Sunday, July 21, 2019

July 28, 2019 Seventeenth Sunday Ordinary Time C



17th Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

Welcome children to their worship space.

Introduce

             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.

Introduce symbol
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.

Introduce readings

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.
 





Parent Letter

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time  C


Dear Parents,

           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!


Sunday, July 14, 2019

July 21, 2019 Sixteenth Sunday Ordinary Time C



16th Sunday of Ordinary Time   Cycle C

Welcome children to their worship space.

Introduce

             Explain: Today is the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

             Ask: Does anyone remember the symbol for last week?  <the Commandment tablets> And what have we been talking about this last few weeks?  <about our responsibility to show God’s love to others>  Does anyone remember from last week when we are supposed to do this?  <right away>  (JUST DO IT!)

Introduce symbol
Say:  Today’s symbol is a hand.  One of the things we are asked to do is serve God.

Ask:  There are many stories in the Bible about people helping each other or serving each other.  Jesus asks us to serve.  What do you think that means?  <discuss the idea of SERVICE> This is what our readings are about today.
Say:  Let’s look at the poster.  What does it say? <The just will live in the presence of 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.
Ask:  Can anyone tell me what the word “just” means in this psalm? <those who are fair and good>  Do you think that those who are “just” are close to God?

Introduce readings

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 Jewish Scripture, Genesis. (Gen 18:1–10a).  It is a story about Abraham and his wife.  Does anyone remember her name?  <Sarah>  This is a story of service and a promise made to Abraham because he was such a good servant.  Listen and see if you can tell me what the promise was.

Have the reader read the first reading.

Ask: What did God promise to Abraham and his wife?  <that they would have a child even though they were very old>  In this story, what was the service that Abraham performed?  <he was hospitable to guests- he served them food and saw that they were comfortable> 

Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of Luke.  (Lk 10:38-42)  Today St Luke tells us about two women who were friends of Jesus.  They were sisters and didn’t always agree with each other.  Does anyone here have a sister or brother that they don’t always agree with?  Listen to this story about a time when Jesus visited their house and what happened. 

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 happened? <discuss>  How was Martha serving? <by preparing food and taking care of her guests> How was Mary serving? <by listening to Jesus>  Why do you think that Jesus said that Mary’s service was more important?  <discuss… because she was learning all that she could, because Martha shows us by her actions and words about Mary that she didn’t quite understand Jesus’ message, because Jesus would not be on earth with them much longer >  Do you think that Jesus was criticizing the work that Martha was doing?  <not at  all, there is a time and place for all kinds of service – it was her thoughts and words that were at fault> 

Hand out the poster & Offertory symbols to color and cut out. (The symbol is a hand).  Ask the children to put their names on the small poster symbols.
 
Explain: Color this symbol of the hand and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about serving God and others.                        

If they can, ask the older children to write something on their symbol a way that they can serve others this week.

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.

 
poster

banner and Offertory symbols



Parent Letter

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time  C


Dear Parents,

           Today is the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time.  The children listened to simplified versions of the same readings you heard: Genesis 18:1-10a and Luke 10:38-42.

To reinforce at home:
Today’s message was about service.  We are all called by our baptism to serve others and we all have different talents to share.  One of the greatest ways to serve is to police our attitudes and criticisms of others, to make sure that we are serving others the best we can and allowing other people to decide for themselves how they can serve.
Activities to do at home:
Mary and Martha both served Jesus in their own ways but Martha’s criticism of Mary showed that she didn’t really understand Jesus’ message about service to others.  Discuss with your child about the different talents we each have and how they can be used to serve God. 
Find a way that your child can use his or her special talent to serve others, e.g. a child who likes to draw could draw a picture as a gift, a good listener could visit an elderly relative, a child who likes to sing could share this talent with someone who is lonely, etc.

Thank you for sharing your children!