October 4th, 2020 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

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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.

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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!

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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?

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

John Stevens

September 27th, 2020 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost

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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.

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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.

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September 20th, 2020 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost

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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!

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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!

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September 13th, 2020 – 15th Sunday after Pentecost

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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.

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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.

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September 6th, 2020 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

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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.

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Children’s Sermon to Use
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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.

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August 30th, 2020 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Romans 12:9-21

Dollar Store Item: Make a running number.

The Take Away: We are in a race to out serve, to out love, to show the world how much God loves them.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Luke 11:2-4

Dollar Store Item: A thaumatrope.

https://dskidsermons.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/thaumatropes.pdf

https://dskidsermons.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/thaumatrope-pictures.pdf

The Take Away: God’s kingdom has been revealed in Jesus. Is God’s kingdom here or is it still to come? Yes!! Both together help us see the kingdom fully! And we get to be part of it.

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August 23rd, 2020 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 16:13-20 or Romans 12:1-8

Dollar Store Item: Pair of Gloves, or a Puzzle/Legos

The Take Away: Jesus is the Messiah! or We need all of us to make up the full picture of what it means to be the Church, Christ in the world!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Luke 11:2-4

Dollar Store Item: Sign that marks something – Welcome, Yard Sale, etc.

The Take Away: We are holy because God, through the Spirit has set us apart as holy. It is gift.

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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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