Epiphany, Year A

Gospel Lesson Plan

Because in the mystery of the Word made flesh, you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts, to give the knowledge of your glory in the face of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Book of Common Prayer, page 378)

Accept the light we have received and shine it forth! It is not about shining the light in other’s faces, blinding them, but holding the light in open hands.

Old Testament Lesson Plan

Most of the lessons in this season are from Isaiah.  Isaiah was an educated man, as was Micah.  Isaiah, a member of the nobility, preached justice and love in obedience to God’s call.  It should be explained to the children that someone who had many things thought it was essential that he listen and obey the call of God… to represent his relationship with God through his relationship with others less fortunate.  He was to represent God’s Light to the world and preach about that Light coming into the world.

Year ADateScriptureOld Testament Lesson PlanGospel Lesson Plan
Baptism of the Lord (First Sunday after the Epiphany)Sunday between January 7 and January 13Isaiah 42:1-9
Matthew 3:13-17
The Light of God’s PromiseAnointed with The Holy Spirit and With Power
Second Sunday after the EpiphanySunday between January 14 and January 20Isaiah 49:1-7
John 1:29-42
The Light of ChristFollowing the Light
Third Sunday after the EpiphanySunday between January 21 and January 27Isaiah 9:1-4
Matthew 4:12-23
Changing Darkness into LightA Light has Dawned
Feast of the PresentationFebruary 2Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 2:22-40
n/aA Light to the Nations
Fourth Sunday after the EpiphanySunday between January 28 and February 3Micah 6:1-8
Matthew 5:1-12
Justice, Mercy, Walk HumblyLife-giving Attitudes
Fifth Sunday after the EpiphanySunday between February 4 and February 10Isaiah 58:1-9a, (9b-12)
Matthew 5:13-20
The Light of ChristLet your Light Shine
Sixth Sunday after the EpiphanySunday between February 11 and February 17Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Matthew 5:21-37
Living in CovenantNew Ways for a New Kingdom
Seventh Sunday after the EpiphanySunday between February 18 and February 24Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Matthew 5:38-48
Be Holy, For I am HolyChoosing Peace
Eighth Sunday after the EpiphanySunday between February 25 and February 29Isaiah 49:8-16a
Matthew 6:24-34
I Will Not Forget YouDo Not Worry about Tomorrow
Last Sunday after the EpiphanyExodus 24:12-18
Matthew 17:1-9
Following GodThe Disciples See the Brightness of Jesus