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Congratulations! You found your way through the Bible.Take the Bible Challenge!Find your way through the Bible! Go to page 4 of Venture. Look at the small type in the Sunday Gospel box. It reads: Matthew 21:28—32. This Bible “address” gives you all the information you will need to  nd this Sunday’s Gospel reading in the Bible. It’s a story about a man and his two sons.1 GTaobtlheeoNfCeownTtesntasmtoen tnpdaMrtaottfhtehwe’BsiGbloes.pUesle. the2 Findchapter21inMatthew’sGospel.3 ECahcahpvters2e1hisadsiavniduemdbinetro.Fvienrdsevse.rse28.4 Now  nd the verse marked 32.Read all the verses between verse 28 and 5 verse 32. This is Sunday’s Gospel story.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramOctober 1, 201726th Sunday in Ordinary TimeNow  nd the reading from the prophet Ezekiel 18:25—28, which is Sunday’s First Reading.Hint: It is in the Old Testament part of the Bible.Share ExperiencesObjectives l The children will:l Learn how to read Bible citations.l Recognize that they have choices.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, IBelieve” (CD-2, #14).Gathering Prayer Gather in a prayer circle. Offer a praise prayer for autumn by asking the children to think God for something beautiful beginning with every letter of the alphabet (or one letter for each child). Begin the prayer yourself—for example, “Thank you, God, for apples.”Conclude with“Thank you, God, for everything you have made.”Cover Activity l Take the Bible Challenge! (page 1) This is a good activity for the children to begin as they gather for your Venture session. Have Bibles ready for every two children. As the children assemble, go around the room getting pairs started on the activity and helping where needed. Review the results as a group.Story l Who Did It? (pages 2-3) The story or articlein Venture prepares the children to hear the Gospel. Jamal and his siblings have two typical reactions to a request from an adult— saying yes but forgetting to follow through; saying no and later regretting it. Read the story aloud together with a different child reading each paragraph, or read it aloud yourself to the class. (If you are able to read and learn the story before class, you may wish to tell it in your own words.) The story will give you the base upon which you will build understanding about the Sunday Gospel. Use the Think questions to get a discussion going. Encourage wide participation.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The children will:l Explore the difference between words and actions.l Become acquainted with the Lectionary cycle, including Ordinary Time.Gospel Ritual Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. Ask the children who are not reading parts to put down their Venture lessons and listen. As you prepare the children to listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).Sunday Gospel l The Story of the Two Sons (page 4) Before you read the Gospel together, identify the characters in the story. The chief priests were heads of the priestlyTG1-10families. The elders taught the Law of Moses. Tax collectors collected money for the occupying Roman army. The children may be surprised to learn that prostitutes were not simply sinful women, but anyone who did not keep the Law of Moses as the religious leaders definedit. Have six students take the parts of Narrator, Jesus, Father, First Son, Second Son, and Priest and proclaim the Gospel in drama form.Discuss the Think questions. Answers: The chief priests and elders are like the second son because while they say they keep God’s Law, they are unwilling to change and tobelieve that Jesus is the Messiah. The tax collectors and prostitutes are like the first son because even though they broke the Law, they changed and believed in Jesus. 2. So the chief priests and elders can learn a lesson about themselves, and maybe change and believe. 3. Jamal is like the first son. The twins are like the second.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l We Give Our Word (page 4) All of the children have experienced a situation in which someone does not keephis or her word. A broken promise can irrevocably break a friendship at this age. Ask: Has someone broken a promise to you? Have you ever failed to keep your word? Read the feature together.Use the first question to encourage discussion about the doctrine. Then give the children time to reflect and pray silently for something they may need to change, or ask forgiveness for breaking their word.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s LessonThe NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramWHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesWhat Do Catholics Believe? (page 5-13)Turn to page 5 in the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Divide your group into three smaller groups.Ask Group 1 to read the third paragraph on page 5, which begins, “As baptized Catholics...” aloud together. Have them prepare a summary of that paragraph for the whole class. Suggest that they concentrate on the following words: family of faith, gifts, duties.Direct Group 2 to read the fourth paragraph, which begins “When you think about it...”. Instruct them to

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