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God and the Hebrews Make a Covenant
Scene 1:
Cast of Characters
Stagehand: (Turns cardboard over, where letters b.c. appear) That’s B for Before and C for Christ, Before Christ.
Miriam: Oh, the things God did for us. God made a path right through the sea, so we could escape from Egypt.
(Chorus splits into two, creating a center path. Miriam walks up and dowPnhathrae opha’ths .s)oldiers were chasing us. We made it to safety, and they all drowned.
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3 Elders Chorus
Miriam, playing tambourine, takes center stage with the chorus in the background.
Miriam: My name is Miriam.
Other half of chorus runs in place and shows joy at being free.)
We were slaves no more. I led Gouordp. eWoeplweeirne asodahnacpepytotothbaenk free. Follow me, I’ll show you. (Chorus follows Miriam, who plays tambourine and begins a follow-the- leader dance, marching, clapping, and singing.)
I lived so long ago that almost no one remembers me. You probably know more about my brother Moses. He’s famous for making the covenant between God and our people. Stagehand: (Appears with
Go down, Moses,
way down in Egypt land,
Tell old Pharaoh,
to let my people go.
(Miriam plays tambourine and leads chorus into a storytelling circle.)
the word covenant written on cardboard) The covenant is when God gave us the Ten Commandments.
Miriam: All of this was back in 1250 b.c.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Stagehand Jacob
Moses God
March 4, 2018
3rd Sunday of Lent
The NEW Gospel Weeklies
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l Dramatize God’s giving the Hebrews the Ten Commandments. l Learn the history of God’s covenants.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “We Will Walk With God” (CD-2, #8). Lyrics are available at gospelweeklies. com/lyrics.
Gathering Prayer Ask the children to recall from whom they learned the Ten Commandments. For instance, some parents insist children do not go to bed angry, a way of keeping the 5th Commandment. Pray for the people they mention in the following prayer. Leader: Loving God, you gave us many teachers to help
us learn about you. Thank you for (mention some of the names). Thank you for this time together to learn more about the Ten Commandments. All: Amen.
Play l God and the Hebrews Make a Covenant (pages 1-3) Children will enjoy dramatizing this Old Testament play, which tells the story of God’s delivering the Commandments to Moses and the Hebrew people. This is Sunday’s First Reading. Assign the parts to strong, creative readers. Have everyone else be the Chorus, which dramatizes the scenes and keeps the play moving. Encourage the children to act out the italicized stage directions. They make this play fun to perform and enjoyable to watch.
Make an Ark of the Covenant out of an empty box and broom handles, the tablets out of a manila folder with rounded cuts
at the top, and the signs for the Stagehand. Rehearse the play and perform it for another class or the whole school or parish program. Consider asking your parish priest if your class could perform this as the First Reading at Mass.
Discuss the Think questions on page 3. Answers:
1. God asks Moses to tell the Hebrews to keep the covenant God makes with them and to deliver the Commandments
to the people. The Israelites agree to the covenant. 2. To show respect for the covenant and to allow them to carry it with them wherever they go. 3. Open-ended. Invite the children to review the KidTalk feature on page 8 as well as the Gospel activities they have worked on so far during Lent to help them answer this question.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The children will:
l Appreciate why Jesus shows anger in the Temple.
l Dramatize the story of the Exodus and Mosaic covenant. l Pray the Stations of the Cross.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Cleanses the Temple (page 4) Have five children take the parts and proclaim the Gospel. Involve the rest of the class by having other children dramatize the buying and selling that is going on when the Gospel begins.
Discuss the Think questions on page 4. Answers:
1. The buying and selling of lambs and doves for sacrifice claimed too much attention in the Temple area; the purpose
of the Temple seemed to be more a market than a place of prayer. 2. Jesus chases the merchants out of the Temple. 3. Wherever we meet God, there is the Temple. Jesus is truly God and truly human in one Person; in him, the human and divine meet. Jesus, therefore, is the Temple.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l We Live Close to God (page 8) Have the children read this summary of Sunday’s Gospel concept. This is a
good check-in point to see how the children are doing with their Lenten commitments. Remind them that the goal of all of their promises is to grow closer to God.
Turn to the Think questions related to the doctrine. If the children are having trouble thinking of a person, ask: Who do you know who prays and attends Mass
regularly? Who volunteers at church or at your school? This should help them think of examples from their own lives as well. Remind them to use the How Can I Grow Close to God chart (Venture Activity Book, Activity #1) they may have started two weeks ago (February 18, First Sunday of Lent) to track these activities.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson
What the Church Believes and Teaches
The Stations of the Cross (page 57)

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