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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 1:26–38Share ExperiencesObjectives l The children will:l Research Biblical characters who preceded Jesus. l Realize the importance of forgiving and seekingforgiveness from others.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Come, Emmanuel” (CD-1, #3). Lyrics for all songs on the Venture/Visions CDs are available at Prayer Ask the children where they have posted their copy of the Advent calendar from last week’s Venture lesson and if they have been doing the practices. Light the second candle on your Advent wreath. Pray the following prayer.Leader: Loving God, you sent Jesus to be our brother here on Earth. He showed us how to build a community of love and forgiveness. Be with us today as we learn more about being his followers. All: Amen.Cover Activity l God Is Alive in Our History (page 1) Ask the children to describe the cover of this week’s Venture lesson. Someone might recognize it is a Jesse tree with ornaments depicting some of Jesus’ ancestors. Ask who they recognize. Most will know about the Ten Commandments. The play last week taught them about Ezra leading the return from the Babylonian Exile. David’s harp and crown identify him. Distribute Bibles to each of the children, and place them in groups of three or four. Assign the groups to  nd one of the Bible passages and be ready to read it to the whole class. Everyone but Mary plays a part in today’s lesson.Story l First Move (pages 2-3) Have one child read the title and another the  rst two sentences of the story. Ask the class to speculate what the story is about. Two friends will  ght and one of them will have to make the  rst move to reconcile. This is a good story to read aloud or to have the children read in pairs.After the reading, discuss Think on page 3. Use these questions to generate a class discussion on when and how to forgive others, why it feels better to forgive than to hold a grudge, why making the  rst move is worth the risk.Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The children will:l Recognize John the Baptist prepares people for Jesus.l Recognize mortal and venial sins. TG2-18Gospel Ritual Move to a special area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the children to read this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).Sunday Gospel l John the Baptist Prepares Jesus’ Way (page 4) Have six children take the parts of Narrator, Mark, Isaiah, John, and the two Listeners and proclaim the Gospel.Discuss the Think questions on page 4. Answers:1. Both John and Isaiah trust God will send a savior. 2. John wants people to turn away from their sins, whateverthey are doing that keeps them from listening to God in their lives, and be baptized as a sign they are willing to be new people. 3. John believes God is sending the Messiah, who will bring the Holy Spirit to Israel. 4. Open ended. Forgiving is opening our heart to a relationship with someone who has hurt us. Forgiving others opens us to new friendship with God, too.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus Is One of Us (page 4) Read this summary of the Christmas mystery aloud with the children. The four Sundays of Advent give us four chances to make this mystery part of our understanding.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 Is Sin? (page 31)Ask the children: What makes a sin amortal sin? They will have some ideas and some of may be incorrect. Ask them to listen while youread the paragraph about mortal sin. There will be three things that make a sin mortal. Make sure the children are able to list all three.Take time with the three requirements for mortal sin: serious matter, recognition the matter is serious disobedience of God’s will, and free choice. The children could talkforever about what is or is not a mortal sin. Stick with a few examples, including murder or theft.Ask the children to read second paragraph silently and be ready to explain venial sin.

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