God is the Way

Third Sunday in Lent, Year B, Old Testament Lesson

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17

We’ve all heard of the 10 Commandments. Many of the children who will be in class today will have at least heard of the phrase “The 10 Commandments,” but how many of them will know where they came from or understand what they mean for our lives today? Jerome Berryman calls his Godly Play lesson for the 10 Commandments “The 10 Best Ways” as a way of translating for young children the understanding that these rule were meant to instruct the people of Israel in a philosophy that would help them to live as their best selves. The people were wondering in the desert, following Moses out of slavery in Egypt, searching for the land flowing with milk and honey they had been promised. The people were getting tired of wandering and searching and started to rebel against Moses and against God. They had put up with enough and wanted to find immediate gratification for their needs. This made God sad and perplexed Moses, who felt ill equipped to get the people back on track. So God spoke to Moses and gave him these 10 straightforward, but deeply challenging rules to assist the people in following God and honoring the “dignity of every human being.”

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God Promises to be with Moses

Third Sunday in Lent, Year C, Old Testament

Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15

In this week’s lesson, we move forward in time from the story of Abraham, to the time that the people of God are slaves in Egypt. We hear how God calls Moses to lead the people to freedom, and promises to be with Moses as he does this. Through Moses’ action, God will fulfill the promise made to Abraham that his descendants will live in the land that God had given him.

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LPTW Lent 3, Year C, Old Testament, Younger Children
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Cleaning the Temple

Third Sunday in Lent, Year B
Scripture: John 2:13-22

Events teach. Often the learning comes after the event. Jesus teaches with elements that have immediate impact as well as lingering meaning. And they usually land well outside the expected. So, with Passover looming, Jesus goes into the busy temple and proceeds to clean house. “Take these things out of here!” he demands of the money changers, the animal merchants – even those who sold doves. Then he announces: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” A temple that took 46 years to build? Could he mean the temple God has been building since the beginning of time? What “things” need to be removed from our own personal temples?

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Trust in God

Third Sunday in Lent, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7

The Israelites do not yet trust that the Lord will provide for them, and they question Moses’ leadership, as well as vent their fears and frustrations on him. Today’s lectionary story relates to the waters of baptism. “Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our savior.” [Book of Common Prayer, p. 307.]

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LPTW Lent 3, Year A, Younger Children, Old Testament
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She said, “Come and See”

Third Sunday in Lent
Scripture: John 4:5-42

Politically incorrect: she was of a gender without voice and a race without acceptance. Yet she may well have been the first evangelist. “Come and see!” she said. They did, and they believed.

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To Turn, To Repent

Third Sunday in Lent, Year C
Scripture: Luke 13:1-9

To repent means to turn or return after seeing what you have done or not done is wrong. It is a change of mind – turning away from the evil ways, toward the good ways.  The first part of today’s Gospel may seem like another version of the age-old question: why are some people killed in bizarre accidents — and others amazingly spared?

However, today’s lesson is not about good guys or bad guys, but rather about turning your life around so you are ready to meet God.  It is about feeding our souls with the good, nurturing ourselves so we will produce good things, and turning over the soil of our lives so we can begin again and again.

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