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God cares for all Creation.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramOctober 8, 201727th Sunday in Ordinary TimeShare ExperiencesObjectives l The children will: l  AppreciateGod’sgiftofCreation.l  IdentifyconcretewaysinwhichtheycancareforCreation. Invite the children to sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26)as you gather for class and prayer.Gathering Prayer “Loving God, we thank you for the gift of all you created. Help us to take good care of ourselves and our wonderful world.”The children respond, “Amen.”Cover Activity l God cares for all Creation. (page 1) Gather in a story circle. Hold up your copy of Promise and read aloud the title on the cover. Ask: What is God caring for? Children, apple tree, corn, squirrel, oak tree, oak seedling, plants. Distribute pages 1–2. Tell the children to place page 2 faceupon the floor in front of them. Have them fold and crease on the dotted line at the bottom of the page. Turn the page over and show them how to reverse the fold to show what is happening under the ground. The children will now be able to identify the two green plants as potatoes and carrots.Story l Flowers Aren’t for Walking On (page 2) Have the children put Promise down while you tell this story:Sister Maureen came to the first-grade room to teach science. “This is October,” she said. “Now is the time to plant bulbs.” She taught them that bulbs are different from seeds. Bulbs store food inside them so they can bloom early in spring without waiting for the ground to warm up and give them food.Sister Maureen gave the first graders tulip bulbs to plant. Sheila and Danny helped dig up the ground by the front steps of the school. They made holes in the dirt for their bulbs, planted them, and covered them with dirt. They watered the ground so the bulbs could put down roots and store up food for blooming in the spring.During the fall and winter, the tulip bulbs lay asleep in the ground. Snow covered the ground. Children from other grades walked over the place where the tulips were planted when they came to school in the morning and after recess. Christmas came and went; then came spring rains and mud.One day, the first graders came in from recess very angry. “Some of the big kids stepped on our flowers,” Sheila said. Sister Maureen went outside with the first graders. There beside the school, the tulips were coming up. Two of the green spikes had been smashed by kids’ feet. “We need a fence,” said Danny. “And a sign,” said Sheila.The next day, Danny’s father brought pieces of fence to school. The first graders made a sign that said, “Flowers Aren’t for WalkingOn.” They watched their tulips every day and watered them when the ground was dry. In April, their tulips bloomed for everyone in the school to enjoy.Direct the children to take Promise to their work area and use the drawings on page 2 to retell the story to a partner. Conclude by stressing how the first graders came to care about the flowers because they all helped plant and water them.Activity l Stretch and Sing Move to an area where the children can stretch out their arms and not touch another child. Play and sing “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6). Lead the children in hopping and skipping to the area you’ve set aside for the proclamation of the Gospel.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will understand that Jesus uses stories about Creation to tell us about God’s love for us.Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to help quiet the children for the proclamation of the Gospel.Sunday Gospel l A Man and His Vineyard Tell this simple version of the Gospel story:Jesus told this story to his friends: “There was a man who had a field He decided to grow sweet, delicious grapes in his field. The man loosened the ground with his shovel. He picked up big rocks and carried them to the side of the field. He dug holes in the dirt and planted grapevines. Then he used the rocks to make a wall around his grapevines so wild animals couldn’t get in and so people wouldn’t step on his vines. After all that, the man was tired. He decided to hire someone to help him take care of his vines. What do you think he asked the people he hired to do?”Let the children speculate about the jobs of the hired help—keep the wall fixed, water the vines, keep birds and animals away from the grapes, pick the grapes when they are ready, give the grapes to the vineyard owner. Conclude this discussion by explaining that the owner cared about his vines just as the children cared about their tulips.Invite the children to look at the Promise cover picture again and read the words printed there. Ask: What are some examples of how God cares for you just as the owner cared for his vines and the children cared for the tulips?Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.TG1-14Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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