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                                                                                                         Teaching This Week’s Lesson
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Objective The children will recognize the need to forgive and be forgiven.
Begin Promise class by gathering in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Yes, Lord, I Believe” (CD-2, #26).
Gathering Prayer If you are using the prayer box, invite several children to draw out strips and add these intentions to your prayer: “Dear God, thank you for forgiving us when we have done wrong. Help us to offer forgiveness to those who have hurt us. We also pray (prayers from the class prayer box).”The children respond, “Amen.”
Activity ● I can forgive. (page 2) Gather in a story circle. Distribute Promise. Look at the family picture in the center of page 2. Ask: What can you tell about the people? Direct the children to find things happening in this family when they aren’t smiling for the camera. Invite them to study the pictures around the family portrait. Ask: Who is doing things they’ll be sorry for? What will the children have to do to make things right again? When have you needed to ask someone to forgive you?
Activity ● Make-a-Sentence Maze (page 4)
Direct the children to turn to page 4 of Promise. Pass out pencils
or crayons. Direct the children’s attention to the Make-a-Sentence Maze on the left. Invite them to use a finger or pencil to follow the path from each letter on the left to an oval on the right. Do the first one together. Direct them to print the letter in the oval. When they have filled in all the ovals, it will spell an important sentence: I forgive.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will recognize God wants them to live as children of the light.
Play and sing “Glory and Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ” (CD-2, #23). Lead the children in tracing a cross on their foreheads, lips, and hearts. Pray: “We pray for God’s Word to be in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.”
Sunday Gospel ● Jesus teaches us to love the truth. (page 1) Direct the children to place Promise faceup in front of them. Tell the children that Jesus knew a man named Nicodemus who a religion teacher called a Pharisee. Since the Pharisees were sometimes critical of Jesus, Nicodemus was nervous about talking to Jesus where everyone could see him. Instead, he came to visit Jesus at night:
Nicodemus said, “Jesus, I try to love God and other people. I study the holy books. I go to the Temple to pray. I share my money with poor people. I know you are a holy person. What can you tell me about loving God?” Jesus answered, “God loves you so much that God sent me into the world to tell you that. I am the Son of God. Believe me.”
Nicodemus was happy to know that God loved him. But he was still afraid that the other Pharisees might not like him talking to Jesus. Jesus picked up a little lamp. “Do you see this lamp?” Jesus asked. “When people do good actions, they are acting in the light. When they do bad things, they’re ashamed. You’re a good man. You should always act in the light.” Nicodemus thanked Jesus and went home. He told his wife and child about Jesus and how he said God loves us.
Ask: What did Jesus tell Nicodemus? How does Jesus want everyone to feel about God?
Activity ● Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room as you play and sing “Saying Yes” (CD-1, #17).
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
What the Church Believes and Teaches
God Gives Us His Word (page 6)
 Help the children find page 6 in their handbooks. Read the top three paragraphs. Pass out pencils. You may direct the children to complete the activity individually or work as a large group and write the answers on the board.
Show the children that the Bible is a special book. Treat it with honor. Make sure they know that the Gospel stories you tell them each week and that they hear at Mass on Sunday come from the Bible. Honoring the Bible doesn’t mean we keep it in a box and never open it.
Use an example to help the children understand how
to use the Bible: It’s getting close to your birthday. A card comes in the mail with your name on it. Your mom says, “It’s a birthday card from Grandma.” Do you say, “Oh, that’s nice. I’ll put it in my treasure box”? Or do you say, “Oh, good! May I open it right away”? God wants us to open and read his words of love in the Bible!
  Jesus teaches us to love the truth.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
March 11, 2018
4th Sunday of Lent
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PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program

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