Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dec 21, 2014 4th Sunday of Advent

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4th Sunday Advent  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.

Introduce

             Say:  Today is the 4th Sunday of Advent.  Can someone tell me about the next time we come to Mass?  Which feast will we celebrate?  <discuss the Christmas plans at your church> 

Ask:  What was the symbol for last week?  <scallop shell>  We talked about Isaiah and John the Baptist and how we are all waiting for Jesus to come.

Introduce symbol

Say:  This is the symbol for this week (hold up the symbol), This is a special word -  YES!.  Both Isaiah and John the Baptist said YES! to God.  Today we are going to talk about another special person who said YES! to God.

Say:  Let’s look at the poster.  What does it say? <God is king of all the earth!>  This is our Responsorial Psalm for today.  The Responsorial Psalms also come from Scripture, from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament.

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:  The first reading today is taken from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans (Romans 16:25-27).  St. Paul wrote his letters to the people in the early church after Jesus’ death and resurrection.  They had no telephones or email so he wrote all these letters that are part of our Bible today. His letters are not only for those people long ago.  They are for us too!  St. Paul reminds us about the prophets who wrote about the coming of the King.  And he reminds us how lucky we are that Jesus came to us and made all the prophecies come true.

Have the reader read the first reading.

Say:  What is different about what St Paul writes and what Isaiah wrote?  

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dec 14, 2014 3rd Sunday of Advent

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3rd Sunday Advent Cycle B
December 14, 2014

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

             Say:  This the 3rd Sunday in Advent.  Did anyone notice anything different in the church today?  <the pink candle in the Advent wreath>  Why do you think we light a pink candle today? <discuss>  The pink candle stands for joy.  Purple is a serious color – to remind us to be good and work hard to be closer to God. Pink is a happy color.  We use it today on the 3rd Sunday of Advent to show that the waiting is almost over.  Jesus’ birthday is almost here!

Ask:  Last week’s symbol was a footprint.  Does anyone remember what we talked about?  <’the path to Jesus’>  We talked again about waiting for Jesus and what we have to do to ‘stay on the path’ to him.  We talked things we can do to get closer to God. 

Introduce symbol
Say:   Today’s symbol is a scallop shell.  Can anyone tell me what the scallop shell symbolizes?  <let the children answer>  The scallop shell symbolizes two things:  baptism and John the Baptist.   

Say:  We talked a little bit about John the Baptist last week.  Does anyone remember anything about John? <he was Jesus’ cousin, he ate grasshoppers & wore animal skins, he lived in the desert – and he told everyone that Jesus was coming to save the world> 

Ask:  Last week, we also heard from another prophet who lived many years before John.  Does anyone remember who that was?  <Isaiah>  How was Isaiah like John?  <they both talked about the coming of the Messiah to save the world>

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

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 the prophet Isaiah. (Isa 61:1-2) Isaiah tells the people (and us!) that God sent him to tell others about God.  The Israelites who listened to Isaiah were not happy.  Many were slaves and had to do what others told them to do.  They often did not have enough to eat.  Pretend you are an Israelite and listen to the words of Isaiah. See how they make you feel.

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