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Blessed you are -- Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: Before class, ask if each child can bring a baby picture or another picture that can be us
The big book -- Luke 10:17-20
Teachers or Parents: In case you didn't know it, angels are
Who is Jesus -- who am I? -- Mark 8:27-38 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - B
Teachers: Jesus asks his disciples the question: "Who do
The Spirit is like the wind -- John 3:1-17 -- Second Sunday in Lent - A
Materials:Construction paper or other heavy paper (the more colorful the better)
Are you a good steward? -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
"Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very l
Clean heart pledge -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
Teachers or Parents: You've heard of celebrating Christmas in
Forgiveness certificate -- Matthew 18:21-35 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - A
Teachers: This lesson is about forgiveness. Jesus said to
Seeing Jesus -- John 20:1-18 -- Easter Day - A
Teachers or Parents: Children are often focused on the wrong
Good soil -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A
Today we hear the parable of the sower. The imagery in the lesson is both rich and subtle.
"Finding that which was lost" -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C
Teachers or Parents: These parables about finding something
Scared by the light -- Matthew 17:1-9 -- Transfiguration Sunday - A
Teachers or Parents: Learn the hymn, "What A Friend We Have In
Be different from the world -- Luke 9:51-62 -- Proper 8 | Ordinary Time 13 - C
What does it mean to be different from the world?
The truth will make you free -- John 8:31-36 -- Reformation Sunday - B
Teachers or Parents: Reformation Sunday provides us a wonderful
Who gives the most? -- Mark 12:38-44 -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B
Materials Lace Pennies Glue Instructions
"Who's number one?" -- Luke 10:38-42 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - C
Teachers or Parents: Children need to learn about
One grain -- John 12:20-33 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B
Teachers or Parents: Easter comes in two weeks. Plant a bean
Spreading fame -- Luke 7:11-17 -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C
Teachers or Parents: Who doesn't like knowing someone famous?
The Temple library -- Luke 2:41-52 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - C
Teachers: Since this is the last Sunday of the year, a good connecting activity to the lesson is to
Prepare the way -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: Make this Sunday's activity a time for your students
Jesus and children -- Mark 9:30-37 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - B
Teachers: Jesus talks about children in this lesson. He took a
Quenching a thirst -- John 4:5-42 -- Third Sunday in Lent - A
Materials:Empty soup cans with the sharp edges removed (one per child)
Take care of others -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C
There are two men in today's lesson. One is wealthy and has everything he needs.
Kingdom of heaven clock -- Matthew 20:1-16 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A
Teachers: Jesus tells a parable, which involves different times of
Shalom -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - A
Teachers or Parents: The Bible tells us that the peace of
Good fruit -- Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A
Another day, another parable. In today's parable, a man plants a field of good wheat.

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Meanings of names -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2007
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above
In harmony -- Romans 15:4-13 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony
Your heart -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into
Passing the peace -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C -- 2007
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in
The last supper -- Luke 22:14-23, 56 -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2007
He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I
Sandals -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is
Back home -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow
Praying for each other -- Colossians 1:1-14 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2007
In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus
A special gift -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2007
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus
Sandals -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Materials:
Pray for your leaders -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2007
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and
Caring for others -- Luke 10:25-37 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2007
"Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into
Feet washing -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2007
So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash
Let it rain -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives th
Responsibility -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2007
Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is
Provoking others -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Good Friday - C -- 2007
And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not
Now or later? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
... and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" (v.
Sharing riches -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty,
Jesus' hangout -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Good Friday - C -- 2007
After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the
We are chosen -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
... including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. (v. 6)
The Bible -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
He [Abraham] said to him, "If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets,
In order -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 2007
But each in his order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who
The greatest -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. (v. 11)
Healing -- 2 Timothy 1:1-14 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2007
For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you
In the tomb -- John 20:1-16 -- Easter Day - C -- 2007
He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did
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First Sunday in Lent - A
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For March 1, 2020:
  • Right, Wrong, Whatever by Dean Feldmeyer — The fruit of the forbidden tree in the Eden story represents more than disobedience; it represents moral responsibility and Adam and Eve are hungry for it.
  • Second Thoughts: What Happens in the Silence by Mary Austin — Lent’s invitation is to love the quiet the way Jesus does, and to meet up with him there.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
For March 1, 2020:
  • Right, Wrong, Whatever by Dean Feldmeyer — The fruit of the forbidden tree in the Eden story represents more than disobedience; it represents moral responsibility and Adam and Eve are hungry for it.
  • Second Thoughts: What Happens in the Silence by Mary Austin — Lent’s invitation is to love the quiet the way Jesus does, and to meet up with him there.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Sandra Herrmann
The scriptures for today bind together the beginning of sin in the world, our salvation from sin, and Jesus’ own vulnerability to the temptation of the devil. We see that the devil is very clever (or that we can be very clever in fooling ourselves about our motives and the possible ramifications of our attitudes and actions).  
First Sunday in Lent - A
Ron Love
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Mark Ellingsen
Bill Thomas
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Ash Wednesday - A
Mark Ellingsen
Ash Wednesday is time to stress our sorrow for sin and the way out, a chance to stimulate our awareness of sin as well as the need for and urgency of repentance, along with a Word of God’s forgiveness.

Joel 2:1-2,12-17
Ash Wednesday - A
Mark Ellingsen
Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
Joel 2:1-2,12-17 
With the Presidential Primaries starting to shift into high gear, it is time for Americans to get serious about politics and the future of our nation, to seek to right the nation’s wrongs. For John Calvin this lesson is a message of urgency that we need.  He wrote:

The object of the narrative then, is to make the people sensible, that it was now no time for taking rest... (Calvin’s Commentaries, Vol.XIV, p.44)

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Bethany Peerbolte
Jesus sets the bar high by resisting temptation even from the imagination of the devil. To show just how amazing that accomplishment is this lesson will put temptation in each kids’ hands. You may have seen the videos of kids in a room alone with a marshmallow. They are challenged to not eat the marshmallow then left alone in the room. The kids obviously struggle with the temptation to eat the marshmallow. For this lesson you can use marshmallows or Oreos, both are relatively allergen free.
Ash Wednesday - A
Bethany Peerbolte
Lent can be an odd time for church kids. They are intuitive and can sense that something has changed. If we do not seek to explain why the mood and tone of the community has changed it can be a scary time. We talk more about death, especially Jesus dying, so we need to prepare kids for what is coming.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
David O. Bales
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"Thorough Temptation Of The Thoroughly Human" by David O. Bales
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Thorough Temptation of the Thoroughly Human
by David O. Bales
Matthew 4:1-11
Ash Wednesday - A
Peter Andrew Smith
John knocked at the door and waited. His heart was pounding in his chest and he was sweating. He wouldn’t be surprised if Suzy slammed the door into his face. What he had done to her, what he had done to their marriage, was simply unforgivable. His heart leapt when the door started to open and he froze when Suzy’s father, Mark, stood before him. From the look on his father-in-law’s face there was no doubt that he knew what John had done.

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First Sunday in Lent - A
Janice B. Scott
We in the West have an interesting culture in which we quite like to be shocked. Many of us enjoy films which are shocking to a greater or lesser degree, and it sometimes seems to be that the higher the rating, the more popular the film. Even huge natural or man-made disasters have a worrying degree of entertainment value in the way they are presented to us over and over again on our television screens. We meanwhile sit in our armchairs munching our chocolates feeling scandalised or shocked or disturbed, but seldom switching off the set.

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Ash Wednesday - A
Elizabeth Achtemeier
Sometime between 500 and 350 B.C., post-exilic Israel experienced a devastating locust plague, followed by a drought. That experience is described in Joel chapter 1. And certainly the people suffered under the dreadful effects of those disasters. But the message of the prophet Joel -- prompted not by the natural disasters, but given him as a revelation from the Lord -- is that the Israelites face a still more terrible disaster if they do not repent and return to their God. "The day of the Lord is coming, it is near" (2:1).

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