• Jan 19, 2020 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A



    2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Cycle A

    Welcome children to their worship space.

    Ask them to get their carpet squares and sit down in a circle.

    Introduce yourself and your helpers.

    Introduce
                 Explain: Today begins the season of Ordinary Time.  What is the liturgical color we usually use in Ordinary Time?  <green>  This segment of Ordinary Time is very short—just a few weeks.  Then we will begin the season of Lent.

    Ask:  Does anyone remember what our symbol was last Sunday?  <hold up the symbol of the shell with a dove> We learned about the Baptism of Jesus and our own call by God to do his work.
    Introduce symbol
    Say:  Today’s symbol <hold up the symbol> is a shell with a flame. 

    Explain:  As you probably remember, we use the shell to symbolize Baptism.  But what about the flame (or fire)?  Fire represents light and warmth and energy.
     
    Say:  Let’s look at the poster we will make to day.  What does it say? <Here I am Lord; I come to do your will> This is our Responsorial Psalm for today.
     
    Ask:  Can anyone tell  me what the word ‘will’ mean  in this psalm?  <it means wishes or desires>  So then, what does the whole phrase mean?  <that we are here to do what God wants us to do>  These are the words of a servant, the same kinds of words we heard from the prophet Isaiah last week.

    Introduce readings
    We have two readings today.

    Say:  Let’s light the candle to show that we are ready to listen to the Word of God.

    Say: Today’s first reading is from the Old Testament book of the prophet Isaiah. (Isaiah 49:3, 5-6)  Isaiah is an Old Testament prophet who told us all about Jesus many years before he was actually born.  Isaiah says that the Lord says that “Israel is his servant”.  What might that mean?  <discuss>  Listen to exactly what Isaiah says and see if you can figure out who is “Israel” is.

    Have the reader read the first reading.

    Ask:  What does God want Israel to do?  <lead others to God, be a light to for others, take God’s power to others>  Who do you think Israel is?  <all of us>

    Say: Now it is time for the Responsorial Psalm.  Your part is to say:
    Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.

    Say:  Today’s Gospel reading comes from the book of St. John.  (John 1:29-34).   This reading is St. John’s version of the Baptism of Jesus.  See if you can hear any of the same things you heard last week in John’s Gospel.

    Say:  Now we will stand and get ready to hear the Gospel
    (hold up card)  Alleluia!  Alleluia!


    Have the reader begin: “a reading from the holy gospel.....”

    Read:  Read the Gospel

    Ask:  What did John tell us today?  <about the Trinity appearing at Jesus’ baptism, about how he didn’t know Jesus was the messiah until that moment in time, that Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit>  What does that mean?  <discuss—that Jesus brings a new meaning and strength to Baptism>

    Hand out the poster cut-outs and Offertory symbols.

    Ask the children to add their names to the cutouts (flames) so that they can be glued onto the poster.
     
    Explain: Color this symbol of the shell with a flame and bring it to the altar (don’t forget to put your name on the back!)  to show that we have learned about the energy and love that Jesus brings to the Sacrament of Baptism.

    If there is time, ask the older children to write one thing that they will do this week to show that they are the servants of God.

    If there is time, ask questions and go over the lessons one more time to help the children remember.

    Give out stickers and hand-outs as they leave.





    Parent Letter

    2nd Sunday Ordinary Time A


    Dear Parents,

               Today we celebrate the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.  The children listened to two of the same readings you did: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; John 1:29-34.

    Symbol: shell with a flame

    To reinforce at home:
    Today we heard Isaiah telling us what it means to be a servant of the Lord, what our own baptism means in our lives.  We are called to be a light to the world.
    In the Gospel we heard John’s version of the Baptism of Jesus, when he was publicly acclaimed the Son of God.

    Activities to do at home:
    *Play with a flashlight with your child one evening.  Show how light pushes back darkness.  Explain how acting in the way Jesus taught us to act is like shining a light in the darkness.

    Thank you for sharing your children!


  • You might also like

    No comments:

    Post a Comment

Tags

9-11 A place to start A to Z AAA Birthday advent Aging Alcohol ink Alex Syberia Design all Altenew Anniversary appliances Arteza articles of faith Ascension audio books Australia Avery Elle Baby card baby kort Baby Names Birch Press Birthday card Blog blitz blogging bokeh book review books boy card Brandt Lassen bushfires C.C. Designs camping caregiving CAS Catholic cats Children's Liturgy Choices Christ the King Christmas Cleaning Clearly besotted clutter Coffee coffee lovers blog hop COMFORT Concord 9th condo Connie Fong copic coloring Couture Creations Crealies Create a smile stamps Creative Expressions crochet dåb Dansk tekst daughter design team developing talents DEVELOPMENT diet Digi Doodles digital image digital stamp distress ink Dixi Craft dogs Doodlebug downsizing dry embossing Dutch Doobadoo Easter Education efterår embossing powder Epiphany Eskarina exercise Faery Ink fairy faith in god fall Family Family history Fars dag Father's day faux stained glass Feast Day Fitbit fødselsdagskort foil friends garden Gerda Steiner Gittes design glimmer paste glitter goals Government Graciellie grand daughter gratitude Guest designer Gummiapan Halloween HEALTH heat embossing heat tool Hello Bluebird Hero Arts hobby Hobbyboden holidays Holy Family infinity shaker ink blending ink smooshing interactive journals Joy! jul Kenny K stamps knitting Lawn Fawn Leane Creatief learning and living the gospel Lemon shortbread Lent life life-change Lil' Inker Lili of the valley Living Love Lucy Abrams Make it crafty Mama Elephant Marianne Designs Maryland Sheep and Wool masculine Max memories Memory Box mermaid minimalism Mo's digital pencil mom moving My Favorite Things my gospel standards nature Nellie Snellen Newton's Nook no-line coloring Nuvo drops Nuvo glaze Nuvo shimmer powder opaque operation skriv hjem OSH Oxide ink oxide inks Panduro Parenting peace peek-a-boo Pendidikan Pentecost pets Pinkfresh Studio planners plants PLAY poem politics Polkadoodles Poppystamps preparing for young women Pretty Pink Posh rainbow Ranger RELATIONSHIPS santa season serving others shaker card shimmer Shimmer powder sick Simon Says Stamp Simple and Basic Sissix Sizzix Sleep slider card sommer son sparkle Spellbinders Stamping Bella stencil Studio Katia Sugar Pea Designs summer Sunny Studios swatching tak tapestry Taylored expressions texture paste thank you The Cat's Pajamas The Greeting Farm The paper Shelter The Virtual Appalachian Trail Hike Three Scoops Tim Holtz Time tips Tonic studios trains transluscent tri-fold Trifold card Trinity Turnabout stamp TV unicorn update Waffle Flower walk Walking Wally watercolor watercolor markers weather Weaving wedding weight Whimsy Stamps winter WOW! wreath yarn