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                                                        Teaching This Week’s Lesson
  Share Experiences
Objective The children will identify the many people who teach them.
Gather in a circle and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26) as you begin your Promise session.
Gathering Prayer Pray: “Dear God, you made every one of us special. Thank you for sending Jesus to be with us. Help us to learn more about him today.” The children respond, “Amen.”
Story ● I can learn. (page 3) Gather the children in the story circle. Tell the following story:
Last Tuesday, Jenny woke up and started to sing. Tuesday was music day in school. Jenny wanted to warm up. She brushed her teeth and got dressed. Jenny found her shoes under her bed and put them on. “I can’t get this shoe tied,” she said. Dad heard her and came to help. “Watch how I do it, Jenny,” Dad said. Jenny watched and then she tried. “Thanks for teaching me how to tie my shoe, Dad,” Jenny said.
After breakfast, Jenny walked to the bus corner. The crossing guard said, “Wait! It isn’t safe yet.” Then she blew her whistle and motioned the children to cross. When the children were seated on the bus, the bus driver said, “Don’t stand while the bus is moving. Don’t be loud. I want to get you to school safe and on time.”
At school, Jenny could hardly wait for music class. Mr. Kramer played his guitar, and the children sang their favorite songs. When Mr. Kramer was singing “The Little Red Caboose,” he forgot the words. “I know them,” said Jenny. Mr. Kramer asked Jenny to teach the class the words to the song. In health class, Mrs. Mooney taught the children how to brush their teeth and gave each child a new toothbrush. After lunch, Father Mathias read them a story about Jesus.
At dinner that night, Dad asked Jenny what she had learned today. “I learned how to tie my shoe, how to wait before crossing
the street, how to behave on the bus, how to brush my teeth, and how good Jesus was to his friends,” Jenny said. “Great!” said her dad. “And I was a teacher too,” Jenny said. “I taught the class the words to ‘The Little Red Caboose.’”
Move to the work area. Distribute pages 3–4 of Promise. Invite the children to describe each of the six pictures on page 3. Distribute scissors and direct the children to cut apart the six pictures. Tell them to place the pictures side by side in front of them. Ask: Who taught Jenny to tie her shoes? To cross the street? How to behave on the bus? Songs in school? How to brush her teeth? About Jesus?
The children should have the six pictures laid out end to end in front of them. Show them how to check that the pictures are in order by reading the numbers on the pictures.
Activity ● I need teachers. (page 4) Direct the children to turn over their pictures. The blocks spell I need teachers. Say the words aloud together. Discuss the importance of teachers. Invite the children to give examples of who teaches them. Ask: Do you teach anyone?
Activity ● Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room while playing and singing “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will appreciate how Jesus showed God’s power by healing people.
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel. Lead the children in tracing a cross on their foreheads, lips, and hearts. Remind
them that with this action, we pray for God’s Word to be in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.
Sunday Gospel ● Jesus is our teacher. (page 1) Distribute pages 1–2 of Promise. Invite the children to look at the picture on page 1 as you share this Gospel:
Jesus was a teacher. He went around the country where he lived
to tell people about God’s love for them. Today’s story is set in a synagogue, which is like our church. People gather in the synagogue every Saturday to hear someone read from the Bible and talk about what the reading means. That is what Jesus was doing.
While he was reading, a man came running into the synagogue. This man was very upset. He yelled at Jesus, “Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the holy one of God.” Jesus could tell the man had a bad spirit. So Jesus said to the bad spirit, “Get out of this man!” The man made a terrible yell and then he was quiet. The bad spirit was gone. Everyone who had seen Jesus do this was amazed. “Jesus is a great teacher,” they said. “Even the bad spirits obey him.”
The children may have questions about how Jesus expelled the bad spirit or what exactly the bad spirit was. Help the children to concentrate instead on why Jesus did this—to show us God’s love for us and God’s desire that we should be free to love. All of Jesus’ healing miracles are signs of our inner healing so that we can fully be God’s children and brothers and sisters of each other.
  Jesus is our teacher.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
January 28, 2018
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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