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.ydaerWegetOuBrOPOarKish ChCraiosrtofmlsasDraw lines between the items that go together.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 17, 20173rd Sunday of AdventShare ExperiencesObjective The children will recognize ways they can prepare for Christmas.Gather in a circle to sing “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2) as you prepare to pray and begin class. As you finish the song, light the rose candle on your Advent wreath. Explain that rose is a color of joy. We light the rose candle this week because Christmas is getting closer.Gathering Prayer “Dear Jesus, come into our hearts. Help us to know your love and share it with others. Help us to be kind and respectful as we make ourselves ready for your Christmas birthday.”The children respond, “Amen.”Cover Activity ● We get ready. (page 1) Gatherthe children in a story circle. Ask: What do you do to get ready for birthdays? Visitors? A new baby? Vacation? Recall that Advent is the time for getting ready for the birthday of Jesus. Distribute Promise and pencils. Read the cover sentence: We get ready. Direct the children to look at the right side of the page. Ask: What do the six little pictures show about getting ready? The paper, crayons, and scissors are ready to use to make homemade cards. The cooking ingredients are ready for Christmas cookies. The list of namesshows people to buy presents for. The song book is ready to use at church. The empty stable is ready for the Nativity scene figures. The ornaments are ready for decorating the tree. Give the children time to draw lines between the getting ready materials at right and the results at left.Story ● The Just-Right Christmas Plate (page 2) This week’s story is in rebus form. If the children in your Promise group are reading well, you may wish to turn them loose with the page. Or you may decide to read the story aloud together. If your children enjoy being told a story, you can tell the story first and then show them how to retell it using the rebus.After the story, ask: Why was Jay’s plate the just-right Christmas plate? How do you think Jay felt when Madeline and David laughed at his plate? Do you think Madeline and David wished they had acted differently? What makes Christmas special—all the presents or the loving ways people act toward each other?Activity ● Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room as you play and sing “Walk on to Bethlehem” (CD-1, #6).Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will identify ways Mary and Joseph got ready for Jesus’ birth.Gather in the Gospel storytelling area and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24).Sunday Gospel ● Mary and Joseph are ready for Jesus to come. Gather the children in a story circle. This Sunday’s Gospel again features John the Baptist. He is telling the Jews who come to listen to him that he is not the messiah they are waiting for. Promise does not use this story but tells instead the part of the Christmas Gospel that leads up to the birth of Jesus.In the days before Jesus was born almost two thousand years ago, only Mary and Joseph knew how important Mary’s baby was going to be. But before the baby came, Joseph had to take Mary on a trip to the town of Bethlehem. Joseph had to write his name in a book because the king was counting all the people in the country. The trip took three days. The town of Bethlehem was crowded. Joseph couldn’t find any place to stay except a cave for animals in a hillside. Oxen munched on hay out of a manger in the cave. In the fields nearby, shepherds watched their flocks of sheep. Lambs nursedat their mothers’ sides. The evening was beautiful. Stars filled the sky. Joseph put extra straw in the manger to make a place for the new baby. All was ready for the birth of Jesus. All that was left was waiting.Ask: What did Mary and Joseph do to get ready for the birth of Jesus? How do you think Mary and Joseph were feeling after their three-day trip? What do you think Mary and Joseph did while they were waiting?Explain that we have to wait until Christmas to hear the restof the story. Explain that we also wait each year to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We get our homes ready, make presents, and get our hearts ready by saying and doing loving things for each other. When we obey God by choosing to do the right thing, we are getting our hearts ready for Jesus.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.TG2-22Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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