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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God is growing us beyond rules established in previous times. We can not only forego murder but even our rage. The kingdom of heaven is here now, and we can access the power to choose self-control.

Called to be salt! Who we choose to be, seasons our community; and what we focus upon, casts light. The call: don’t just do something, Be!

We make it so complicated. The prophet Micah told us: “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God”. Jesus invites us to follow him and describes the attributes of those who follow. Where does Jesus go? What does he value...

The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And what does Jesus say? The kingdom of heaven has come near. What is this kingdom of heaven and how do we get ready to receive it?

The transfer of power: “Behold the Lamb of God!” exclaims John the Baptist. He now knows for sure that this man that he has baptized (his cousin) is the long expected Messiah. John is no longer the lone voice crying in the wilderness....

Power. What power do we call upon to do the work we have been given to do?  And where do we defer to a person with greater power? Jesus honors the sphere of John the Baptist’s authority and then accepts the power now clearly his after...

The visit of the wise ones to the Christ Child. Christmas carols and cards have embossed the bare bones story Matthew provides. So we probably see three kings riding camels and dressed in elegant robes with fancy crowns. The wise ones...

Mountaintop experiences! Moses received the Law — to obey. Jesus is revealed as the person — to follow.

A day back from the annual trip to Jerusalem for Passover, Joseph and Mary check with their extended family. Suddenly they realize that their young son, Jesus, is not with any of them. They race back to Jerusalem, frantically searching...

Here we have Salvation history in a nutshell. In the beginning was the "Word." Word as verb: moving, creating, redeeming. Word: creating since the beginning, now here as an infant. The prophets proclaimed this would happen, right...

A star so bright it commanded the attention of wise men from far away and from a very different faith tradition. Tenaciously, these wise ones followed a star to a very different land and humbly knelt before the infant. Who did they...

“Go!” said the angel. Joseph had learned he could trust the angel. And yet, he put his sleep-deprived wife and infant son on the back of a donkey and plodded all the way into Egypt? He had to trust and go if the infant was to survive...

Mary has simply accepted the message the angel gave her. Now she goes to the one other woman on the planet with whom she can talk: her elderly cousin, Elizabeth, who is expecting a baby whose name will be John. Blessed is she who...

Convicted by John the Baptist's message, "Get ready!" the people ask, "What then should we do?" As we wait, how will we get ready? Yes, the packages have to get wrapped. Yet John invites us to "bear fruits worthy of repentance."...

The people who came out to hear John the Baptist would have recognized the Isaiah passage he was proclaiming. Did these people notice that something was not quite right in their lives? Apparently so, why else would they have come out...

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