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: Today is the 1st Sunday of Lent. The season of Lent officially began last Wednesday on Ash Wednesday. Does anyone know what great feast comes at the end of Lent? <Easter> What else does anyone know about Lent? <discuss>
Explain: Lent is a time to prepare for Easter by getting closer to God. It is a time to think about God and to try really hard to learn more about what God wants us to do. It is a time that is often thought of like the cold of winter that comes before the warmth and beauty of Spring.
During the Sundays in Lent, we will be learning about promises, the promises between God and us.
Ask: Does anyone know what a promise is? <discuss> Another word for promise is covenant. Say “covenant”. How many people are involved in a promise?
Explain: There are always at least 2 people involved in a promise, the one who makes the promise and the one who the promise is made to. There are responsibilities on both sides of the promise.
Say: Today’s symbol <hold up the symbol> is a rainbow. A rainbow represents a special promise that God made to us.
Say: Let’s look at the poster we will make today. What does it say? <Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.> This is our Responsorial Psalm for today. During Lent we will use only one small symbol on our posters, a leaf. You will each put your name on the leaf. During the long wait until Easter, our bare chapel will be like Spring outside with more leaves appearing every week. We will be preparing our hearts for Easter like the world outside is getting ready for Spring.
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 Genesis. (Gen 9:8-15) This reading will be familiar to many of you. It is about a special promise that God made to a man called Noah. Do you remember the new word for Promise? <covenant>
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