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 6th Sunday of Easter John 15:9–17
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4:16 PM
Jesus Says to Love One Another
Narrator: Jesus had supper with his friends the night before he died. He told them everything he wanted them to remember.
their master is doing. I call you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
Jesus 1: As the Father loves me, I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love.
Jesus 2: I have told you this so that my joy may be in you, and your
joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
Jesus 3: No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.
Jesus 1: I no longer call you slaves, because slaves do not know what
Jesus 2: It was not you who chose me. I chose you. I send you out to bear fruit that will remain.
Jesus 3: Whatever you ask the Father in my name, God will give you. This I command you: love one another.
PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
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give us to follow?
May 6, 2018
6th Sunday of Easter
Share Experiences
Objective The children will recognize their own loving actions.
Begin Good News class by gathering in a prayer circle. Play and sing “New Life!” (CD-2, #1).
Gathering Prayer Pray: “Loving God, thank you for all of your Creation. Help us to take care of it. Help us to be like Jesus. Help us learn how to be loving to our families and our friends. Thank you for giving us your mother Mary to be our mother too.” The children respond, “Amen.”
Story l Who Can Play? (page 3–4) Move to the work area. Direct the children to read the instructions in the middle of page 4. Make sure they understand what to do before distributing scissors. When everyone has their cutout ready, have them place it on their worktables with the house and basketball hoop picture showing. Tell this story:
Ben was very excited! It was his birthday. The only present he really wanted was a basketball. When his mom brought out the present at his birthday dinner, the box was big and heavy, just like a basketball box would be. Ben ripped it open. (Fold A) It was a basketball! Ben gave his mom and dad a hug and ran out to the hoop his dad had set up by the driveway. (Fold B) Ben dribbled and shot, grabbed
the rebound, then dribbled and shot again. His friends Michael
and Charlie heard the ball bouncing and came out of their house. (Fold C) “Watch me!” Ben shouted to them. He dribbled and shot and rebounded over and over. “Can we play too?” Michael asked. But Ben was having so much fun that he didn’t even hear Michael. “This is no fun,” Michael said to Charlie.
Just then, Ben’s brother, Luke, came out to the driveway. When Ben dribbled toward the net, Luke stole the ball. (Fold D) He tried
a layup and got his own rebound. He shot again, got the ball back, dribbled to the other side of the driveway and nailed a three-pointer. He got the ball back again. “Hey!” Ben said. “Let me shoot.” Luke stopped in the middle of his dribble. “I have an idea,” he said to Ben. Luke pointed to Michael and Charlie. “Get your friends over here.
I will teach you some good plays.” (Turn the picture over.) They played until it was too dark to see the net. It was Ben’s best birthday ever.
Ask: What made this a great birthday for Ben? When have you had fun sharing with others? Let this discussion lead into the page 4 activity.
Activity l How Do I Show Love? (page 4) Children need to recognize that love is something we do every day. The children in your Good News group know each other pretty well by
now. Distribute pencils and invite the children to complete this activity in pairs, helping each other see where they show love. When the pairs have finished, invite volunteers to share some of their answers with the class.
Movement Activity Gather in a circle in the open area
and lead the children in this movement activity. Give each of the children an imaginary basketball. They will show by their actions what the ball is like and what they can do with it. Tell them the ball is very light. It floats away from them like a balloon. No, it
is very heavy. They can hardly hold it. Now it’s covered in mud.
It’s very, very big. It’s very small. Now it’s sticky. If they can get it off their fingers, they can throw it like a football. Shoot it like a basketball. Kick it like a soccer ball. Walk about the circle dribbling it. Stop and bounce it hard so it goes up to the ceiling. Catch it. One by one, toss your balls back to me.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objective The children will respond to Jesus’ teaching about love.
Play and sing “Gospel Acclamation” (CD-2, #24) as preparation for the proclamation of the Gospel.
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Says to Love One Another (page 1) Send three children back to the work area to get their copies of Good News. The others remain seated in
the circle. Take the part of Narrator and, with the three children, proclaim the Gospel. Ask: What words do you remember hearing? Possible answers: love, friends, joy, commandment, slaves. Proclaim the Gospel again and ask them to listen for more words or even sentences.
Discuss the Know questions related to the Gospel. Conclude that Jesus made sure we know his one law— Love. If we keep that law, we will keep all the others too.
Activity l Stretch and Sing Lead the children around the room as you play and sing “You’ve Got to Love Them”
(CD-2, #20).
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine (page 3) Read “Love One Another” aloud. Discuss how love connects us to each other and helps us build community.
Catholic Faith Word l Church Community (page 3) Read the definition of Church Community. Make sure the children understand that we belong to large and small church communities. We belong to the worldwide church, the church
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