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April 30, 2017 • 3rd Sunday of EasterSunday Readings: Acts 2.14, 22-33; 1 Peter 1.17-21; Luke 24.13-35Teaching GuideOVERVIEWIn Sunday’s Gospel it is still Easter evening. Some of Jesus’ followers have left Jerusalem and are walking toward the town of Emmaus. They meet a stranger who walks along with them. When the conversation turns to the events in Jerusalem, the stranger explains how the scriptures show that anyone coming in God’s name would have to suffer at the hands of humanity. The stranger’s words rekindle the hope of the disciples that Jesus might be the Messiah God had promised.But it is not until the stranger eats with them and blesses the bread they share that the disciples recognize it is Jesus they have been with all along. Seeds helps children recognize that they also know Jesus. They know his stories, they arein his presence in the parish Eucharist, and they make him present in their friends and families through loving actions.MATERIALS: Pencils, scissors, Seeds music CD, CD player, ribbon. SHARING LIFE STORIESOBJECTIVE: The children will recognize that a party is for sharing.1.SINGING Beginclassbygatheringthechildreninacircle, holding hands. If you have purchased a Seeds CD, sing “We Are Easter People.” If you do not have the CD, teach the song to the children yourself. It goes to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”—Alleluia! Alleluia!Is our song, is our song.We are Easter people. We are Easter people. Sing along, sing along.2. OPENING PRAYER Have the children remain standing while you say the following prayer. Children answer, “Amen.” Jesus, you liked to eat meals with your friends and talk with them. In our Seeds class, we talk about you and share food witheach other. Thank you for giving us friends and for being our friend.3. STORY: Who Is Coming? Stay in the circle and tell or read this story to the children—When Marty’s dad picked him up from day care, he said, “Someone special is coming for supper tonight.” “Who isit?” Marty asked. “Wait until we get home and see if you can guess,” his dad said. When they got home Marty ran into the kitchen. “Hi, Marty,” said his mom. She picked him up and gave him a big hug and kiss. “Who is coming for supper?” Marty asked. “Try to guess,” said his mom. Marty looked in the oven to see what Mom was cooking. The oven wasn’t even turned on! Then Marty looked out the sliding glass doors to the backyard. There was smoke coming from the barbecue. Marty opened the refrigerator. There was a pack of hot dogs and a pack of bratwurst on the bottom shelf. “Is the special person a kid like me?” Marty asked. “No,” said Dad. “Who else likes hot dogs and brats?” Marty wondered. Just then Mom brought outa big green can. She handed the can to Dad, who used the can opener to get the top off. As soon as the can was open, Marty knew who was coming. “It’s Uncle Bob!” Marty said. “He likes hot dogs and brats and he loves sauerkraut!” Just then the doorbell rang, and Marty ran to let in the special guest.4. ACTIVITY: A party is for sharing Gather the children at their work spaces. Ask these questions—• When have you had a guest at your house for dinner?• Who was it?• Who invited that person?• How did you get ready for the person to come?Then stretch the children’s imaginations. Ask: Who would you like to have come to dinner more than anyone else? Encourage far-ranging answers. Ask children what they would talk about with their guest and what they would eat. Then distribute Seeds and ask children to turn to page 2. Ask the children to describe the page to you. A boy and a girl are sitting around a table. There are three other people there, but we don’t know whothey are. Around the outside are foods and party decorations and presents. Read the title aloud and tell the children you will distribute pencils so they can draw in the faces of people they would like at their party. When everyone has completed that task, have them draw the foods they would like on the table, or simply circle the small drawings of items they want at their party. Gather in the story circle when everyone is finished and have each child who wishes describe his or her party to the group.5. MARCH AND SING Use the Seeds CD song “Today’s a Special Day” to carry on the celebration theme. You can sing it to Jesus to celebrate his being back with his friends after his death. This song lends itself to marching and cheering, activities that will enable your children to work off a little energy and be ready to listen to the Gospel.LISTENING TO THE GOSPELOBJECTIVE: The children will hear how Jesus’ friends recognized him when he broke and shared bread with them.6. GOSPEL STORY WARM-UP If your Seeds group has not met since Easter, review the Easter story with your children by asking these questions—• What happened to Jesus at the end of his life? He was putto death on a cross.• What happened next? God raised Jesus back to life. MaryMagdalene saw him first, and then he came to the room where his other followers were hiding. They were very happy to see Jesus.• Do you think Jesus stayed in the room with his followers? No, he went away, but people saw him again. That is our story for today.7. GOSPEL STORYTELLING: Jesus’ friends know himEmmaus (pronounced Em-máy-us) is a little village outside of TG4-16

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