Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jan 25, 2015 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle B

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Welcome children to their worship space.

Ask them to get their carpet squares and sit down in a circle.

Introduce yourself and your helpers.

Introduce

Ask:  Last week’s symbol was a telephone.  We talked about how God calls each of us to do good things like Jesus did and how we answer him.

Say:  Today is the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Introduce symbol
Say:   Today’s symbol is a fish.  The first people to follow Jesus were fishermen.  Does anyone remember what Jesus told them?  He said that he would make them fishers of……… <men>  What do you think that means?  <discuss> 

Say:  Today we will hear some readings about how God changed the lives of those who answered his call to do good things.

Say:  Let’s look at today’s poster.  What does it say? <Teach me your ways, O Lord.>  This is our Responsorial Psalm for today.  The Responsorial Psalms also come from Scripture, from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament.

Ask:  How do you think that God teaches us his ways?  <through other people – parents, teachers, friends, through prayer when we just “know” the right thing to do, through things that we read or see – like the Bible!>  We need to always pay attention so that we can “hear” God when he teaches us!

Introduce readings
We have two readings today.

Say:  Let’s light the candle to show that we are ready to listen to the Word of God.

Say: Today’s first reading is from the Old Testament book of Jonah. (Jonah 3:1-5, 10)  Does anyone here remember anything about Jonah?  <most likely answer - swallowed by a fish>  The story of Jonah is a story about how God helps us to do what he wants us to do. 

Ask:  Can you tell me WHY Jonah was swallowed by a fish?  <discuss>  God wanted Jonah to go and talk to the people who lived in a town called Nineveh. Jonah didn’t want to do that.  The people in Nineveh were so bad that Jonah was afraid to give them God’s message. He traveled in a different direction. But Jonah’s life was changed!  What happened after the fish swallowed Jonah?  <the fish spit him up on the beach after 3 days>  Can anyone tell me where this beach was?  <NINEVEH!!>  Listen to the story and hear what happened next. 

Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask:  What happened when Jonah got to Nineveh?  <the people listened to him and began to follow God>  Even when we are uncomfortable or afraid, when we do what God asks, God will take care of us.  With God’s help, each of us can make a difference in our world.

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
Teach me your ways, O Lord.

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of Mark  (Mark 1:14-20).  Mark tells us about when Jesus called his first disciples.  They were ordinary men who were fishing for a living.  They listened to Jesus and left their work to help teach others about him.  Pretend that you are a fisherman who works with Simon and Andrew.  How do you think you would feel when they left you? <discuss>

Say:  Now we will stand and get ready to hear the Gospel
(hold up card)  Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”

Read:  Read the Gospel

Ask:  How do you think you would feel when the two brothers left you with all the work?  <maybe frustrated, maybe even angry>  We don’t always understand why things work out the way they do.  Sometimes our frustration and our anger closes our ears and hearts to what Jesus had to teach us.
Say:  Jesus asks different things of all of us and he teaches us all about love.  What do you think he was trying to teach the men who were left behind?  <maybe to do more work cheerfully, maybe he called them to follow also and they didn’t hear, maybe to be more patient and tolerant of others>  We all have to live the best lives that we can and try to keep the love that Jesus teaches us in our hearts.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jan 18 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle B

Welcome children to their worship space.

Ask them to get their carpet squares and sit down in a circle.

Introduce yourself and your helpers.
Ask:  Last week’s symbol was a scallop shell.  We talked about how Jesus was baptized and showed us that we should be baptized too.

Introduce symbol
Say:   Today’s symbol is a telephone.  When God calls us, will we hear him?  When we hear his call, will we answer?  These are a couple of questions that we will talk about today.   

Say:  How do you know when God calls you?  <discuss>  It is different for everyone but some things are similar. Usually, it is something that you know is a good thing to do.  Often you think someone else should do it.  When you are in a situation and you have a feeling that you really should do something specific that is good, sometimes that is God on the phone!

Say:  Let’s look at today’s poster.  What does it say? <Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.>  This is our Responsorial Psalm for today.  The Responsorial Psalms also come from Scripture, from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament.

Say:  The psalm today tells us what to say when God calls!  Do you think it is always easy to say YES! to God?  <discuss>

Introduce readings
We have two readings today.

Say:  Let’s light the candle to show that we are ready to listen to the Word of God.

Say: Today’s first reading is from the first Old Testament book of Samuel. (1 Samuel 3:4-10, 19)  In this reading, Samuel is a young boy and he is sleeping.  Listen to the story about how God called Samuel and decide what you would think if God called you in the way God called Samuel.

Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask:  How do you think you would feel if God called you in the way that God called Samuel?  <discuss>  Do you think you would be able to give God the same answer that Samuel gave him?

Say:  God calls us all the time.  Many times we say NO to God when we are tired or don’t feel good.  Can you think of some times when you might say NO to God?  <examples if needed:  being nice to someone that your friends don’t like, skipping Mass on Sunday, pretending to be sick so you don’t have to go somewhere or do your chores>

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of the Apostle John.  (John 1:35-42). John tells of the time that he was called by God to be Jesus’ follower.  Listen to this story and decide if you would act the way John did. 

Say:  Now we will stand and get ready to hear the Gospel
(hold up card)  Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”

Read:  Read the Gospel

Ask:  Do you think it is a normal thing for John to act the way he did?  <not really>  Usually we don’t see someone, leave our homes, and go with him.  Jesus’ apostles heard and saw something that we can’t understand – but it turned out to be a really good thing!  Do you remember when and why you decided to follow Jesus? <discuss> 

Say:  For many of you, you follow Jesus because your parents share God’s call with you.  Remember that we learned a few weeks ago that our families are a gift from God.  God uses them to bring love to you!  And God calls YOU to bring his love to others.  We are all called by God to do his work.

Hand out the poster cut-outs of a phone so that the children can write their names on them for the poster. 

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