Lesson Plans That Work

These lesson plans are written by experienced church teachers using practical approaches to respond to the needs of volunteer teachers. They are designed to follow the Revised Common Lectionary and published by The Episcopal Church.

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Leaving the Mountaintop and answering God’s call

Faith is a lifelong journey, on which every struggle makes us wiser, and stronger.

God helps us overcome all obstacles, no matter how long it takes, so that His plan may be achieved.

The Lord is with us and will keep us wherever we go.

In every family there are differences in gifts, skills and temperaments amongst its members. Jealousy and rivalry may emerge from this, but we are all loved equally by God.

The Lord is faithful in all his words and merciful in all his deeds.” (Psalm 145:15) When we seek God’s guidance, God shows us the way.

God uses tests or challenging situations to strengthen our faith and help us order our priorities correctly. There are three segments to this story in which God challenges Abraham. First God asks Abraham and Sarah to leave their home....

This section of Matthew, known as the Beatitudes, is a type of inaugural address for Jesus.  These words are not a wish, or a dream, but a statement of what the Kingdom of Heaven is, and of how we should begin to treat one another now...

In today's Gospel passage we find Jesus gently preparing his disciples for the coming of the Advocate who will continue the teaching Jesus has begun and reminding them of all they had done together. In today’s passage from Acts the...

The word Pentecost comes from the Greek meaning fiftieth day. This was the Greek name for the Hebrew Feast of Weeks, which took place fifty days after Passover. The Hebrew festival commemorated the calling of the Hebrew people into...

With the Passover completed, the women now come to the tomb to humbly do their work: the broken body of Jesus for burial. They bring the appropriate ointments and spices and their aching hearts. The stone they had worried about trying...

One. Not diluted to a monotonous sameness. One. The abundance of diversity and people choosing to be together. One. Each of us, all of us, with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The Trinity, sufficiently huge, invites each one of us in...

Letting go of the companionship of Jesus to receive him in a larger way. Letting go of certainties to be open to the promised Holy Spirit. Letting go of our need to be in control to trust the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Soon Jesus will not be appearing so concretely to the disciples. So, does he give them a complex strategic plan? No. He gives them a new commandment, and this will cover all they need to do. The world will recognize them as followers...

The voice of Jesus can be hard to hear in the halls of institutions and in the noise of our hectic lives. When we listen attentively we may hear his voice. Then we discover to our awe and delight that he knows each of us by name. He...

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