Sunday, December 9, 2018

Dec 16, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent Cycle C



Children’s Liturgy Instructions
3rd Sunday of Advent (C)


Welcome children to their worship space.

Ask them to sit down in a circle.

Introduce yourself and your helpers

Remind them why we come together to hear the readings. 

Ask:  Today is the third Sunday of Advent.  Do you remember what color candle we light this week?  <pink>  And what does the color pink stand for here in church?  <joy>  Why are we joyful?  <because the long wait for Jesus is almost over> 

Introduce the symbol
Say:   (Hold up symbol)  Does anybody know what this is?  (a shell )  Do you remember from the Jesse tree who the shell represents?  <John the Baptist>

Attach the symbol to the banner.

Introduce readings
 
Explain: Our first reading is from the Old Testament, from the book of the prophet Zephaniah.  (Zeph 3:14-15)  In the Old Testament, there is a tremendous amount of history of God’s people.  We have heard many Old Testament stories about waiting.  What were they waiting for?  <the coming of a king, or one who would save them>
When did our Scripture called the Old Testament end?  <at the birth of Jesus, the beginning of the New Testament>  Now what are we waiting for? <for Jesus to come back again>
Say:  Now we will have the first reading (light three of the candles - 2 purple and one pink)

Have the first reading

Say:  Next we will have the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part will be to say:
Cry out with joy and gladness for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.  (hold up the poster)

Have reader read the psalm

Say:  The Gospel reading today is from the New Testament, from the gospel according to Luke (Luke 3:10-16, 18).  Again this week, we hear about John the Baptist.  People kept coming to him and asking how they should behave.  He was such a good man that people wondered if he were the Messiah everyone was waiting for.  Let’s listen to what John had to say and how he answered their questions.
Say:  Now we will stand so that we can hear the Gospel  
Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Read:  Read the Gospel

Discuss: What did John have to say?  What does he tell us to do?  <to share, to do what we are supposed to do and to be nice to people.  He says to be fair and to be satisfied with what we have.>   Was John the Messiah?  <no>  Who is?  <Jesus>
Hand out the small shell symbols so that the children can write their names on them and glue them to the poster.

Hand out the symbols of a shell to color and cut out to show what you have learned about how to prepare ourselves for Jesus. 

Encourage: Suggest that those who are able write one thing they can do to follow Paul’s and John’s advice. (like be nice to a sibling, obey a parent with a smile, give the last cookie to someone, etc.)

While they are coloring, explain how we will go back into the church, up to the front with our gifts and rejoin our families.

Count out the parent letters and hand-outs to go home. 

Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.

Use this graphic for all 3 symbols





Parent Letter
3rd Sunday Advent  C


              Today is the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time.  Your children have heard a simplified version of two of the same reading you heard: Zephaniah 3:14-15; Luke 3:10-16, 18

To reinforce at Home:

In Zephaniah, we have another Old Testament reading about waiting.  We reminded the children that before Jesus’ birth, the Jewish people had a long tradition of waiting for their deliverance.  They had many differing perceptions of how they would be delivered.  Many prophets foretold that God’s promise of deliverance would one day come true.

In the Gospel today, we hear again about John the Baptist.  He, too, preached about waiting for God’s promised one.  John told the people (and us!) what to do while we wait.  He told us to be kind, to share our goods and to love each other.  Today’s symbol is the scallop shell – a symbol of St John the Baptist and of the sacrament of Baptism.

Activities to do at Home:
* Celebrate!  St. John was the prophet who ushered in Jesus’ ministry.  When you light the pink candle in your Advent wreath today, pray that you remember John’s message of love during your journey to be ready for Jesus.

* Perform a random act of kindness this week.  Help your child think of someone they do not particularly like that they could do something nice for.
 
*Make time for something your family likes to do. Your Advent journey is moving along.  Is there something you’d like to do that you haven’t done yet?  Now is the time to make sure you do it before the season ends!




Thank you for sharing your children



Sunday, December 2, 2018

Dec 9, 2018 Second Sunday Advent Cycle C



Children’s Liturgy Instructions
 

Welcome children to their worship space.

Ask them to sit down in a circle.

Introduce yourself and your helpers 

Remind them why we come together to hear the readings.

Ask:  Today is the second Sunday in Advent.  Does anybody know how many Sundays there are in Advent? (Four altogether)  And then what feast do we celebrate? (Christmas - the birth of Jesus)  Which candles do we light today?  <two purples>  Why purple?  <to remind us that we are waiting and preparing>

Introduce the symbol
Say: (Hold up symbol - footprint)  Does anybody know what this is?  (footprint)  This footprint represents a journey.  What is a journey?  <a trip>  Has anyone ever taken a trip before?   Are they fun? 
If you were walking on your trip, would it be easier to travel over a rocky area or over a smooth road?  <smooth>

Explain:  Our lives are like journeys or trips.  We start at one place - as babies - and end somewhere else entirely - as grown-ups.  Sometimes our life is like a rocky field and sometimes it’s like a smooth road.  And sometimes, not always, we can do something about what kind of road we walk on.
Attach the symbol to the banner.

Introduce readings:

Explain: Our first reading is from the Old Testament, from the book of the prophet Baruch ( Bar 5: 1-5, 7).  Baruch was a friend of the prophet Jeremiah whose reading we listened to last week.  He speaks to Jerusalem (and to us) and tells us about the time when Jesus comes.  Listen and see if you can remember something Baruch shares with us.
Say:  Now we will have the first reading (light the two purple candles)

Have the first reading

Ask:  Baruch says to ”exchange your robes of sorrow and suffering for those glorious garments God has given you forever”  What could that mean?  <To stop being sad and discouraged, to joyfully get ready, to have faith>  Our faith and love shows God’s love and power to others.

Say:  Next we will have the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part will be to say:
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.  (hold up poster)

Have reader read the psalm
Say:  The Gospel reading today is from the New Testament, from the gospel according to Luke (Luke 3:1a, 2-6).  Luke tells us about a relative of Jesus who spent a lot of time telling people to get ready.  This person tells us to make our paths straight for the Lord.  Listen closely and see if you know who this person is.

Say:  Now let’s stand up so we can hear the Gospel

Alleluia, Alleluia

Read:  Read the Gospel

Discuss:  Who is this person?  <John the Baptist>  Which relative was he - a brother or uncle or what?  <cousin>  What does it mean to make a straight path for the Lord?  <to be good and get bad thoughts and actions out of our way>

Hand out the poster and Offertory symbols to color and cut out. 

Explain: Write your name on the small footprint and hand that back to me.  Color the large footprint to show what you have learned about the journey of life and preparing for the coming of Jesus. 
Encourage:  If there are some older children, encourage them to think of things they can do this week to make the world a better place for Jesus to come back to - and write them on the back of their symbol.

While they are coloring, explain how we will go back into the church, up to the front with our gifts and rejoin our families.

Count out the parent letters and hand-outs to go home.  Remind the children that there are things for them to do at home in the parent letters.

Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.

Use this graphic for all three banner symbols





Parent Letter

2nd Sunday Advent  C

Today is the Second Sunday in Advent.  The children listened to simplified versions of two of the same readings you heard: Baruch 5:1-5, 7 and Luke 3:1a, 2-6.

           
To reinforce at home:

Today’s symbol was a footprint!  Life is a journey from one place to another.  We talked about what we can do to make our life more pleasing to God.  John the Baptist came to show us the way.. to introduce us to Jesus.  He declared that he would help make the path straight.  We compared our lives without Jesus to a rocky path and our lives WITH Jesus to a smooth path.

When you light the second purple candle in your Advent wreath today, think about your family Advent journey and pray for Jesus’ guidance.

Activities to do at home:

*Take a walk!  Children think very concretely.  Your child will understand more about “rocky paths” and “smooth paths” when you take a walk together and show the connection. 

*Attitude Adjustment!  Life is not always smooth or easy for people who believe in Jesus and who try to do all the right things.  Help your child understand that when you believe in Jesus, your attitude makes your perception of your situation better!

*Pray!  Do you (or your child) know someone who needs a “smoother” path in their journey of life?  Pray with your child for the people who especially need some help from Jesus right now.

Thank you for sharing your children!