Lent, Year C

Gospel Lesson Plans

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy: Come, let us adore him. (Antiphon for Lent, Book of Common Prayer, page 81.) And what if, during this season of Lent, we sought a deeper understanding of this amazing gospel of grace? Will that image of grace energize us to do the spiritual housekeeping we need to be ready for the “new thing” God is doing in Easter?

Old Testament Lesson Plans

Lent is a reflective season – an opportunity to go deep within ourselves and focus on our relationship with God and with others. The forty days of Lent remind us of the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert following his baptism, pondering who he was and what he was to do. They also remind us of the forty years that the people of God wandered in the desert following the Exodus from Egypt, learning how to be the community of the people of God. The Hebrew Scripture lessons in year C focus on the covenants or promises that God made with the people of God. Like Jesus, we choose to enter this time of “desert,” in order to remember the promises of God, hear the stories of ways in which they were fulfilled (hint: They didn’t always look the way the people expected!), and the ways in which we are called to participate in those promises in our own time – to discover who we are in God and what we are to do.

Day GospelGospel Lesson PlanOld Testament/Acts Lesson
First Sunday in LentFebruary 14Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Luke 4:1-13
Facing TemptationsRemembering and Anticipation
Second Sunday in LentFebruary 21Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Luke 13:31-35
As a Hen Gathers Her ChicksGod Promises Abram and Sarai
Third Sunday in LentFebruary 28Exodus 3:1-15
Luke 13:1-9
To Turn, To RepentGod Promises to be with Moses
Fourth Sunday in LentMarch 6Joshua 5:9-12
Luke 15:1-3,11b-32
Amazing GraceRemembering
Fifth Sunday in LentMarch 13Isaiah 43:16-21
John 12:1-8
When to Store Up and When to Pour OutGod is Doing a New Think!
Palm SundayMarch 20Isaiah 50:4-9a
Luke 22:14—23:56 or Luke 23:1-49
Palm SundayThe Suffering Servant