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NameLinking Us TogetherOnline Early Start 2 Handout 1In the blank spaces below, write the names of people in your class who have the qualities written on the strips. Try to use different people. Then cut out a strip and stick the ends together to make a loop. Make sure the name you have written is on the outside of the loop. Place the next strip through the loop and repeat to make a chain of links. On the “I can welcome by” strip, write one way you can welcome others. Do not close this strip.Reader 1: “Whoever welcomes a child such as this in my name welcomes me,” says Jesus inthe Gospel. In this spirit, let us recognize how we welcome and connect with each other.All: We welcome each other in Jesus’ name.Reader 1: Thank you, God, for bringing us together as a class.Reader 2: Help us to respect and encourage each otherReader 3: May we come to know Jesus as a person, as we connect to the Gospel and each other.Leader uses his or her “I can welcome” strip to connect with the chain of the child at right. Everyone does the same.is left handed.plays a musical instrument.likes to draw.Leader: A link or a short chain by itself can’t do much. But when joined with other links and chains, it becomes strong. Let us hear what the prophet Ezekiel (11.19–20) wishes for us.Reader 1: I will give you a new heart and a new mind.Reader 2: I will take away your heart of stone and give you an obedient heart.Reader 3: I will put my spirit in you. You will be my people and I will be your God.All: You will be my people and I will be your God.Leader: Bless those who are in class with us.All: You will be my people and I will be your God.Leader: Let us care for and welcome each other.All: You will be my people and I will be your God.Leader: Let us be open to every opportunity to serve one another.All: You will be my people and I will be your God.Leader: Loving God, help us to welcome each other as we welcome you into our hearts. Remind us of the links that bind us to one another and to you. Help us to be great in our service to all.All: Amen.has brown eyes.has a pet that’s not a dog or cat.I can welcome byEarly Start 2: We Gather Together©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.


































































































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