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Teaching This Week’s LessonShare ExperiencesObjective The children will learn the importance of listening.Gather in a circle to play and sing “Jesus Is Coming” (CD-1, #7) as you prepare to begin class with prayer.Gathering Prayer Light all four candles on the Advent wreath and bring out the paper candle from the 1st week of Advent. Tell the children this Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent. Fold your candle so it becomes shorter and the panel with Mary and Joseph is right beneath the flame.The children respond, “We are waiting” to each line of this prayer:“Come, Jesus, come.Mary and Joseph are ready. The crib is ready for you. We are ready too.”Story ● Allison and Kevin Listen Ask: Who have you listened to today? After all the children have had a chance to share and have listened to each other, share the story:Allison and Kevin were impatient. They asked their Mom, “Can we go now?” Mom listened to them, and she said, “We’ll leave in five minutes as soon as I get your baby brother changed.”Finally, Mom was ready. She said, “Hurry. We have to get to the store and home quickly. We are going to bake Christmas cookies today.” When they got in the car, Mom said, “Now buckle up.” Allison and Kevin listened to their mom and heard their seat belts snap.As Mom backed out of the driveway, she looked both ways and listened for any cars that might be coming. As they drove along in the car, they heard horns honking and saw other people rushing around. When they got to the store, they heard a man ringing a bell and collecting money for people who need help. Mom gave Allison and Kevin each a dollar to drop in the red bucket.When they got into the store, Christmas music was playing. The music stopped, and a man’s voice said, “Mrs. Wallace, your prescription is ready.” Allison and Kevin followed their mom as she shopped for ingredients for the cookies. When they got to the checkout line, they heard the cash register beeping.Kevin and Allison climbed back in the car with Mom. Mom turned on the radio, and they heard more Christmas music. One of their favorite songs, “Away in a Manger,” came on, so Allison and Kevin sang along with it.When they got back home, Kevin and Allison helped shape the cookies into balls. Since Mom was busy with the baby, they listened for the timer to go off. When they called her, she listened and cameto the kitchen to take the cookies out of the oven. When thecookies were cool, Allison and Kevin helped package them. “Put 10 cookies in each pile,” Mom said. Then they got back in the car and hurried to the post office where they mailed the cookies to their cousins in Texas. By the time they got back, it was time for Dad to come home. At the end of the day, Dad listened to Allison and Kevin tell everything that they had listened to all day long.Ask: Can you name a time when Kevin and Allison listened? Have you listened like that today? Why is it important to listen?Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will appreciate Mary’s yes to God.Invite the children to bring their copies of Seeds to the Gospel area and sit in a circle. Display your own copy there. Sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4).Sunday Gospel ● An angel asks Mary to be the Mother of God. Ask: What do you know about Mary? Then tell them this is a story about Mary before she was Jesus’ mother:A long time ago in the land of Israel, there lived a young woman named Mary. Mary lived in a town called Nazareth. She was engaged to marry a man named Joseph, who belonged to the family of David. One day, the angel Gabriel came to Mary. The angel said, “Hail, Mary, you are full of grace. You are blessed by God.” Seeingthe angel made Mary afraid. She wondered what the angel Gabriel meant. Then Gabriel said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. You will have a baby and give him the name Jesus. He is God’s Son.” Mary was still confused. “How can I have a baby?” she asked. “I am not married to Joseph yet.” The angel said, “God will send the Holy Spirit upon you. Your cousin Elizabeth will have a baby too even though she is old. God has answered her prayers.” Mary decided she should trust in God. She said, “I will do what God asks. I will have the baby and name him Jesus.”Ask: What did the angel come to say? Mary would have a baby who would be God’s Son. Ask: What did Mary say after listening to the angel? I will do what God wants.Activity ● Gospel Creative Drama Have the children stand. Invite them to act out the Gospel story as you retell it. To begin, have them all be Mary and then all be the angel. Then let them take turns telling the story in pairs.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.TG2-26The Christmas StoryMary will be Jesus’ mother.Family PrayerOración en familiaDear God, show us how to bring Jesus to others.Querido Dios, muéstranos cómo llevar a Jesús a los demás.Question of the Week How do you show that you believe God can do impossible things?lParesgeumnatnaadeHail MarySEEDS copyright © 2017 by P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. All rights reserved.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program¿Cómo demuestras que crees que Dios puede hacer cosas imposibles?Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.December 24, 20174th Sunday of Advent

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