Lesson Plans That Work: First Sunday in Lent

Lesson Plans That Work: First Sunday in Lent

March 4, 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. On this first Sunday in Lent, we also have an Intergenerational Lesson Plan, noted below.

Gospel Lesson: Seeking Another Way
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11

A good deal of the media around us assures us that if we get it right, wear the latest styles, and gather the most toys we will have arrived. What if there was another way?

Intergenerational Gospel Lesson: Turning to God and One Another
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus understood that he had to face the temptations that come with ministry. He realized he needed to get as vulnerable as possible to assure himself that he could stay grounded. So he fasted to get focus. Vulnerability is the door to both growth and to temptation. Jesus stares down the three temptation biggies: success, prestige, and power. (Concept found in: Radical Grace, Richard Rohr, St. Anthony Messenger Press. 1993. Pages 294-297)

Old Testament Lesson: Saying Yes to God
Scripture: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7

The Book of Genesis starts in primeval history with a mythological account of the beginnings of our relationship with God. The story of the Fall is the second creation story and comes from a different source than the first. It begins the pattern of humanity’s constant choosing to separate from God, despite God’s ongoing invitation to participate in creation. By following our temptations to become our own gods, rather than putting all our trust in God, we open the door to pain and suffering in our own lives and others’. This Lectionary reading reflects the first three renunciations in the Baptismal Rite: “Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God? Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God? Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?” [Book of Common Prayer, p. 302.]

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