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Ask the children to listen carefully to things you are going to say. If they hear something that sounds like praise, they may stand up. Use the following sentences or make up some of your own.• I like your new haircut.• IneedanewTV.• You are a good friend.• I don’t like broccoli.• You are a good singer.• This class is very attentive.• I missed the bus yesterday.• My mother is a great cook.• God, your world is so beautiful.Explain that one of the ways everyone in the world learns about God is by looking at creation. Ask the children what we mean by creation. Anything God made, including the stars and planets, the earth and the animals, birds and fish, each of us.Sing and Stretch: Give the children a movement break before you start the activity. If they know the Johnny Appleseed grace, sing it together three or four times, adding gestures.Many children know The Unicorn Song, made popular by the Irish Rovers. They will enjoy teaching you a song they know.Discover Gospel and DoctrinePsalms of Praise: When we praise someone, we say what we like about that person. Praising God is the same way. When we praise God, we tell God what we like about the things and people God made. These things help us know and learn more about God.A long time ago, people wrote poems and songs about God. They collected these poems in a book of the Bible called the Book of Psalms. The word psalm means “song.” Jesus prayed theseOnline Early Start Lesson 3poem-prayers when he lived on earth. We sing a psalm almost every Sunday during the Liturgy of the Word. This psalm is called the Responsorial Psalm.Distribute copies of the “Praise God!” activity page, which is a child-friendly version of 11 verses of Psalm 148. Read the verses aloudto the children while they follow along. Stop occasionally and wait for them to supply the next word. After the reading, have the children find the wonders of creation the psalm mentions in the illustrations on the page. Distribute crayons or markers and give the children time to color the illustrations.Creation Art Project: If you have time, have the children choose individual lines of Psalm 148to illustrate. The children may work individually or in pairs. Be sure all the lines are chosenor assigned. Have a variety of art materials available—colored paper, tissue paper, crayons, markers, paints, colored pencils and chalk. Ask the children to print “Praise God!” at the top of a sheet of white construction paper or tag board and illustrate their line of the psalm. Encourage the children to use their imaginations and tobe creative. Point out that using their gift of creativity is a way to praise God, who gives us everything that is good.Closing Prayer: Ask the children to bring along their copies of Psalm 148 to the prayer circle. You may wish to divide the children into four groups. Each group can read one of the first four stanzas. Everyone reads the final lines.If the children illustrated individual lines as described above, ask them to come forward, hold up their illustration, and remain standing. After the prayer, post the illustrations on a bulletin board in your meeting place. Or make arrangements for the children’s illustrations to be displayed in the vestibule of the church.Close by singing “The Whole World Is in God’s Hands.”Early Start 3: We Pray Together©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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