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Teaching This Week’s LessonShare ExperiencesObjective The children will recognize they belong to a church community.Begin Promise class by gathering in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).Gathering Prayer “Loving God, we gather as your followers. Bless our time together and bless each person in our Promise group.” The children respond, “Amen.”Cover Activity l I have a church family.(page 1) Have the children sit in a circle. Distribute Promise. Invite them to describe the cover illustration. Some will notice the three hidden children first. Have them identify the priest, altar servers, choir, and song leader, usher with the basket, and the people in the pews. Ask: How is the church family in the drawing like our own church family? Possible answers: see the same people every week, everyone has a different job, sing together, sharefood, listen together to the Gospel and talk about it, care about the children, have classes like this Promise class. Conclude by singing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” again and then move to the work area where each child can draw himself or herself in the picture.Story l Dad’s Birthday Dinner Move to the story circle. Tell the children you know of a family with a mom and dad and three kids. On their birthdays, everybody gets to choose whatever they want for dinner. This is what happened when Dad had a birthday. Listen to how every family member helped.Today is Dad’s birthday. When Mom and the children asked him what he wanted for his special birthday supper, Dad said, “I would like to have spaghetti and meatballs.” Everyone laughed because this is what Dad asks for every year. “We will make spaghetti and meatballs for you,” Mom said. “Everyone can help.”Mom got out Grandma’s recipe for meatballs and a big bowl.She put hamburger and Italian sausage into the bowl. “How can I help?” asked Grace. “You can measure the spices and put them in the bowl,” Mom said. “Read the recipe carefully and show me what you are adding.” Grace added spices one at a time. Mom nodded her approval each time.“How can I help?” asked Charley. “As soon as we have mixed up the meatballs, you can use the little scoop to make perfect balls,” Mom told Charley. “That will be fun,” Charley said.Just then Eddie came into the kitchen. He had been playing with the puppy in the backyard. When he saw Grace and Charley helping Mom, Eddie said, “I want to help too.”Mom smiled and said, “Wash your hands first. Then I will give you a job.”After Eddie had washed his hands, Mom pointed to acupboard next to the sink. “Eddie, please get the big cookie sheet out of the cupboard.” Eddie found the cookie sheet and put it on the table next to Mom. “Now rub some shortening all over the cookie sheet so the meatballs won’t stick to it,” Mom said. “When you are finished, Charley will put the meatballs on the sheet and put them in the oven.”Soon the kitchen was filled with the smell of meatballs baking. A pot of water for the spaghetti was ready on the stove. The pasta sauce was simmering. “Something smells good,” Dad said, peeking around the kitchen door.“I put in all the spices,” Grace said. “I made the little meatballs,” Charley said. “I got the cookie sheet ready for Charley,” Eddie said. “We all helped,” said Mom. “There is a lot of love in this birthday dinner.”Ask: Who helped make Dad’s birthday dinner? Why did everyone want to help? What did Mom mean about love in the food?Activity l Stretch and Sing Leave Promise at the worktables and gather in a circle. Play and sing “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6). Enjoy the beat and add movements. On the last verse, motion for the children to follow you, pick up their Promise copies, and gather in the Gospel storytelling space.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will recognize that God is generous to everyone.Gospel Ritual Set aside an area where you can enthrone a Bible and display Promise. When the children gather here, they know they will hear the Word of God. Repeat a ritual each week to prepare the children to hear the Gospel.Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to prepare for the proclamation of the Gospel.Sunday Gospel l God is generous. (page 3) Invite the children to put their Promise copies on the floor in front of them. This Sunday’s Gospel isn’t easy for children to understand. Jesus said not everyone would understand his parables. The Gospels for this Sunday and for the next two Sundays are set in vineyards, an image for the Kingdom of God. The vineyard owner is God who wants the best for his workers, his children, and the vineyard. God is love—love enough for everyone and everything. Read this story aloud or tell it in your own words:A man owned a big vineyard. He went to the marketplace to find people who wanted to work for him in his vineyard. He went out early in the morning and saw some people who were looking for work. “I will pay you the usual daily wage,” the man told them. “Fine,” they said and went to the vineyard.TG1-6The NEW Gospel WeekliesI have a church family.Draw yourself in the picture.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramSeptember 24, 201725th Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 32, Number 1Find the three hidden children.

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