Giving Tuesday

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On this Giving Tuesday, I wanted to give a word of thanks for all of you. Over the last very hard months, I know that you have been keeping this ministry, as well as many others, in prayer.

I know that, and honestly, I feel it. The notes that I have received have been, to wax poetic, given buoyancy to my soul in the rough waters.

Thank you so very much!

John


December 20th, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Advent

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Sunday: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:26-38

Dollar Store Item: Printout with the Address of the Church, maybe a return address off an envelope.

The Take Away: God promises to tent among us with Jesus Christ, and that God has never needed an address or a house.

Video:


Narrative Lectionary

Text: Luke 1:26-45 [46-56]

Dollar Store Item: Birth Announcement Cards

The Take Away: The Birth Announcement comes to the mother, and then to the World. And Mary answers, “Here I am!”

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December 13th, 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Sunday: Third Sunday of Advent

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Dollar Store Item: Mirror

The Take Away: We are called to reflect the light into the world.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Isaiah 61:1-11, Luke 4:16-21

Dollar Store Item: Picture of a Christmas Cactus

The Take Away: God promises will come up like a Christmas Cactus, surprising and amazing.

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December 6th, 2020 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Sunday: Second Sunday of Advent

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Mark 1:1-8, Isaiah 40:1-11

Dollar Store Item: Stuffed animal, blanket, Cup of Tea, something that comforts, and has a story attached to it.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Joel 2:12-13, 28-29, Luke 11:13

Dollar Store Item: Gift Box

The Take Away: God promises the gift of the Holy Spirit, which calls us again and again.

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November 29th, 2020 – 1st Sunday of Advent

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Sunday: First Sunday of Advent

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Dollar Store Item: Gift Tag labeled, “Don’t open till Christmas.”

The Take Away: We are in a time of waiting for Jesus, both for Christmas, and for Christ to come again. Even as we wait, we know the gift that has been given through Grace – Jesus Christ.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Daniel 6:6-27

Dollar Store Item: Footprints that show you were to stand.

The Take Away: We are called to stand for the Lord, and stand for the oppressed.

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November 22nd, 2020 – Reign of Christ/Christ the King Sunday

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Sunday: Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 25:31-46, Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Dollar Store Item: Something to eat, Welcome Pad, Scarf, Shirt or Gloves, and a pair of glasses.

The Take Away: All these have one thing in common: They help us see Jesus clearly in the world, as we treat others like Jesus.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; then 31:31-34

Dollar Store Item: Magnetic Board, Phone with Camera, Etch a Stetch

The Take Away: God remembers our sins no more!

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November 15th, 2020 – 24th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

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

Dollar Store Item: None

The Take Away: We have been told, and we know, yet we forget that Christ’s Grace holds on to us. Over the long haul of time, from start to finish, we are reminded that God is working with us, and calling us to use our gifts for God and for our fellow humans. So many things remind us of this.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Isaiah 6:1-8

Dollar Store Item: None

The Take Away: In Confession and Forgiveness, we find freedom to be sent out in joy for our God.

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November 8th, 2020 – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 25:1-13, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Dollar Store Item: Flashlight, Candle, Baptismal Candle

The Take Away: Be the light, so other’s can see. Encourage one another.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Jonah 1:1-17; 3:1-10 [4:1-11]

Dollar Store Item: Traffic Cone, or pictures of Traffic Signs/Road Work Ahead

The Take Away: God calls us into lives of change, and repentance – whether we are Nineveh or Jonah!

Video:

Video from 2016:

November 1st, 2020 – All Saints Sunday

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Sunday: All Saints Sunday

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 5:1-12, 1 John 3:1-3, Revelation 7:9-17

Dollar Store Item: Deck of Cards

The Take Away: In God’s Hands, we are All Saints. God is the active party!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: 1 Kings 17:1-16

Dollar Store Item: Magic Trick – Lunch Sack/Streams or Needle and Spool of Thread.

The Take Away: God provides. Again and Again.

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Second Video:

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

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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!

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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: