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September 24, 2017 • 25th Sunday in Ordinary TimeWhen the ones who had gone to the vineyard early in the morning saw that, they thought they would get much, much more. But when it was their turn to be paid, they got the same amount as everyone else. They complained to the owner. “We worked all day. Why don’t we get more than the ones who came at five o’clock?” The owner said, “I gave you the wage I promised you. I want to be generous to everyone. Don’t be jealous.”Gospel Activity l Jesus welcomes everyone. (page 1) Invite the children to retell the Gospel story, using the cover picture. The people at the top were the first ones hired. As the children go down the path, they find the other workers. Jesus is waiting in the vineyard. Point out how welcoming Jesus is. Conclude by saying Jesus told this story to tell us how much God loves everyone. God is generous. We all get God’s love.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Live the GospelObjective The children will celebrate in song that following Jesus makes us happy.Activity l Jesus welcomes me. (page 3) Invitethe children to look at the drawing of Jesus. Ask: Does Jesus looks angry or happy? Mean or friendly? Read the words to the children. Relate back to Grandpa’s Chair to help them remember what welcome means. Recall the vineyard owner in the Gospel and how generous he was. Make sure the children connect welcoming and generous to the message on this coloring page. Invite the children to color the picture.Activity l Welcome to Seeds! Certificate(page 4) Invite the children to look at page 4. Ask: What do you see? The man with the beard is Jesus. There are flowers, grapes, and happy children. Some children may be able to read the heading aloud.Hold up your copy. Point to the line where they will put their names. Read aloud the sentence. Have the children return to their desks and write their names. Sign and date the certificates.To conclude your lesson, play and sing “Like Jesus” (CD-1, #6) for the closing prayer.Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesWhat Is Baptism? (page 13)Invite the children to print their names in the inside front cover. Let them look through their books.Have the children turn to page 13. They will likely be interested in baptism. Many will have seen a baptism and know that they have been baptized. Baptism is when they joined God’s family, the Church. In this Seeds group, they will grow to know and love God and God’s family more.Have them follow along as you read the words. Ask if they’ve noticed their parents making the Sign of the Cross. Tell them that some of the words the priest uses at Baptism are the same as in the Sign of the Cross prayer: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.Draw the children’s attention to what baptism does: Makes them a child of God and a member of the family of the Church.Encourage the children to ask their parents to show them photos from their baptism and to share memories of this special day with them.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Seeds, page 3.Lesson Wrap-UpVisit to download Seeds Weekly Review template.Use Activity #15 from the Seeds Activity Book as a take-home activity or lesson wrap-up.Unit 1: We Are the Church l TG1-7The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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