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Where Did Jesus Teach? Jesus spent his whole life in the Land of Judea (known today as Israel and Palestine). Study the map with a partner. Tell everything you already know about the cities and the countryside.
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PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
January 21, 2018
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Volume 37, Number 3
Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l Recognize familiar places in the Land of Israel.
l Appreciate what a Gospel is and how Mark’s Gospel came to be.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “We Are Called” (CD-2, #12). Lyrics may be found at
Gathering Prayer Ask the children for whom and what they wish to pray for today. After each petition, the group responds, “Loving God, hear our prayer.”
Cover Activity l Where Did Jesus Teach?
(page 1) Stay seated in the circle and distribute this week’s Venture lesson. Give the children a few moments to look over the map and discuss it with a partner. Ask volunteers tell one thing they know about Jesus’ home country. Possibilities: Jesus was born in Bethlehem, grew up in Nazareth, escaped to Egypt when Herod wanted to kill him, baptized in the Jordan River, went sailing on the Sea of Galilee. Conclude that today we are going to talk with one of the persons who wrote down a Gospel.
Story l The Gospel According to Mark (pages 2-3) Have the children read the title and examine the illustration on page 2. Mark’s symbol is the lion because his Gospel begins in the desert or wilderness where John the Baptist was preaching.
This story is in interview form. Read it aloud with different pairs of readers reading the questions and Mark’s answers. When you finish reading the article, turn to the timeline at the bottom of the page and begin with Jesus’ birth. This is labeled with a zero because our way of marking time begins with Jesus’ birth.
Mark was born sometime between 30 and 33 a.d. Peter and Paul and Jesus’ other disciples move away from Jerusalem to bring Jesus’ good news to all the countries around the Mediterranean Sea. Mark writes his Gospel about 70 a.d. The other Gospel writers come later.
Use the Think questions on page 3 to help the children review Mark’s story and recognize that the Gospel is the result of oral tradition and not a transcript
or a video recording. Answers: 1. Have fun with this question. It will let you know if the children have comprehended how Mark’s Gospel was put together. 2. Open-ended. 3. People who knew Jesus when he was alive were getting old and dying. Mark wanted to
get their stories written down so others could learn about Jesus. 4. Open-ended.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The children will:
l Recognize that Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John, and those who are Jesus’ followers today, to gather people together into God’s family.
l Learn how Scripture and Tradition make up the Deposit of Faith.
Gospel Ritual Move to the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. You may choose to set up your prayer space ahead of class or have volunteers set the Bible, cloth, candle, and whatever other items you include as a part of your ritual. As you prepare the children to proclaim this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Calls Four Fishermen (page 4) Tell the children this Gospel is similar to last week’s story by the Gospel writer John, but is told this week according to Mark. Have two students take parts and proclaim the Gospel.
Discuss the Think questions on page 4. Answers:
1. God’s kingdom is coming. 2. Jesus wants these four to follow him and to catch or gather other people together. 3.
Open-ended. Possible responses: let our Christianity show; love and include others as Jesus did; support missionaries; consider a vocation to priesthood or religious life.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l Jesus Calls Us to Community (page 4) Read aloud the doctrine together. Many children will view the Gospel
readings as ancient history. This doctrine reminds us that the work that Jesus’ and his disciples once did continues today through the selfless, merciful acts of Christian believers.
Discuss the Think questions on page 4. Answers: 1. Ask for a volunteer to record the class’ responses on the board or large sheets of newsprint. 2. Open-ended.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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