Lesson Plans That Work: Proper 17

Lesson Plans That Work: Proper 17

August 25, 2014
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Lifelong Formation

lptwSunday, August 31 is Proper 17, Year A. Lesson Plans are included for both the Gospel and Old Testament.

Gospel Lesson: Stumbling Block
Scripture: Matthew 16:21-28

“From that time on…” this phrase signifies a shift in the Gospel of Matthew. After last week’s lesson where Peter professes that Jesus is the Messiah, we turn this week to Jesus getting down to business telling them what that means. Being the Messiah doesn’t mean that he is above anyone, but rather that he is one who is living out what he has been professing in his teachings, miracles, and parables. Peter does not want to believe that this is possible and wants to save him from this. Jesus reprimands him, saying that even though he had professed him as Messiah, he clearly doesn’t understand what that will mean.

Old Testament Lesson Plan: Answering God’s Call
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15

This may be one of the best known stories in the Bible. The story of Moses and the burning bush is not only a great story, but the first story we hear of someone being called to be a prophet. The first story of God calling someone to speak on God’s behalf, to do the work of God, to be the voice of God in the world. How is it that we are now answering God’s call and coming off the mountaintop to do God’s work?

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Lesson Plans that Work is a part of the Episcopal Digital Network that hosts free curriculum and resources that are published online by The Episcopal Church.

Each week, you will find lesson plans for young children (non-readers), older children (grade school age children), and adults. Inter-generational lesson plans are available at the beginning of each season and for many major feast days throughout the liturgical year. In addition to these weekly lesson plans, you can find special lesson plans that celebrate saints, events, or commemorations throughout the year.

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