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Teaching This Week’s LessonShare ExperiencesObjective The children will explore concrete ways they can say yes to God in their lives.Gather in a circle to play and sing “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2). Light the final candle on the Advent wreath.Gathering Prayer The children respond, “We are waiting” to each line of this prayer:“Come, Jesus, come. Children: We are waiting. Mary and Joseph are ready.The crib is ready for you.We are ready too.”Story ● What Will I Say? Play a “Yes or No” game with the children to warm them up for today’s story. Ask silly questions to which they respond yes or no. For instance, ask: Do you want me to pour syrup on your heads? After a few more questions, ask: Do you want Christmas to come soon? Tell the children you know a poem about ways to say yes. Pause at the end of each stanza so the children can guess the word(s).What will I say when my mother asks me to clean up my watercolor mess?Will I say, “I don’t want to do it!”or will I smile and say, “Yes”?What will I say when my teacher tells us we can’t play outside today?I can stamp my feet and cry like a baby or I can just say, “Yes.”What will I say when my grandpa asks me to help him for just a minute?I can hide in the closet so he can’t find me or I can say, “I’ll do it.”What if my brother’s stroller needs a pushto get him up the hill?I can make a face when my dad asks for help or I can say, “I will!”When we’re building a house out of Legos—me and Jason and Ann—and Mom calls from the kitchen, “Will somebody help me?” I will say, “I can!”Review the poem and ask: What words did the child use to say yes?Activity ● Stretch and Sing Invite the children to stand and stretch. Join them in pretending to put ornaments on aChristmas tree. Play “Happy Birthday, Jesus” (CD-1, #9) during this stretching activity.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will learn of the Annunciation. Invite the children to sit in a circle. Sing “GospelAcclamation” (CD-2, #24) to prepare for the Gospel.Cover Activity ● Mary says yes. (page 1) Distribute Promise, pages 1–2. Identify Mary and the angel Gabriel inthe cover scene. Explain that this picture tells a story about a messenger from God who brings a message to Mary, the woman who will be Jesus’ mother. Ask: What is happening? How does Mary seem to feel in the picture? How does the angel feel?Sunday Gospel ● The Annunciation (page 1) Tell the following story:Mary lived in Nazareth. Everything around Mary reminded her of God’s love—Joseph, the wonderful man she would soon marry; the trees and flowers; the birds and the changing sky. Every day, she prayed to God and waited for the one God had promised to send.One day, the angel Gabriel came to her. Mary was very surprised and filled with wonder. The angel said, “Be happy, Mary! God is with you. God has blessed and chosen you.” Mary wondered what these words could mean. The angel continued, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. God loves you very much. You are going to have a baby and you must name him Jesus. He is the Promised One, the One all the people have been waiting for.” Mary could hardly believe her ears! She said, “How can I have a baby? I am not married.” The angel said, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you. Your baby will be the Son of God.” Mary said to the angel Gabriel, “Yes, I will do what God asks. Yes, I will.”Pause as the children think quietly about the news the angel brought to Mary. Direct their attention to the cover again. Have them look at Mary’s face. Ask: What is Mary thinking? Do you think it was hard for Mary to say yes to God? Why or why not? Why did God choose Mary to be the mother of Jesus?Remind the children that people all over the world choose to say yes to God. Ask them to think about our friends all over the world as we sing a song about Mary saying “yes.” Sing the following song to the tune of “Happy Birthday.”Mary, Mary said, “Yes.” Mary, Mary said, “Yes.”She would have Baby Jesus. Mary, Mary said, “Yes.”Repeat the song, replacing yes with:TG2-26Mary says yes.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramDecember 24, 20174th Sunday of Advent

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