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                                                      Teaching This Week’s Lesson
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Objective The children will recognize the importance of listening.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Gathering Prayer “Jesus, we want to be your followers. Help us learn how to follow you and share your Good News about God’s love.” The children respond, “Amen.”
Activity ● I can listen. Gather the children in the story circle. Direct them to close their eyes and listen quietly to any sounds they can hear. Invite them to open their eyes and share what they heard. Ask: What sounds do you like to listen to? What sounds are hard to listen to? Thunder, fighting, sirens. Discuss the importance of listening as a way to learn, share, enjoy, help, show respect, and know what is expected of us.
Story ● Listening to Emma (page 2) Remain in the story circle. Share this story with the children:
Emma was a great student. She loved school. She loved her teacher and her friends. She loved that her classmates didn’t think it was
a big deal that she wore hearing aids. Emma wore hearing aids to help her hear better. Emma’s teacher, Miss Simms, wore a special microphone around her neck so that Emma could hear what Miss Simms was saying.
One day, Miss Simms was sick. The substitute teacher couldn’t find the special microphone. All of the students wanted to help find the microphone for Emma. They searched all around the room. They got louder and louder.
Emma looked over at the teacher’s desk and saw the microphone sitting next to a pile of books. “I found it!” Emma shouted. The students were too loud to hear her. Emma went over to get the microphone and handed it to the teacher. The teacher thanked Emma and put the microphone on. The teacher clapped her hands to get the children’s attention, but they couldn’t hear her. Emma went to the light switch and turned off the lights. The children were so surprised that they stopped talking. “I found the microphone!” Emma told them. The teacher smiled and said, “Now let’s see if
you can work as hard at listening as you did at looking for the microphone.”
Ask: How did Emma feel about school? What were Emma’s friends like? Why couldn’t Emma’s friends hear her or the teacher when Emma found the microphone? How did Emma get her friends to listen? Why was it important to listen in this story?
Activity ● Listening to Emma
(page 2) Distribute pages 1–2 of Promise and direct the children to turn to page 2. Discuss what is happening in the pictures and then read the sentences together as a group. Ask
the children to think about what happens first, second, third, and fourth in the story. Direct them to put numbers in the blank circles so the illustrations are numbered in the right order. Invite the children to work with a partner to retell the story.
Activity ● Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room while singing “Come and Follow Me” (CD-2, #14).
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will appreciate that Jesus asked people to follow him and they did.
Gather in the Gospel area and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24). Tell the children that at Mass before the Gospel is proclaimed, the priest or deacon says, “A reading
from the holy Gospel according to (Name).” We respond “Glory to you, O Lord” and use one thumb to trace a cross on our foreheads, lips, and hearts. With this action, we pray for God’s Word to be in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.
Sunday Gospel ● Jesus calls his followers. (page 1) Gather in a story circle and share this Gospel:
One day as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Peter and his brother Andrew fishing. Jesus called to them, “Come and follow me. Leave your nets and boats where they are. Come and
be my friends.” Jesus went a little farther and saw James and John helping their father mend his nets. “Come and follow me,” Jesus said to them. They left their boats too. “Goodbye, Father,” they said. “We are going to follow Jesus.” Jesus’ new friends followed him everywhere and listened to his words. Jesus listened to their ideas and questions too.
Ask: What do you think Jesus and his new friends did together?
Told others about God, helped people who were sick, listened to people who were sad. Ask: What questions did his friends ask Jesus? What did Jesus ask them? Consider asking several children to role play a conversation between Jesus and his friends. Be sure to include female followers of Jesus too.
Activity ● Jesus calls his followers. (page 1) Direct the children’s attention to the two drawings on page 1 of Promise. Ask: Are these two drawings the same? No. There are 10 things that are different in the second picture. Invite the children to find the differences. Answers: no birds, clouds, boat, color of Jesus’
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Find the 10 things that are di erent in the second picture.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
January 21, 2018
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 32, Number 3

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