sunday

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Sunday: Palm Sunday

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Mark 11:1-11 or another Processional text

Dollar Store Item: None (branches, coats, palm of our hands)

The Take Away: We are still connected!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Mark 11:1-11 [14:3-9]

Dollar Store Item: None (branches, coats, palm of our hands)

The Take Away: We are still connected!

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March 29th, 2020 – 5th Sunday in Lent

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Sunday: Fifth Sunday in Lent

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: John 11:1-45 or Ezekiel 37:1-14

Dollar Store Item: Tissue or a bag of rocks

The Take Away: God is in control, and always bringing about new life!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Mark 13:1-8, 24-37

Dollar Store Item: 1st Aid Kit, Toilet Paper, preparedness stuff.

The Take Away: We are called to pay attention, and be prepared. Chirst is in control, as as we are part of Jesus, we show love by paying attention to those around us.

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March 22nd, 2020 – 4th Sunday in Lent

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Sunday: Fourth Sunday in Lent

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: John 9:1-41

Dollar Store Item: Nothing – Your two index fingers.

The Take Away: This story starts out by calling Jesus one title, and slowly throughout it, we get to the core, Jesus being from/of God and the Messiah.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Mark 12:28-44

Dollar Store Item: None or Heart Light

The Take Away: Loving Neighbor and Loving Self is all about loving God. And God loving us. Completely. How do we show love to the widow?

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