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This topic lists Bible stories that are typically taught during Lent and provides links to lessons and resources about them here at

For example, "The Temptation in the Wilderness."

This topic also lists the stories used in the Lectionary with links to resources on those stories.

Feel free to post a Bible story and why/how you think it could be taught during Lent.

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For your convenience, here are links to ALL the "Lent" Bible passages for Years A, B, and C in the Common Lectionary:

Year A (2019-20)    Year B (2020-21)  Year C (2021-22)

Links to Bible lessons at
that match the stories in the Common Lectionary
for the season of Lent

Below we've listed those stories in the Lectionary that we have bunches of lessons and ideas for here at

As you can see, we have numerous Writing Team Lesson Sets that match the stories in the Lectionary. Some of the stories listed in the Common Lectionary have few if any resources here at for the reasons described above.  The Lectionary also recommends passages from Psalms, the Prophets, and New Testament Letters -- many of which are not considered "major" stories suitable for children's Rotation-style Sunday School (or don't make the cut in traditional curriculums).

Ash Wednesday

All three years in the Lectionary reference Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21, Jesus' teaches us to pray humbly, in private, and to fast. Their selection skips over The Lord's Prayer (which is unfortunate because the Lord's Prayer is what Jesus said to privately and humbly pray!

The Writing Team Lord's Prayer lesson set teaches children "why and how" to pray.

Year A (Lent 2020)   

Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus' Temptation in the Wilderness.
Public lesson forum  | Writing Team Lesson Set

John 3:1-17, Nicodemus and Jesus
Public lesson forum | Writing Team Lesson Set

John 11:1-45, Raising of Lazarus
Public lesson forum  | Writing Team Lesson Set

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Adam and Eve
Public lesson forumWriting Team Lesson Set

Exodus 17:1-7, Water from the Rock
Public lesson forumWriting Team Lesson Set

Psalm 23
Public lesson forumWriting Team Lesson Set

Year B (Lent 2021)   

Mark 1:9-15, Baptism of Jesus
Public lesson forum

Genesis 9:8-17, Noah's Ark
Public lesson forum

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, God's Covenant with Abram
Public lesson forum

Exodus 20:1-17, Ten Commandments
Public lesson forum | Writing Team Lesson Set
The Writing Team's Ten Commandments Lesson Set was written during the COVID pandemic to be especially adaptable for easy at-home use. See excerpts and graphics from each lesson.

Year C (Lent 2022)

Luke 4:1-11, Jesus' Temptation in the Wilderness.
Public lesson forum  | Writing Team Lesson Set

Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, The Prodigal Son
Public Lesson Forum

Luke 22:14-23:56, Lord's Supper
Public Lesson ForumWriting Team Lesson Set

Notes and Point of View

The Common Lectionary is used by most major denominations to create a reading and teaching plan of scriptures for every day use and Sunday worship. Many preachers use the Lectionary, for example, to decide what passage to preach.

Many children's curriculums follow the Lectionary -- providing a new lesson each week for teachers that match the passage being used in their church's worship service.

Workshop Rotation Model users and our Writing Team do not use the Common Lectionary for one simple reason: the Lectionary recommends lots of Bible passages that, while they might make good pulpit subjects, simply don't belong in a children's curriculum -- not at the expense of kids really learning the major stories. Rotation Modelers, for whom this site was originally created, focus on teaching the MAJOR stories of the Bible to kids -- each over a period of several weeks to really dig into these stories and remember them. This doesn't leave room for the "minor" stories. This is the opposite of the Lectionary's "one and done" approach that races through the Bible. Learn more about the Rotation Model.


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More Links to Lent-related stories and topics here at

Prayer Resources, Lesson Ideas for Pray/Praying, Praying the Labyrinth, and more can be found in the Teaching Prayer forum at

The importance of scripture: Jesus in the Wilderness   
Public lesson forum  | Writing Team Lesson Set

The importance of prayer: Jesus in the Gethsemane
Public forum | Writing Team lessons

**The story of Jesus praying Gethsemane often gets crowded-out of Holy Week lessons< but its subject matter is A-1 Lenten material -- seeking God's will, praying for help. The ART Workshop "Stepping Stones" project in the Writing Team's Gethsemane lesson set is especially well-suited to be adapted as a Lenten program project.

The Lord's Prayer ~ 7 creative lessons from our Writing Team!

  • Matthew 6:5-13
    How, Where, and Why do we pray?
  • What did Jesus teach us about prayer?
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