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Lesson Palm Sunday

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April 05, 2020

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Spring 2020

by Suzanne Gosselin
Mark 14:32-65; 15:16-18

upper elementary

Students will watch a video about obedient dogs and one that has a mind of its own to introduce them to the lesson topic on becoming obedient to God’s will.

Lesson Palm Sunday

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April 05, 2020

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Spring 2020

by Jill Meek
Mark 15:16-37; Hebrews 10:19-22

middle school

Students will consider the cost of acting on behalf of others as they watch a video about volunteer drivers in China helping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lesson Palm Sunday

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April 05, 2020

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Spring 2020

by Caroline Ferdinandsen
Luke 23:46; Colossians 3:15—4:6

high school

Students will view a series of famous protest photographs and discuss what often motivates people to act.

Lesson Palm Sunday

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April 05, 2020

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Spring 2020

by RLD Editorial Team
Isaiah 42:1-9

adult

Celebrate God’s establishment of justice for all people.

Lesson Palm Sunday

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April 05, 2020

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Spring 2020

by RLD Editorial Team
Isaiah 42:1-9

echoes adult

Celebrate God’s establishment of justice for all people.

Lesson 5

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March 29, 2020

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Spring 2020

by Nance Keyes
Matthew 26:23-25, 31-35, 57-75; John 21:15-17

upper elementary

Students will contemplate failure and find that with God even the worst failure can be forgiven—again and again.

Lesson 5

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March 29, 2020

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Summer 2020

by Kelsey Grulke
John 20:19-29

middle school

Students will watch unbelievable sports plays and begin to discuss how easy it is to doubt what we can’t see.

Lesson 5

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March 29, 2020

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Spring 2020

by Jill Meek
Ephesians 4:8-13; Romans 8:31-34; 1 John 2:1-2

high school

Students will consider the difference good provisions can make as they explore how Jesus acts on our behalf and graciously gives us what we need.

Lesson 5

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March 29, 2020

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Spring 2020

by RLD Editorial Team
Malachi 2:1-9; 3:5-7a

adult

Need for Just Leaders

Lesson 5

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March 29, 2020

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Spring 2020

by RLD Editorial Team
Malachi 2:1-9; 3:5-7a

echoes adult

Need for Just Leaders

Lesson 4

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March 22, 2020

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Spring 2020

by Lea Vaverchak
John 13:1-17; 14:15-31

upper elementary

Students will watch a video about an eight year old who wanted to serve his classmates by paying off their lunch debt as they explore what it looks like to serve one another in love.

Lesson 4

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March 22, 2020

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Spring 2020

by Caroline Ferdinandsen
Matthew 26:36-41, 47, 56; 27:35-36, 45-46

middle school

After watching a video about what it means to be popular, your students will discuss the feelings surrounding popularity, friend groups, and loneliness.