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Preparetheway.dofteLorMakestraigohGrutodr!ionfytawhhgiehadwashtelanIsaiah40:3VEN37_12.indd 18/27/17 11:31 AMGod Is Alive in Our HistoryThe evergreen tree is a symbol of life. Find the scenes of God’s life-giving actions in the Bible.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program• Joshua 1:1–3• 2 Samuel 7:1–11December 10, 20172nd Sunday of Advent• Ezra 8:31–32 • Mark 1:1–8• Luke 1:26–38TG2-16For monthly gatherings, family catechesis, and summer intensive model pacing plans, visit gospelweeklies.com/pacingplansDecember 10, 2017 • 2nd Sunday of AdventSunday Readings: Isaiah 40:1–5, 9–11; 2 Peter 3:8–14; Mark 1:1–8For Catechists and TeachersScripture BackgroundBoth Isaiah in Sunday’s Old Testament reading and John the Baptist in the Gospel urge us to prepare a Materialssmooth, straight road on which God can come to us. Isaiah’s words of comfort to the exiled Israelites assure them and us that we can count on God to forgive us.John’s words call for repentance and conversion, a “turning around.” He urges his listeners to turn their attitudes toward God around and to open a path for God’s coming in their lives.John points to Jesus, the one who will come and bring God’s loving forgiveness among us. The words of both Isaiah and John the Baptist call us, who live long after the coming of God’s own Son, to act more forgivingly and lovingly as Jesus taught.Connecting Scripture and Doctrine“St. John the Baptist is the Lord’s precursor or forerunner, sent to prepare his way. ‘Prophet of the Most High,’ John surpasses all the prophets of whom he is the last” (CCC, 523). “John is ‘Elijah (who) must come. The  re of the Spirit dwells in him and makes him the forerunner of the coming Lord. In John, the precursor, the Holy Spirit completes the work of (making) ready a people prepared for the Lord’” (CCC, 718).l Venture Student Lesson for 12/10 l Catechism handbook, page 31l CD player and Venture/Visions CDs l Bibles for each child, pencils/pens,markers/colored pencils, newsprint or board, Bible, cloth, candle, matches/lighter, Advent wreathSuggested Musicl “Come, Emmanuel” (CD-1, #3)l “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1)Lesson Resourcesl Venture Activity Book, Activity #24 l Lesson Assessment (gospelweeklies.com/assessments)Single-Session Lesson Pacing GuidesNote: These pacing guides are suggestions on how to present the lesson. Please adapt the lesson to suit your needs.60-Minute LessonShare Experiences (20 minutes) l Gathering Prayerl Cover Activity l God Is Alive in Our History (page 1) l Story l First Move (pages 2–3)l Discuss the first two Think questions.Discover Gospel and Doctrine (20—25 minutes)l Sunday Gospel l John the Baptist Prepares Jesus’ Way (page 4) l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)l Discuss the Think questions related to doctrine.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 31.l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)Live the Gospel (15—20 minutes)l Activity l Make a Straight Road (pages 6–7) l Closing PrayerTake-Homel Saints l Saint Jane Frances de Chantal (page 8)l Activity l Commandments 1–3 (Venture Activity Book, Activity #24) l Remind the children to share their lesson with their families and todo the With My Family and Friends activities on page 8 together.90-Minute LessonShare Experiences (25–30 minutes)l Gathering Song l “Come, Emmanuel” (CD-1, #3)l Gathering Prayerl Cover Activity l God Is Alive in Our History (page 1) l Story l First Move (pages 2–3)l Discuss the Think questions.Discover Gospel and Doctrine (40 minutes)l Gospel Ritual l “Word of Truth and Life“ (CD-1, #1)l Sunday Gospel l John the Baptist Prepares Jesus’ Way (page 4) l Discuss the Think questions related to the Gospel.l Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 4)l Discuss the Think questions related to doctrine.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. Turn to page 31.l Catholic Faith Word l Sin (page 5) l Our Catholic Faith (page 5)Live the Gospel (20–25 minutes)l Activity l Make a Straight Road (pages 6–7)l Activity l Commandments 1–3 (Venture Activity Book, Activity #24) l Saints l Saint Jane Frances de Chantal (page 8)l Closing PrayerTake-HomeRemind the children to share their lesson with their families and to do the With My Family and Friends activities on page 8 together.


































































































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