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Gathering Ritual1st Sunday of Lent • February 18, 2018 • We Follow Jesus in Lent.Sunday Readings: Genesis 9:8-15; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15Sing: “These Ashes” from the Promise/Good News Music CD (CD-1, #15). Lyrics are available at Jesus, we come together on our Lenten journey to hear your words. We ask your help to grow in love and mercy this Lent. Open our hearts and help us listen to your words so we can become the Good News to others. Be with us on our Lenten journey. All: Amen.Sunday’s First Reading: Genesis 9.8-15Leader: Let us say together God’s covenant from the Book of Genesis. To all living Things:All: I, God, promise that never again will all living things be destroyed. I am putting my bow in the clouds. I will be the sign of my covenant with the world. Whenever I cover the sky with clouds and the rainbow appears, I will remember this everlasting covenant between me and all living things. Amen.(The first readings during Lent retell great momentsin Israel’s history. Consider using a symbol for each reading that you place prominently in your gathering space as part of the ritual for each week. Use symbols that appear in Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. Add part of the relevant Bible verse if you wish. For God’s promise to Noah this Sunday use an ark and/or a rainbow.For the 2nd Sunday of Lent use Abraham and Isaac worshipping God together. For the 3rd Sunday use the shape of the Ten Commandments. For the 4th Sunday write the message in 2 Chronicles 36.23 on a scroll-like shape or make a pillared temple illustration. For the 5th Sunday use a heart for Jeremiah’s message.)GospelLet us prepare to listen to the Gospel of the Lord.Leader: Loving God, open our ears to hear your call. All: Open us all to the stirring of the Spirit in our lives.Leader: Open our hearts to live the Gospel. All: Open us all to the Good News.Reader: A reading from the Gospel According to Mark 1:12-15. Use the Gospel in reader parts from Venture or Visions.ReflectionLent calls us to grow. Lent is the springtime of the Church. During Lent we commit ourselves to learning Jesus’ ways by studying his life and teaching. In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus says the time of fulfillmentis now. During these 40 days of Lent we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection by developing more loving, life-giving habits. We try to grow in new ways at the same time spring is growing new life in nature. Let us explore what Lent means to us in our sessions.Concluding PrayerLeader: Let’s invite the children who use Good News to tell about some things they will be doing this Lent from their Lenten Calendar. (Help some children use the microphone and their copy of the Lenten Calendar to tell what they will be doing this Lent.) Let us pray a Lenten prayer.Leader 1: Caring God, help us as we begin the season of Lent. Let it be for us a season of growth and change, all the way to Easter.Leader 2: God of all goodness, you call us to live at peace and to change our hearts.Leader 1: Loving God, sometimes we bring trouble to our family members and teachers.All: Jesus, change our hearts.Leader 2: Loving God, we have quarreled and calledeach other names.All: Jesus, change our hearts.© 2018 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. The Gospel for All Ages Family Catechesis program is a free resource available to parishes, schools, and families who use P aum Gospel Weeklies. They may also reproduce the Family Corner feature for use in digital and print publications. (800-543-4383) gospelweeklies.comFamily Catechesis

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