This Sunday – October 13th, 2019

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Sunday: Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Revised Common Lectionary – Year C

Texts: Luke 17:11-19

Dollar Store Item: Thank you cards.

The Take Away: We are called to practice saying, “Thank You!”


Narrative Lectionary

Text: Ruth 1:1-17

Dollar Store Item: Strip of paper, two paper clips

The Take Away: We are called to show love like God shows us. We belong to each other.


30 thoughts on “This Sunday – October 13th, 2019

  1. I adore your site! I am asked to do children’s sermons from time to time and they are a wonderful reference! Much more than that, I am asked to fill in for pastors services at our local Nursing Home. Many residents can not follow a homily or sermon. These ideas have been such a hit with seniors! They are attentive and remember because of the visuals. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. In Christ’s name, Amen!

  2. Dear John,
    The minute I hear I “get’ to do the Children’s Sermon for our church service…your web site is the first place I go to. Thank you so much for your happy, creative ideas… for sometimes my heart isn’t excited to work on the Children’s Sermon and you always help me discover the joy and honor of talking with the children in our congregation! My deepest thanks!!!

  3. Thanks for making me part of your blessing this year , there are much and much i receive through the messages . God bless you and the Christian Famlies with you.

  4. I’m so glad to find your site! I needed some inspiration to bring Palm Sunday to a very very young audience. This is just exactly what I needed to hear and think about. Thank You!

    • Thank you, Pastor! I often checks these out to lead the children’s message Sunday mornings. You are a blessing and an inspiration! Don’t stop!

      Pastor Joy
      Community United Church
      Erie, PA

    • Mary,

      Thanks for the question. The search function is something I am still trying to figure out. Need to do more reading on Tagging posts, and the like.

      For now, the best way I have found to search is to put what you are looking for in quotes, which searches for the entire text. Another option is to look at the lectionary page here: and find the Sunday that possibly has the text, and search for that Sunday in quotes: “First Sunday in Lent” to see if that brings it up.

      A better search function would make the site more user friendly, and you are not the first to ask… so after Easter (my timeline for everything), I should look.

      What text/scripture are you looking for? I might be able to help.


  5. Happy, Happy Birthday on the 22nd. May God continue to use you and bless you – as you bless others with this important ministry. Make sure you celebrate immediately!

  6. I enjoy your insights and the inspirations they give me. The ideas I have used from here have been very well received. I love your star sticker idea and the God Positioning Star! Thank you for all you share and the work you put into this, it is an invaluable resource to me in my ministry.

  7. I just found your blog and I love the videos and the ideas! I teach in our Parish School on Sunday’s at a Catholic Church in California and sometimes I am at a loss as to what to do with my 4th graders, you have inspired me! Thank you so much

    Many blessings

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  9. Any way to send a donation with a credit card? I don’t have paypal. I’m the minister at trinity United church in collingwood Ontario Canada. Love your work!

  10. Oh, my goodness. Thank you! You pulled my calf out of the fire. I couldn’t get a hold on Exodus 32 with the children, and you’ve struck just the right note. Buzz Lightyear or not.

  11. Always great ideas from this site! This is my go to spot for children sermon ideas! I’m a lay leader and many times have referred to these posts for ideas! Thank you!

  12. Pr. John,
    Thanks for this great, no-prop take on witnessing! This will work quite well, especially because I will be presiding at an infant Baptism this Sunday and can use this to link things together. The kids can be “witnesses” of what happens.

  13. Children’s messages are very important. Thank you for your time and effort with your videos. I tweek your messages to fit my children’s group, and they all love them so much. Thanking God for your life, and continue to be a maker of disciples for Christ. To God be the Glory!

  14. I’m a music director at an Episcopal Church and there are times when I get to lead the children during the service – something I love to do!

    I really enjoy your Dollar Store ideas. There is much inspiration here. Thank you so much for posting these online.

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