Lesson Plans That Work: Fifth Sunday in Lent

Lesson Plans That Work: Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 31, 2014
Shannon Kelly

lptwWe are currently in Lent, Year A so we have Lesson Plans for both the Gospel readings and the Old Testament (Track One) readings.

Gospel Lesson: Getting Free from What Keeps Us Bound
Scripture: John 11:1-45

He has been in the tomb for four days, Martha reminds Jesus. Yet Jesus stands before the tomb and cries in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” Then Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” Where are we bound? What is keeping us from getting unbound?

Old Testament Lesson: Prophets Bring Hope
Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14

Living in Babylon during the time of the Exile, Ezekiel’s visions and prophecies gave his fellow Israelites encouragement and support. He put the events of destruction and capture in a theological context, assured the people that God was still with them, and provided hope for return and restoration. The Book of Ezekiel is noted for its thorough chronological notations, vivid imagery, and beautiful prose and poetry. The Lectionary reading of Ezekiel connects to the Baptismal Rite’s forgiveness of sins and new life through baptism. “Heavenly Father we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and raised them to the new life of grace.” [Book of Common Prayer, p. 308]

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