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                                                         Teaching This Week’s Lesson
   Share Experiences
Objective The children will identify what is right and wrong in common situations.
Begin Promise class by gathering in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Gathering Prayer Begin and end with the Sign of the Cross. The children repeat each line after you: “Thank you, God, / for hearts to love you (point to heart) / for hands to fold in prayer (fold hands) / for bodies that move (jump up and down) / and for friends to play with (shake hands with another). / Amen.”
Cover Activity ● What’s wrong? (page 1) Gather the children in the work area and distribute pages 1–2 of Promise. Invite them to examine the cover and find what’s wrong in this store. Some things are silly. Other things are wrong actions. There are 32 things that are wrong. Invite volunteers to tell what they found and keep track on the board. Ask: For which of these things should someone say, “I’m sorry”? When have you had to say, “I’m sorry”?
Story ● Charley Gets Mad Share this story with the children:
When Charley woke up, he could smell the rain. “Oh, boy!” Charley thought, “If it’s rained just enough, the sand will be perfect.” Charley jumped out of bed and got dressed. He ran out the back door and to the sandbox. Charley knelt down and picked up a handful of sand. It was perfect. Just right for making houses.
Charley created streets that crisscrossed other streets. Houses and tall buildings lined the streets. Charley put little pieces of evergreens on the street corners to make trees. He was so busy making his town that he didn’t notice his brother and sister, Tommy and Clare. Clare was pitching a softball to Tommy, and he was hitting it back to her.
Then something awful happened! Clare pitched the ball to Tommy, and he hit it hard! The ball went high over Clare’s head. She backed up, backed up some more, and backed up one more step to catch the ball. CRASH! She fell into Charley’s sandbox and smashed his whole town!
“Mommm!” Charley yelled. The door flew open with a bang. “What’s wrong? Are you hurt?” asked Mom. “Clare smashed my town,” Charley yelled. “I hate her!” Clare stood up and stepped out of the sandbox. “I’m sorry, Charley,” she said. “I didn’t mean to hurt your town.” “I hate you,” Charley said again. “Charley,” Mom said, “it’s okay to be angry, but it’s not okay to tell Clare you hate her.” Mom gave Charley a hug. “What did Clare say to you?” Mom asked Charley. “She said she was sorry,” Charley said. “And I’ll help you build the town again,” said Clare. “What do you say?” Mom asked
Charley. “I guess that’s okay,” Charley said. “But first, let’s all have breakfast,” said Mom. “I’ll make pancakes.” “Yeah!” said Tommy. “Yeah,” said Clare. “Okay,” said Charley.
Invite the children to tell you the story. Ask: How did Charley feel when he woke up? When he was making his town? When Clare fell on it? When Mom gave him a hug? When he accepted Clare’s apology and offer to help him rebuild his town? Invite the children to tell about times they were angry and what they did to make things better. Summarize: Anger is a feeling God gave us. It’s okay to feel angry, but it isn’t okay to hurt others or ourselves when we’re angry.
Activity ● Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room as you play “You’ve Got to Love Them” (CD-2, #20).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will construct a cutout for telling the Gospel story.
Play and sing “Glory and Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ” (CD-2, #23). Lead the children in tracing a cross on their foreheads, lips, and hearts. Pray: “We pray for God’s Word to be in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.”
Sunday Gospel ● Jesus Stands Up for the Temple (page 3) Ask: Did Jesus ever get angry? When is
it okay to be angry? When do parents get angry at children? When do children get angry at brothers or sisters? At friends and classmates? Invite the children to listen very carefully as you tell them about a time when Jesus got angry. Read the Gospel story on page 3 of Promise. Ask: Why did Jesus get angry? The Temple was like church, a place where people prayed and praised God together. The people selling things made the Temple too much like a store. People forgot the Temple is for praying.
Activity ● Retell the Gospel Story (pages
3–4) Distribute pages 3–4 of Promise. Tell the children that they will color and make a cutout of the Temple where people went to pray in Jesus’ time. They will use the cutout to retell the Gospel story. Direct the children to look at the picture of Jesus and the people praying on the top half of page 4. Look at the bottom half of the page that shows a person with money and doves on one side and a person running away with lambs on the other side. Distribute crayons and scissors and invite the children to:
1. Finish coloring page 4.
2. Cut the page in half on the heavy black line that separates the
two pictures.
  What’s wrong?
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
March 4, 2018
3rd Sunday of Lent

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