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Early Start Lesson 3 We Pray TogetherGod the CreatorOverviewThis lesson builds on children’s experiences of prayer and sharing by adding praise prayers. The children will praise God for the gifts of creation. If at all possible, arrange to have the children plant spring bulbs on church property. Nothing will help them experience God the creator more vividly than seeing the blooms next spring that come from the bulbs they planted.Share ExperiencesOpening Prayer: Ask children who arrive earlyfor class to prepare your prayer and Gospel space. “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (Promise/Good News Music CD, CD-2, #25) as the children gather.Ask the children if they have prayers of petition they wish to share with the group. After each child has spoken, repeat his or her prayer request and ask the children to respond as your parish does to the Prayers of the Faithful. Close this sharing with a brief prayer asking God’s blessing on your time together. Have the children say “Amen” and make the Sign of the Cross with you.Nature Walk: Take a nature walk. Tell the children to look for something that is alive that we can all thank God for. Define “alive” as growing, which includes plants, animals, insects, trees and bushes, people, the teeming earth itself. After a minuteof looking around, ask a volunteer to begin the children’s thank-you prayers. Encourage the volunteer by saying, “Thank you, God, for giving us .” Vary this form by asking the children to look around for something red or green or brown to thank God for. Finally, ask the children to look at themselves and thank God for all they can do.Materialsl Copies of “Praise God for Growing Things” activity page l Boxes or baskets of crayons, markers, or colored pencils l Drawing paperl One tulip, daffodil, or other spring bulb for each childl Gardening trowels or old spoonsl Promise/Good News Music CD and a CD playerDiscover Gospel and DoctrineNormally at this time you will read to thechildren a version of the Sunday Gospel. These reproducible lessons do not include the week’s Gospel. Instead, introduce psalms to the children, using Psalm 148 as an easy example for them. Write the word psalm on the board or newsprint. Tell the children it is pronounced “salm,” to rhyme with “palm.” A psalm is like a poem but it doesn’t rhyme. People from a long time ago wrote psalms to praise God. There is a whole part of the Bible filled with them. We hear a psalm every Sunday at Mass, right after the first reading. This is more than the children need to know about psalms. Conclude this part of the lesson by beginningthe call-and-response psalm, Psalm 148. Children respond, “Praise God!”Sun and moon. Snow and rain.Mountains and forests. Flowers and fruits. Wild animals and birds. Fish and turtles. Boys and girls. Everyone and everything. Amen.Early Start 3: We Pray Together©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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