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Teaching This Week’s LessonShare ExperiencesObjective The children will recognize who makes them feel welcome.Gathering Provide name tags. Use them to take attendance each week. Put them on a bulletin board or table. As the children enter the room, they pick up their tag and give it to you. Greet them each by name.Play “The Seed Song” (CD-1, #1). Gather in a circle for prayer. Sing until they learn the words.Gathering Prayer Begin each session with a prayer. Use the following or your own words: “Loving God, you gather us together to learn to love you more. Help us learn and grow together as your children in our Seeds group.” The children respond, “Amen.”Story l Grandpa’s Chair (page 2) While still in the circle, ask: Who do you like to visit? What is fun about visiting that person? Tell them you know a story about a grandpa. Invite them to listen to find out why his chair is special.“Yay! Grandma and Grandpa’s house!” Charley shouted. His dad pulled in the driveway. His mom unbuckled Charley’s seatbelt and lifted him out. “Thank you,” Charley said with a smile. “I want to be the first one in the Welcome Chair.”Charley ran to the front door where Grandma was waiting. “Hi, Grandma,” Charley said and gave her a hug. Grandma hugged him back and laughed, “The Welcome Chair is waiting for you.”Charley ran down the hall past the kitchen to the family room. There sat Grandpa in the Welcome Chair. “Welcome, Charley, Number One Grandson,” Grandpa said. “Climb up beside me.” Charley climbed on Grandpa’s lap. Grandpa hugged him and gave the handle on the chair a push. The chair went back, and Grandpa’s feet went up. Charley laughed. “Can I push the button that makes the chair warm?” he asked. “Go ahead,” said Grandpa. Charley wiggled in next to Grandpa. They felt the chair get warm.Charley heard footsteps. His cousin Izzy came running in. “Hi, Grandpa!” she said. “Can I come up too?” “You sure can, Miss Izzy,” Grandpa said. “There’s lots of room.” Izzy climbed up. The Welcome Chair was big enough for Charley, Grandpa, and Izzy.“Look, here’s itty bitty Ike,” Grandpa said. Izzy’s mother walked into the room, carrying Ike. “Would you like to hold him?” she asked. “Set him on my lap,” said Grandpa. Now Charley, Grandpa, Izzy, and Ike were all in the big Welcome Chair.A bark made everyone look up. Two big white dogs bounded into the room. They tried to climb in the Welcome Chair too. “This is too much,” Grandpa said, laughing. Grandpa handed Ike back to his mother. He set Izzy on the floor by the chair. “Charley, turn off theTG1-6warm button, then hold on, we’re going in for a landing.” Grandpa pulled the lever. The chair and his feet both went down. Charley jumped off. Grandpa got up slowly.“We can come back to the chair after lunch,” Grandpa told Charley. “Just in time for the football game.”Hold up your copy of Seeds, showing page 2. Invite volunteers to retell the story using the illustrations. Ask: What made the chair a welcome chair? Grandpa’s love and happiness.Activity l Stretch and Play Clear a big space in your room or go outdoors. Call out the activity to perform:Play basketball. Dribble the ball. / Play soccer. Kick the ball. / Sweep the floor. / Play hopscotch. Hop on one foot. / Play jump rope. Skip over the rope. / Rake leaves. / Push a lawn mower. / Tiptoe to the Gospel area so no one hears us.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will learn God’s love is generous.Gospel Ritual Make a special corner in your teaching space where you can gather for prayer and proclaiming the Gospel. Display a Bible and your copy of Seeds on a piece of cloth.Sing “Two Little Ears” (CD-1, #4) to prepare for the Gospel proclamation. Add simple gestures.Sunday Gospel l God’s love is generous. Invite the children to look at Jesus on the cover of Seeds. Ask: What do you think Jesus is saying? Accept all answers. God loves them very much and made the world for them to enjoy. After each child has had a chance to contribute, tell them Jesus often taught with stories. Tell them to listen carefully to this one:Once upon a time, a man had a big vineyard. He had vines as far as you could see. The man went to the marketplace to find people who wanted to work in his vineyard. He went out early in the morning and saw 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. The man went out again about nine o’clock and hired more workers. He went out at noon and at three o’clock and sent more people to the vineyard to work. At five o’clock, he went to the marketplace one last time. There were still people who needed jobs. The vineyard owner hired them too.When it was time to quit, the vineyard owner told his manager to pay all the workers. “Start with those I hired last,” the owner said. The manager called the ones who had come in the late afternoon and paid them a full day’s wage.The NEW Gospel WeekliesJesus welcomes everyone.Help the workers find their way to the vineyard.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramSeptember 24, 201725th Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 23, Number 1

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