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The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesJesus Went to a Wedding (page 25)October 15, 2017 • 28th Sunday in Ordinary Timethe children happy to come to Jesus’ party? How does that make Jesus feel? Will Jesus tell the children a story after they eat lunch? What might the story be about?Conclude by saying that God sent Jesus, God’s Son, to live with us and remind us that God wants us to grow and be happy. Jesus invites us to God’s party each Sunday at church.Activity l Gospel Creative Drama Invite the children to stand and act out Jesus’ gathering actions on the cover: putting food on the table, gesturing for children to come and join him for a meal, passing food to the children.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Live the GospelObjective The children will recognize that Jesus’ community, the Church, gathers in Jesus’ name.Activity l Who comes to Jesus’ party?(pages 2–3) Gather in the work area. Open to pages 2–3. Ask: What do you see? A neighborhood with houses, stores, a church, streets, cars, people. Point to a house and say: This is your house and you want to go to church. Ask: How do you get there? Do you walk? Do you go in a car?Invite the children to share how they go to church and how their neighbors go to church. Say: Take your finger and trace the car out of the garage and down the street to the parking lot. Park your car in the parking lot. Get out and walk. Look at all the people coming to church. Ask: What’s the name of your church?Say: Jesus invites us to his party and celebration every Sunday at his house, the church. It is called the Mass.Gather in a circle, standing. Play and sing “The Seed Song” (CD-1, #1). Add gestures and movements.Closing Prayer Ask the children to stand quietly while you pray: “Thank you, Jesus, for inviting us to your party. We will come. We love you and want to be with you.” The children respond, “Amen.”Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.Help the children find page 25. Tell them to find Jesus in the picture. See if they can find the water jugs. Explain that the Bible tells the story of Jesus and his friends attending a wedding in a town called Cana. Jesus was having fun at the party when his mother told him there was no more wine. Jesus told the waiters to fill six big water jugs with water. Then he told one of the waiters to take a taste to the wine steward. When the wine steward tasted it, he said it was very good wine, and the party went on. Jesus wanted his friends to have a good time, just as he wants us to have a good time today.Set up a party. If possible, gather the children around a large table. Give each one a cup of juice and a small plate with a cookie or two. Before the group begins to eat, pray:Bless us, O Lord (Repeat.)and these thy gifts (Repeat.)which we are about to receive (Repeat.) from thy bounty (Repeat.)through Christ, our Lord. (Repeat.) Amen. (Repeat.)Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, page 2–3.Lesson Wrap-UpVisit to download Seeds Weekly Review template.Use Activity #21 from the Seeds Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.YOU areInvitedUnit 1: We Are the Church l TG1-19

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