26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C
Welcome children to their worship space.
Ask them to get their carpet squares and sit down in a circle.
Introduce yourself and your helpers.
Explain: Today is the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ask: Does anyone remember what we talked about last week? <Hold up the symbol of the heart> We learned about how important it is to trust one another – and to trust God. Being honest and trustworthy shows how much you love and trust God.
Say: Today’s symbol <hold up the symbol> is a Bible.
Explain: Today we are going to talk about how God talks to us.
Ask: Can you tell me some of the ways that you might find out what God wants you to do? <read the bible, pray, listen to your parents or teachers>
Explain: Knowing good behavior and paying close attention to others is a great way to do what God wants us to do.
Say: Let’s look at the poster. What does it say? <Teach me your ways, O Lord.> This is our Responsorial Psalm for today, a psalm of praise.
Say: Saying “Teach me your ways, O Lord” is a way to pray. It is a special kind of prayer asking God for something. This kind of prayer is called a prayer of petition.
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 first letter from Paul to Timothy. (1 Timothy 6:11b–12a) This is a very short piece of St. Paul’s letter that tells us about how we should act. Listen closely and see what you hear today.
Have the reader read the first reading.
Ask: What did you hear? How does God want you to act?
Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm. Your part is to pray the words of praise nice and loud:
Teach me your ways, O Lord.
Say: Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of Luke. (Luke 16:19-31) It is a teaching story that Jesus told the people who were listening to him. Do you remember the name of the stories that Jesus taught with? <parables> It is a story about a man who didn’t pay attention to the people around him. He did not take the time to listen to God’s message. Pretend that you are one of Jesus’ disciples and hearing this story for the first time. Think about what Jesus is saying to you.
Say: Now we will stand to get ready to hear the Gospel
(hold up card) Alleluia! Alleluia!
Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”
Read: Read the Gospel
Say: What happened? <let the children re-tell the story> Why didn’t Abraham let Lazarus go back and tell the others about what happened? <because he said that no one would listen> What do you think? Do you think that we have enough information about how we need to act toward others? Where do we learn about showing love toward other people?
Ask children to add their names to the cutouts (bibles) provided. Remind the children that we are making a poster for each Sunday and that they will sign a cutout and glue it on when they are here.
Hand out the symbols to color and cut out. (The symbol is a Bible).
Explain: Color this symbol of the Bible and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!) to show that we have learned about paying attention and listening to God’s words to us.
Ask the older children to write down one thing they can do this week to show love for other people.
If there is time, review the lesson.
Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.
|Use this graphic for the mid-size banner symbol - Add a ribbon on the dotted line!|
|Use this graphic in a large size for the black-line coloring sheet used as an Offertory gift|
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time C
Today is the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The children listened to simplified versions of the same readings you did: 1 Timothy 6:11b-12a and Luke 16:19-31.
To reinforce at home:
Our focus today was on listening to God. So often we think we already know what God is going to tell us that we forget to listen. Often God speaks to us through Scripture.
Activities to do at home:
*Read your favorite Scripture passage to your child. Help him or her decide how the passage relates to life today.
*Choose a specific time during the week to read Scripture together. Encourage your child to choose their favorite story.
*Show your child how to look up their favorite story in the Bible.
Thank you for sharing your children!