17th Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C
Welcome children to their worship space.
Explain: Today is the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Does anyone remember how long this segment of Ordinary Time is? <all the way into October> The Sunday before the season of Advent (when we prepare for Christmas) is the Feast of Christ the King. Ordinary Time is when there are no feasts and no specific preparations going on. We are just learning about Jesus and what he came to share with us.
Ask: Does anyone remember what our symbol was for last Sunday? (hand) And what did we talk about? <service>
Explain: We talked about how serving is sharing Jesus’ love and message with others and that we each have different talents and ways of sharing that love.
Say: Our symbol today is praying hands.
Ask: What is prayer? <talking to and listening to God> What are some ways that we can pray? <have the children make suggestions>.
Say: Today’s readings are about talking to God
Ask: Do you think God wants us to pray, to talk to Him? Why?
Explain: God loves us. We like it when our friends and family talk to us- God wants us to talk to him too.
Say: Let’s look at the poster. What does it say? <Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me > This is our Responsorial Psalm for today. The Responsorial Psalms also come from Scripture, from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament.
Say: Let’s light the candle to show that we are ready to listen to the Words of God.
Say: Today’s first reading is from the book of Genesis (Gen 18:20–32) Today we are going to hear a story about God talking to Abraham about destroying a town filled with really wicked people. Let’s listen to the scripture reading and see what we can learn about how much God really loves people and listens to them.
Have the reader read the first reading.
Ask: What happened? <God was really disappointed with the behavior of these people> How does this reading show us about God’s love? < it shows that he really didn’t want to destroy his people – he really wanted the people to listen to him and obey him> It also shows that God listens to prayer. He listened to Abraham.
Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm. Your part is to say:
Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.
Say: Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of Luke. (Lk 11:1-11) This reading is about a time that Jesus was teaching the people who constantly surrounded him. He told everyone – like he tells us today in scripture- to love and praise God. He talks about God’s love for us and he teaches us to pray. In this reading, he uses a PARABLE- a story used to teach a message- to show us how much God loves us. Listen for 2 things – to see if you know the prayer Jesus taught us and to hear the PARABLE and see if you understand it.
Say: Now we will get ready to hear the Gospel. Please stand up.
Say together: Alleluia, Alleluia.
Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”
Read: Read the Gospel
Ask: What was the prayer? <the words are different so the children may not have picked up on the “Our Father”> What was the PARABLE? <about a person who was awakened in the middle of the night by a friend> What do you think Jesus was telling us? <he told us to be persistent, to never give up> God always hears our prayers and he will always answer them. Sometimes the answer doesn’t quite look the way we think it should but it he always answers.
Hand out the poster & Offertory symbols to color and cut out. (The symbol is praying hands). Ask the children to put their names on the small poster symbols.
Explain: Color this symbol of the praying hands and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!) to show that we have learned about praying to God.
If there is time, ask questions and go over the lessons one more time to help the children remember.
Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.
Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time C
The children listened today to the same readings you did: Genesis 18:20-32 and Luke 11:1-10.
To reinforce at home:
Today’s readings are all about prayer and how God listens and answers us. Sometimes it’s hard to believe this because we like to be in control and don’t always recognize the answers he sends us. Help your children see the blessings that surround your family in answer to your prayers.
Activities to do at home:
Share with your child about a time when you prayed for something specific and things did not go the way you planned for them to go. Help your child see where God really did answer and how his answer was better than the one you thought you wanted.
In today’s passage in Luke, Jesus taught us to pray the OUR FATHER. The Children’s Lectionary that we use has simplified language. Read this passage to your child from your Bible at home so that they can recognize the language we use in church each week. If they don’t already know this prayer, help them to learn it.
Thank you for sharing your children!