It’s My Birthday… and I Will Give Thanks!

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It is my Birthday… Month

January 22nd

I am turning 50

DSCS just turned 9.

And there is a pandemic.

So I will celebrate… at home… playing games.

But full of gratitude.

January 30th, 2022 – 4th Sunday after Epiphany

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Sunday: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Revised Common Lectionary – Year C

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 4:21-30

Dollar Store Item: Valentine’s Day Item, Heart, Chocolate

Take Away: All of our love is but a reflection of the love that God has for us!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: John 4:1-42

Dollar Store Item: Reusable Water bottle.

Take Away: The woman leaves the water bottle (jug) at the well, because she doesn’t need it anymore!

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January 23rd, 2022 – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

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Sunday: Third Sunday after Epiphany

Revised Common Lectionary – Year C

Text: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21

Dollar Store Item: The Bible, and Characters from a Story (Marvel, My Little Pony, etc).

Take Away: The Bible can be seen as a Book of Faith, with story after story about how God works in all our lives. We are all linked together by these stories.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: John 3:1-21

Dollar Store Item: Valentines Day Item. “Beeee Mine.”

Take Away: God loves the entire world, and Jesus is the ultimate gift of love.

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Happy Birthday, DSCS!!

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Happy 9th Birthday, DSCS!!

Dollar Store Starting

This is a sweet, and yet, surprisingly hard memory for me today. 9 years is amazing, and am so thankful for you all for taking this journey with me. Look forward to many more years.

The hard memory because I see that my friend Jim Drury commented on this post 9 years ago. He was my best friend, and he died way to early. Jim and I both had a love of writing, telling stories, and sharing God’s Grace. He had an infectious laugh. He is missed every day.

Thank you all for making this a joy to produce and put out!  All are rockin’ it!

~ John

Because Grace: A Lenten Devotional

Greetings Saints,

I wanted to let you know about a new book that I have out.  It is called, “Because Grace,” and I am very proud of this book.

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“The format of this book is simple, following the practice of the 40 days of Lent. Each day has a scripture reference, from the Revised Common Lectionary, a short devotional, a discussion or journal prompt and a haiku prayer to round it all out.

That is all there is to it. Use this book. Journal using the prompts as a springboard. May it be as meaningful to you as it was for me writing it.

Blessings on your Lenten journey.

This book would be also be great as a group devotional as well.”

You can order the book from Amazon, in paperback or kindle format, via this link:
Because Grace

You can also purchase a copy directly from me, to be shipped late January.

Thank you!

John

January 16th, 2022 – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

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Sunday: Second Sunday after Epiphany

Revised Common Lectionary – Year C

Text: John 2:1-11

Dollar Store Item: Party Hats, Funny Glasses

Take Away: We see Jesus in new ways, doing new things.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: John 2:13-25

Dollar Store Item: Cleaning Supplies

Take Away: Jesus cleanses the temple, and Jesus cleanses our hearts.

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January 9th, 2022 – Baptism of the Lord Sunday

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Sunday: Baptism of the Lord Sunday

Revised Common Lectionary – Year C

Text: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22; Acts 8:14-17; Isaiah 43:1-7

Dollar Store Item: Container for water, two play figurings (Lego, Playmobile).

Take Away: Wonder with the kids about the voice, about not being afraid, about John baptizing Jesus, about our Baptism.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: John 2:1-11

Dollar Store Item: Party Hats, Fun Glasses

Take Away: We see (come and see, from last week) Jesus in new ways.

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January 2nd, 2022 – 2nd Sunday of Christmas /Epiphany Sunday

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Sunday: 2nd Sunday of Christmas or Epiphany Sunday

Revised Common Lectionary – Year C

Text: John 1:1-18

Dollar Store Item: Play Tea Set, Fake Food, Blanket or Starbursts, star on a stick.

Take Away: In Jesus Christ, God tents among us, and moves into the neighborhood. The Magi followed the star to find Jesus, and we find Jesus in a number of places, especially in the midst of the congreagtion.

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End of the Year Supprt:
https://dskidsermons.com/2021/12/11/end-of-year-support/


Narrative Lectionary

Text: John 1:35-51

Dollar Store Item: Star on a stick.

Take Away: We follow the call of Jesus as the Magi followed the star. “Come and see!” is the call. “Come and see where you can find Jesus!”

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End of Year Support

Greetings Saints!

I am so thankful for all of your love over the last 9 years of the DSCS. I have so much fun running the DSCS and love the fact that I am hearing from more and more of you.

It has been especially important these last two years, as I have felt very connected to you all during the pandemic.

As we work our way through December, would you consider making a donation to the DSCS? I have asked in the summer before. However this year, using “Spring Board” as the theme, I decided to time it this way.

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

You can do so through paypal (donate button) or venmo (In app @revjohn29):

Thank you!
John Stevens

December 26th, 2021 – First Sunday of Christmas

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Sunday: 1st Sunday of Christmas

Revised Common Lectionary – Year C

Text: Colossians 3:12-17, Luke 2:41-52

Dollar Store Item: Strange Christmas Item, Ugly Christmas Sweater, Story of you talking back to parents.

Take Away: Jesus was human and God. We are called to wear things that might seem difficult but are comfortable once tried on!!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: John 1:19-34

Dollar Store Item: A blessing bag.

Take Away: John is the voice preparing the way. We are called to prepare the way of Jesus, in our lives and in the world.

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