July 19th, 2020 – 7th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Psalm 86:11-17 or Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Dollar Store Item: A family story about life, and asking for help… OR Two items that look a like but are different. A real diamond and a fake one. Art work that is real, and one that is fake.

The Take Away: This Psalm reminds us that God listens, and that the Psalmist (along with others) prayers the honest prayer that we can pray to our God who listens to us. OR We are told that God will know in the end those who are weeds and those who are wheat… Grace makes us Wheat, and we treat everyone we meet like they are the real deal.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: 2 Corinthians 2:1-10; accompanying text: Matt 18:21-22

Dollar Store Item: Jenga, or bulding blocks

The Take Away: Forgiveness is crucial to the life of the church, family anf community.

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July 12th, 2020 – 6th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Dollar Store Item: Different Types of Soil, Seeds, and You.

The Take Away: God plants with wild abandon, joyful sharing Grace, and we can get to do the same!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11

Dollar Store Item: Your Mask

The Take Away: We have been blessed to be a blessing. We act in ways that keep our neighbors in mind, and so we think about who we come into contact with, and how we might be a blessing.

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July 5th, 2020 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Dollar Store Item: A bucket with a handle or a Balloon.

The Take Away: Jesus helps us bear the hard things in life.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Job 41:1-8; 42:1-17

Dollar Store Item: Phone, Pen and Paper, Letter.

The Take Away: God is begin enough to hear our anger, and God wants to talk with us!

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June 28th, 2020 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 10:40-42

Dollar Store Item: Fresh Baked Bread, First Cookie or a Face Mask

The Take Away: We are called to welcome others “on purpose” and with thought and care.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Job 31:35-37; 38:1-11 [25-27]

Dollar Store Item: Something that limits sight, like blinders, hood, keeping eyes down to the ground.

The Take Away: God expands our vision of how God is active in the world.

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June 21st, 2020 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Third Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 10:24-39, Romans 6:1b-11

Dollar Store Item: “Do you give up?” A story about a riddle that you couldn’t solve, or a brother that teases you, or playing a game of hide and seek, and you have to “give up.”

The Take Away: We are called to give up… give up our fear, our worry; give up trying to do it by ourselves; give up measuring our love. We love all like we love Jesus… with everything.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Job 14:7-15; 19:23-27

Dollar Store Item: Magic Trick you can make.

The Take Away: “I hope this works…” Hope that doesn’t beyond reason, but God’s love is faithful, and Job has hope that God sees and hears our cries.

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June 14th, 2020 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Second Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Matthew 9:35-10:8

Dollar Store Item: List of names of your family. Or Item with Pet Hair/Lint/Dust and masking tape, lint roller, etc.

The Take Away: Jesus sends ALL of the disciples out, even Judas, to take the message to the people. Jesus uses all of us!! – When we hear hard words, and are not welcomed, it can be hard to go on. But in the Grace of Jesus, we are given a way – Remembering we are loved, just as the entire world is loved by God.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Job 3:1-10; 4:1-9; 7:11-21

Dollar Store Item: Tissue, roll of Toilet Paper

The Take Away: It’s ok to cry. A Lament is crying out to God. What are the things we can lament now? These are holy prayers.

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June 7th, 2020 – Trinity Sunday

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Sunday: Trinity Sunday

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20, Genesis 1:1-2:4a

Dollar Store Item: A Fashlight Light, LED Light, or a light you can turn off and on. Or a piece of cardboard in which you shine a flashlight through… with a “D” poked through.

The Take Away: God “delights” in being in relationship with us, from the beginning of creation to the sending of the disciples. God delights in You!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Job 1:1-22

Dollar Store Item: Comic book, or a book with a cliff hanger or old book you can tear out just the first chapter.

The Take Away: This is the beginning of the story, and like Job, God isn’t done yet. And there is hope coming.

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May 31st, 2020 – Pentecost Sunday

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Sunday: Pentecost Sunday

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: John 20:19-23 and Acts 2:1-21

Dollar Store Item: Ear Plugs, and/or Yourself doing the robot dance.

The Take Away: It gets hard to hear, and sometimes to see, the Spirit. But we as people of God are called to help folks see this Spirit all the more clearly.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Acts 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:1-13

Dollar Store Item: Ear Plugs, and/or Yourself doing the robot dance.

The Take Away: It gets hard to hear, and sometimes to see, the Spirit. But we as people of God are called to help folks see this Spirit all the more clearly.

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May 24th, 2020 – 7th Sunday of Easter

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Sunday: Seventh Sunday of Easter

Revised Common Lectionary – Year A

Text: Acts 1:6-14 or John 17:1-11

Dollar Store Item: Glasses, Two Toilet Paper Cardboard Tubes, or a Recipe

The Take Away: We are called to look at the world as Jesus would have us see the world. Called into Mission and Ministry. OR We are part of this recipe called the Church, as God uses each of us to make something greater than ourselves. We are in God, and God is in us, and Christ in Us, and We in Christ, etc. “All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.”

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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 15:1-26, 51-57

Dollar Store Item: A book, a Children Story, “The End of the Story…”, Penrose Triangle Optical Illusion

The Take Away: The End is not the End, and through Jesus, the promise of hope stands firm, and death is not the end.

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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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