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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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SOUL PANCAKE (5:34) – All too often we’re scared to talk about stuff, especially when that stuff has to do with religion. But what about when you were a kid? Can’t the serious stuff also be a little funny sometimes?
GOSPEL

THOSE WHO WILL LISTEN

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Many years ago there was a saying that went like this: “Children should be seen and not heard.” At that time children were not allowed to speak freely, and certainly not shout, when adults were present. Children were expected to stay very, very quiet, especially when there were guests in the home.

Thankfully times have changed and adults now encourage children to share in conversations and they try to listen very carefully to what children say. We like to hear your ideas and learn about your interests and activities.

All of us have experienced times when we have difficulty getting others to listen to us.

You may have tried to talk to your mom or dad, sister or brother when the television or radio is on and they are unable hear you. Or perhaps they are busy concentrating on a task and aren’t aware that you are talking.

If you have a cat you know that you can ask a cat to do something and the cat just ignores you. It doesn’t feel good to be ignored.

In the Bible we learn that the same thing happened to Jesus. He went with his disciples to his hometown. While he was there people did not respect him or believe what he said, even though he had performed many miracles.

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SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org

WHAT’S A PROPHET

CATHOLIC KIDS MEDIA (2:44) – What’s a prophet? A fun Catholic reflection for kids based on the readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
GOSPEL

JESUS IS REJECTED IN NAZARETH

Objects suggested: NONE

Do you feel welcome when you come to church? (Pause.) I hope so! I hope you have some friends here who you love to play with. Now let me ask you another question: If Jesus were to walk in today, do you think He would feel welcome? Explain why you think that.

The Bible tells about a time Jesus went to the synagogue, which is like a church, in His hometown. It says before Jesus returned to His hometown, He had healed many people and even raised a young girl from the dead. As He always did, on the weekly day of rest, called the Sabbath, Jesus went to the synagogue. He began teaching, and many who were there were amazed at what they heard. They didn’t know that Jesus had so much wisdom and power. But He wasn’t welcomed by everyone. What do you think about Jesus not being welcomed in His own hometown? (Pause for answers.)

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GOSPEL

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects Suggested: Various grocery items, a piece of driftwood, a feather, fresh garden produce. (Adapt these items to what is readily available to you.)

I’m going to show you some objects and I’d like you to figure out, or guess, where they came from. Here is a can of beans, a sack of flour, a bag of rice, a bottle of pancake syrup, and a box of crackers. Yes, you guessed right. These items came from the grocery store.

This item may be more difficult. It is a piece of driftwood. Yes, we find driftwood on the beach.

How about this – a feather. Well, we may not know which bird this came from, but we definitely know it came from a bird.

I have fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and some carrots in this bag. What smart children you are! You know these items came from someone’s garden.

In today’s lesson the people in Jesus’ hometown listened to him speak and they “were astounded.” They couldn’t believe that the wise things he said and the miracles he did could come from a man who was a carpenter. They asked, “Where did this man get all this?”

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SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org
SECOND READING

FILLED WITH GRACE

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects Suggested: Cereal Bowl

Can you imagine being filled with God’s grace? Grace is a word that means we are given something we don’t deserve. It is another word for God’s love.

God understands our weaknesses and forgives us for the mistakes we have made. God’s love and grace gives us the power and strength to make good choices. The Bible teaches us that when we feel weak his grace is enough.

When you fill your bowl with cereal and milk each morning, think about filling yourself with God’s grace and love. What power!!

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SOURCE: Sermon Writer: Children’s Sermons – All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan; Video added by SermonPrep.org
SECOND READING

PAUL’S THORN IN THE FLESH

Objects suggested: A package of cookies to share

Would you like a cookie? I think have enough for everyone to have one. I just love cookies! When you ask your mom if you can have a cookie, do you always get the same answer? Probably not. Sometimes the answer may be, “yes” and sometimes it may be “no.” If you ask for a cookie and it is almost time to eat dinner, the answer might be, “not right now, it would spoil your dinner.” You see, your mom wants what is best for you and when you ask for something, “yes” might not always be the answer that is best for you.

Did you know that same thing is true when we pray to God? Sometimes we ask God for something and He answers, “Yes” right away. Other times he may say, “No.” There are also times when we ask God for something, and he says, “Not right now.” The reason God doesn’t always say, “yes” is that He wants what is best for his children — and what we are asking for may not be what is best for us.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NIV)

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SECOND READING

WHEN I AM WEAK…HE IS STRONG!

How can something be made strong because it’s weak? Only through the power of God! This simple Sunday School lesson focuses on a beautiful passage of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. Students will consider what it means to face challenges that they might not be able to conquer on their own power. They will appreciate the strength that comes through relying on God’s grace first and foremost.

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SOURCE: Ministry to Children – All Rights Reserved

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Children's Sermons


Society of Christian Doctrine

Speak, Lord — Sunday Worksheet

SDC is a society of lay catechists that started in Malta in 1907. Worksheets can be downloaded and printed for use during Sunday Mass or handed out to children at school prior to the weekend. They are also used by parents who download them to use with their children at home.

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DIOCESE OF SALFORD

Wordsearch

Feel free to copy and paste it into your parish publications.

Clipart  © McCrimmons used with permission. All rights reserved; Text  © 2018 Diocese of Salford Office for Liturgy

SERMONS 4 KIDS

This Week’s Resources

SEE ALSO: JESUS IS REJECTED IN NAZARETH
Paul's Thorn in the Flesh

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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SERMON4KIDS

EDIBLE HOME SNACK FOR JESUS IS REJECTED IN NAZARETH

Objects: Paper plates – one per child Grissini breadsticks — three per child Round orange slices — one per child Blueberries — six per child Cucumber slices — two per child Cheese slices — ¼ slice Raisins — six per child

Do This: Give each child a paper plate and the supplies. Have children follow these steps to make the “Edible Home” snack:

  1. Break each breadstick in half to make a house shape with a roof.
  2. Use an orange slice for the sun.
  3. Use the cucumber slices for windows on the house.
  4. Use the cheese slice for the door.
  5. Make a “smoke” trail with the blueberries.
  6. Create a raisin pathway from the front door.

SAY: Even though some of the townspeople didn’t see it, Jesus was special. He healed people and did many miracles, and He is God. Whether or not they believed it, Jesus is and was God’s special son!

MISSION BIBLE CLASS

JESUS PREACHES IN NAZARETH

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Scripture Reference: Luke 4:14-31
Gospel Parallel to Mark 6:1-6 

Suggested Emphasis:Encourage those who preach the word of God.

Link to full list of printables

SOURCE:  Mission Bible Class. ©2011-2021
LOYOLA PRESS

JESUS IS NOT WELCOME IN HIS HOMETOWN

Sunday Connection (Grades 4-6)

At this stage of development, older children are beginning to define themselves in circles of relation beyond their immediate family. In Jesus’ relations with his kinfolk in Nazareth, we learn that those who know Jesus best are those who have faith in him as the Son of God.

Materials Needed
• Paper and pencils

EXCERPT: Ask the children to recall a time when they were worried about something, perhaps about a test at school, something that happened to a friend, or a news story on TV or radio.

  1. Distribute paper and pencils and instruct the children to fold their papers to make three columns. Invite the children to prepare three lists, which are for their eyes only and will not be shared with the entire group. Give the following instructions: At the top of the first column, write Friends and list some things that your friends know about you. At the top of the second column, write Family and list some things that your family knows about you. At the top of the third column, write God and list some things that you believe no one knows about you, the things that are between you and God.

  2. Instruct the children to look over their lists and to consider the question, Who knows us best? Invite them to share their answers to this question and to give reasons why.

  3. Say: Today’s Gospel raises a question about who knows Jesus best. Let’s listen carefully to this Gospel and try to answer this question for ourselves.

RELATED PAGE: Catholic Resources

SOURCE: © 2021 Loyola Press. All rights reserved. Website offers background to readings, and Sunday Connections for Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, and Family.

When we are weak, HE is strong! These crafts celebrate the hope that we have in knowing God’s strength shines through in our weakness. We cannot do everything on our own, but we can do all things through Him. A “soft made strong cross” uses soft materials wrapped around a firm cross to remind children of where power comes from. A “How He Makes Me Strong Barbell” allows students to use a “weight” decoration to brainstorm how God strengthens us. Have fun and get crafty!

This lesson was prepared by Kristin Schmidt, who serves at the Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, CO. She has shared her teaching gifts through Ministry-To-Children since 2014 and now serves as lead curriculum writer.

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

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Word Sunday – Larry Broding

Going Home – Rejection and Persecution

How many of us look nostalgically at our youth? To the times and places of our formative years? We yearn to relive that carefree period, yet we also know we cannot. That era is gone in our lives. We have moved on in our careers and place in society, but many of our past family members and friends have not, expecting us to fall into familiar roles from our former lives. That’s the dilemma Jesus faced when he returned to Nazareth.

CHILDREN’S READINGS

In the story for the first reading, stubborn Jane got into a fight with her mother about bedtime. Her resistance reminds us about the disbelief among the contemporaries of Ezekiel.

In the story for the gospel, Jerry worked on a school project, only to be judged by Thomas. The relatives of Jesus judged him, but he found a better family, the sons and daughters of God.

SOURCE: Word-Sunday.com All materials found in word-sunday.com are the property of Larry Broding (©1999-2021). Viewers may copy any material found in these pages for their personal use or for use in any non-profit ministry. Materials may not be sold or used for personal financial gain.
LOYOLA PRESS

JESUS IS NOT WELCOME IN HIS HOMETOWN

Sunday Connection (Grades 7-8)

As young people demonstrate increasing levels of maturity, they experience changes in their relationships with others. Similarly, as Christians, we acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God and that our faith has the power to change all our relationships with others.

Materials Needed
• None

EXCERPT:

  1. Ask the young people to describe the meaning of the phrase “Act your age.” Ask volunteers to identify situations in which this phrase might be spoken. Use these examples to discuss expectations that people have regarding the behavior of others.

  2. Now ask the young people to recall a time when a parent, teacher, or friend seemed surprised by an action that showed their maturity (for example, demonstrating a new ability, accepting a new responsibility, or showing independence). Ask: Why do you think these actions were a surprise to others? (Accept all reasonable answers.) Acknowledge that as young people grow to maturity, they experience adjustments in their relationships with others as expectations change.

  3. Say: In this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear about how Jesus was received when he taught in the synagogue in his hometown. Let’s listen carefully to this Gospel reading.

RELATED PAGE: Catholic Resources

SOURCE: © 2021 Loyola Press. All rights reserved. Website offers background to readings, and Sunday Connections for Grades 1-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-8, and Family.
The Religion Teacher – Jared Dees

Lesson Plan and Activities

SOURCE: The Religion Teacher

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