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Jesus wants us to pray.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
March 4, 2018
3rd Sunday of Lent
Share Experiences
Objective The children will identify things that are out of place.
Begin Seeds class by gathering in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Gather Together” (CD-2, #1).
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.
Story ● Mr. Nobody Before class, put several objects out of place—for instance, the waste basket on a bookcase or the pencils in the sink. Introduce the story with a puppet. Ask the puppet: Have you seen the waste basket? Have the children look and tell the puppet where to find it. Continue with the other out- of-place items.
Talk about how everything has a right place. Ask: Do you have a special place for your toys? A place where you cannot eat food? A place to put dirty clothes? Tell this story:
Hannah and Hank came home from preschool and decided to play a trick on their mom. She always reminded them to put their toys away, put their books on the shelf, not to eat food in the family room, and hang up their jackets.
While Mom was busy doing laundry, the twins moved the dog’s water dish by the fireplace in the family room. They took a bunch of bananas and put them in the bathroom sink. Last, they put a pillow on the kitchen counter. Then they hid behind the kitchen door. When their mother came into the kitchen, she asked, “Who put this pillow on the kitchen counter?” Hannah and Hank popped out and said, “It must have been Mr. Nobody.”
When Mom went into the bathroom, she came right out and said, “How did bananas get in the sink?” The twins said, “Maybe Mr. Nobody put them there.” The twins went outside to play. Mom came to the door and asked, “Who put the dog’s water dish by the fireplace?” The twins replied, “It must have been Mr. Nobody again.”
The twins played outside and became hungry for supper. Mom had made them apple pie for dessert! When they had finished supper, Hannah said, “May we have apple pie now?” Dad said, “What apple pie? I didn’t see apple pie when I came home.” Hank asked, “Mom, where is the pie? It was on the counter.” “Maybe someone took it,” said Mom. “Who would do that?” asked Hannah. “Somebody called Mr. Nobody,” Mom said and smiled. The twins started to laugh. Mom and Dad laughed too. Then Mom took the pie out of the hall closet, and they all had apple pie.
Activity ● Stretch and Sing Invite the children to move to the open area. Have the puppet ask the children to show with their faces and bodies how the twins felt when they were playing their game with Mom. Ask: How did they feel when they thought the pie was gone? Play “If You’re Happy and You Know It” (CD-1, #3). Invite the children to sing along and do the suggested motions.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will recognize the importance of praying.
Play and sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel ● Jesus wants us to pray. (page 1) Gather the children in the Gospel area. Tell them that today’s Gospel story will remind them of the twins, Hannah and Hank:
One day, Jesus went to the Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple was a special building. The Temple stood in the middle of a large courtyard that had walls with gates all around. The Temple was the place where people like Jesus went to pray and give gifts to God.
Jesus walked through a gate and went into the Temple courtyard. He saw people in the courtyard selling sheep and doves. This made Jesus angry. He said, “This Temple is the house of God. This is not a place for selling. Get your lambs and doves out of here!”
The people who were selling sheep drove their animals out the gate of the Temple. The people selling doves carried the birds away. The money changers put their money in boxes and left. Jesus and his friends went into the Temple to pray.
Pass out pages 1–2 of Seeds and invite the children to look at the cover. Ask: Why is Jesus angry? What are the people doing? What should they be doing? What doesn’t belong in the Temple? Talk about the special times the children pray at home. Discuss the different ways we pray in church and how we are to behave in church.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
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