September 26th, 2021 – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Mark 9: 38-50

Dollar Store Item: Smiley Stickers

The Take Away: Jesus reminds us that those across the street can do and do do as important things for God and Jesus as do we. We are called to give them help and support them, in ministry for the world.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Genesis 27:1-4, 15-23; 28:10-17

Dollar Store Item: Smiley Stickers

The Take Away: God can bless us in the strangest places, and ways. Jacob, even though he does some strange things, is blessed by God. Imagine how God smiles upon you, as a beloved child.

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September 19th, 2021 – 17th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Mark 9:30-37

Dollar Store Item: Welcome Mat, A Kid’s Meal, ways to Welcome a child.

The Take Away: We are all children of God, without power or status, and God welcomes us.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14 – John 1:29

Dollar Store Item: Brain Teaser, something I struggle with, a puzzle I can’t solve.

The Take Away: Called to trust God with everything we have. God gives up everything for us.

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September 12th, 2021 – 16th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38

Dollar Store Item: Toothpaste, or “magic words” – Abracadabra or Please or “Nice hat!”

The Take Away: Our words have power, like Peter’s, “You are the messiah,” or how we speak to our neighbor.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Genesis 1:1—2:4a

Dollar Store Item: Magic Word – Abracadabra or Please

The Take Away: God creates with a word. We can create with words – kindness, peace.

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September 5th, 2021 – 15th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Mark 7:24-37

Dollar Store Item: Painters Tape / Rope / Chaulk – Anything to draw a line.

The Take Away: Jesus crosses over the line for you, me and the world.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Matthew 18:15-20

Dollar Store Item: Cups and String (Phone), Game of Telephone

The Take Away: We are called to talk with one another, so we can forgive one another.

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August 29th, 2021 – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23; James 1:17-27

Dollar Store Item: None – Silly Walk

The Take Away: We give thanks for God’s love by loving others… it’s all in our walk.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: 1 Samuel 21:1-9; Mark 14:12-25

Dollar Store Item: Nice glass and paper plate.

The Take Away: Jesus invites everyone to the kid’s table.

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August 22nd, 2021 – 13th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

Dollar Store Item: Bottle opener, Can opener, Something you need help with.

The Take Away: We need the help of other Christians, and the help given by God.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Psalm 65; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Dollar Store Item: A Map.

The Take Away: There are many places we find Jesus. Table, the Font, and within our hearts.

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August 15th, 2021 – 12th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: John 6:51-58, Ephesians 5:15-20

Dollar Store Item: Two Paper Cups.

The Take Away: We are called to be filled with the Spirit and with Jesus.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Psalm 84; Romans 6:1-11

Dollar Store Item: Name Tags

The Take Away: In Baptism, we are made Saints of God, and we live into this promise!

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August 8th, 2021 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2

Dollar Store Item: None, or a Costume – The Song, “They will know we are Christians by our love.”

The Take Away: We are called imitate Christ, and one way to do that is to love, love, love!

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Psalm 46; Acts 2:37-42

Dollar Store Item: None – Bowl of Water

The Take Away: We are called to cloth ourselves in Baptism daily. Remembering what God has done for us, again and again and again and again.

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If you have visited the site over the last two or three weeks, you might have noticed ads popping up. I had been going back and forth on having them on DSCS’ site, usually falling under “not.”

As a comment to one of my posts (or perhaps when I made a small aside in a video), someone had suggested I allow ads as there are folks that use the site, and although would love to support it financially, just couldn’t afford it.

I get that. Completely.

So, I decided to turn on the ads.

Until this morning.

I had a reminder that the ads that get selected are out of my control, and when a printing company had an ad that read, “This is the only tip I need,” and it showed gun ammo, I decided that was enough.

No ads.

Thank you for your donations, your prayers, and your joyful interactions over the years. I appreciate them all.

~ John Stevens

August 1st, 2021 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost

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Sunday: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year B

Text: John 6:24-35

Dollar Store Item: Cake Mix, Loaf of Bread, basket to fill over the next coming weeks.

The Take Away: Jesus is the bread of life, and we are called, through Jesus help to feed our neighbors.

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Narrative Lectionary

Text: Ephesians 6:10-20

Dollar Store Item: Something you need help with.

The Take Away: Putting on the armor of God requires us to ask for help!

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