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GN36_10.indd 18/23/17 4:34 PMThank You, God, for All Your GiftsWhat arethe people in the photos doing?How are the groups di erent? How are they alike?PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramNovember 26, 2017Feast of Christ the KingTG2-10Share ExperiencesObjectives l The children will:l Recognize that Eucharist is thanking God.l Understand that members of Jesus’ kingdom love. Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Serving EachOther” (CD-1, #19) to begin your class session.Gathering Prayer “Invite the children to praise God for something beautiful they saw this week. Pray an alphabet prayer, praising God for things and people that begin with each letterof the alphabet. Conclude by praising God for the children in alphabetic order.Cover Activity l Thank You, God, for All Your Gifts (page 1) Ask the children when they share special meals. Ask for details of these celebrations. We often celebrate by eating together. Distribute Good News and look at the photo on the top of the page. Ask: What might the family members be thankful for? What are you thankful for?Call attention to the photo at the bottom of the page. Ask: What things are alike in the top and bottom pictures? Explain that the word Eucharist means “thank you.” When we celebrate the Eucharist together, we say thank you to God for Jesus and his love for us.Story l The Shoemaker (based on “Where Love Is, God Is” by Leo Tolstoy) Read or tell this story:Once upon a time, a shoemaker named Martin lived in a small town in Russia. Martin was lonely. His wife and only son had died. Hefelt he had no one left to love and no one who loved him. One day,a friend said, “Martin, why don’t you try reading the Bible? I think that will give you hope.” Martin said he would try it. That night, Martin read a story about Jesus healing a leper. He read about Jesus going to Zacchaeus’s house for dinner. He read about Jesus bringing a girl back to life. When he closed the Bible, Martin said to himself, “If only I could meet Jesus!” Then he fell asleep.Martin dreamed that Jesus smiled at him and said, “Martin,I will come to see you tomorrow.” Martin woke up all excited. He rushed around making sure he had something to eat in the house. Then he opened his shop and began to wait for Jesus to come. He kept looking out the window. It started to snow. Martin noticed an old man in a raggedy coat, sweeping the snow off the sidewalks. The man had no gloves, and his shoes were held together with rope. Martin asked him if he would like a cup of hot tea and something to eat. The man came in, stayed awhile, and ate three muffins. Martingave him an old pair of boots and some warm gloves. The man thanked him and went back out to sweep with a smile.Martin went back to work again. The next time he looked up, he saw a woman with a baby. She was standing against the wall byhis shop, trying to keep out of the wind. The woman was shivering because she had wrapped her jacket around her baby. Martin opened the window and said, “Please bring your baby in and get warm.” While the woman sat by his little stove and warmed up, Martin gota beautiful wool coat from his closet. “Please take this coat,” Martin said. “It was my wife’s, but she is dead. She would want you to have it.” Martin slipped a few coins in the pocket as he helped the woman put the coat on.“Where is Jesus?” Martin wondered. He locked his door, lit a lamp, and sat down with the Bible. Then he heard a voice calling his name. It was Jesus! Martin jumped up. “Where are you, Jesus?” he cried.A light shone through the window. As if in a movie, Martin saw the snow sweeper working, smiling happily because of his new boots and warm gloves. He saw the woman in the coat he had given her. Her baby was tucked inside the coat with his smiling face showing.“I did come to see you today,” Jesus said to Martin. “What you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did for me.”Discuss the story using these Know questions: What did Jesus mean when he said he had come to visit Martin that day? Why did Martin live happily ever after?Activity l Stretch and Sing Move to an area where the children can stretch out and not touch another child. Lead them in singing and moving to “God’s Love Is...” (CD-2, #6).Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjective The children will identify caring actions.Sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) to prepare for theproclamation of the Gospel.Sunday Gospel l Jesus Teaches the Works of Mercy (page 4) Assign the parts of Jesus and Storyteller. The other children are the People. Read the title of the Gospel aloud and ask: Does anyone know what the word mercy means? It comes from the Hebrew word for “womb” and refers to the compassionate love a mother has for her children.Discuss the Know question on page 4. Then ask: How might we show love to Jesus today?Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)Read together “Jesus Teaches Us How to Treat Each Other.” Emphasize that what we do for others, we do for Jesus. IfTeaching This Week’s Lesson

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