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Loaves and fishes book -- John 6:1-21 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B
Teachers or Parents: This is the story of the boy who shared his
What is your name? -- Luke 2:21
Teachers: The lesson tells about Jesus being given a name. Go
An image of God's kingdom -- Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A
During our sermon time we discussed the lesson for today using dot-to-dot image.
Promises, promises -- Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 -- Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 - B
Teachers or Parents: In this Gospel reading, we see Jesus
The puzzle of two sons -- Matthew 21:23-32 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - A
Teachers: This week's Bible story is about a father and two
Not ordinary, but special -- Luke 4:21-30 -- Second Sunday after Christmas - C
Teachers: Today's Gospel lesson mentions the hometown people's surprise as Jesus speaks to them, not
Prepare the way -- Luke 3:1-6 -- Second Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: Make this Sunday's activity a time for your students
Watching for the real thing -- Mark 13:1-8 -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - B
Materials Old magazines that can be cut apart Glue Construction paper
Showing off -- Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 -- Ash Wednesday - A
Teachers or Parents: Do some research in a Bible dictionary
Serving -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Maundy Thursday - B
Teachers or Parents: Jesus himself showed his followers a
"Don't cheat!" -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C
Teachers or Parents: The Gospel this week gives us a
John the Baptist -- Mark 1:1-8 -- Second Sunday of Advent - B
Teachers or Parents: John the Baptist is a biblical figure
Get rid of bad habits -- Mark 9:38-50 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B
Teachers: This week's lesson, in essence, reminds Christians
It's in the book! -- Luke 24:13-35 -- Third Sunday of Easter - A
Teachers or Parents: Jesus, our Master, tells the two
"Communication" -- Luke 11:1-13 -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - C
Teachers or Parents: The Gospel theme is prayer and the
Who will do the work? -- Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 -- Proper 9 | Ordinary Time 14 - C
In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus says, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Kneeling down in prayer -- Matthew 2:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - A
Materials:
Where's Jesus? -- Mark 6:30-34 -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - B
Teachers or Parents: In this lesson Jesus tried to take his
Expensive perfume -- John 12:1-8 -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C
Teachers or Parents: Children are often impressed with a
Strong like a rock -- Matthew 7:21-29 -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - A
The beauty of today's reading is that it is so easy to understand.
Ephphatha -- Mark 7:24-37 -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - B
Teachers or Parents: Just as Jesus opened the ears of the deaf
Christ's prize-winner -- Philippians 3:4b-14 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - A
Teachers: Paul writes about "pressing on toward the goal." He
Deep water -- Luke 5:1-11 -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C
Teachers: This week's children's message has that great story of the disciples letting down their ne
Rejoice always! -- Philippians 4:4-7 -- Third Sunday of Advent - C
Teachers: Focus your activity on the second lesson this
He's got the whole world -- John 18:33-37 -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - B
Materials Scissors Blue craft foam Craft foam of another color Glue

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Your heart -- 1 Timothy 1:12-17 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into
Praying for each other -- Colossians 1:1-14 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2007
In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus
Sandals -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
Materials:
A special gift -- 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2007
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus
Back home -- Luke 15:1-10 -- Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 - C -- 2007
And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow
Caring for others -- Luke 10:25-37 -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - C -- 2007
"Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into
Let it rain -- James 5:7-10 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives th
Feet washing -- John 13:1-17, 31b-35 -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2007
So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash
Pray for your leaders -- 1 Timothy 2:1-7 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2007
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and
Now or later? -- Matthew 11:2-11 -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
... and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" (v.
Provoking others -- Hebrews 10:16-25 -- Good Friday - C -- 2007
And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not
Responsibility -- Luke 16:1-13 -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - C -- 2007
Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is
We are chosen -- Romans 1:1-7 -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2007
... including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. (v. 6)
Jesus' hangout -- John 18:1--19:42 -- Good Friday - C -- 2007
After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the
Sharing riches -- 1 Timothy 6:6-19 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty,
The greatest -- Titus 2:11-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. (v. 11)
In order -- 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 -- Easter Day - C -- 2007
But each in his order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who
The Bible -- Luke 16:19-31 -- Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - C -- 2007
He [Abraham] said to him, "If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets,
Baby Jesus -- Luke 2:1-14 -- The Nativity of our Lord - A -- 2007
This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a mange
In the tomb -- John 20:1-16 -- Easter Day - C -- 2007
He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did
Healing -- 2 Timothy 1:1-14 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2007
For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you
Backpacking -- Matthew 2:13-23 -- First Sunday after Christmas Day - A -- 2007
Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt. (v. 14a)
Retainers -- John 20:19-31 -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2007
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the
The best size -- Luke 17:5-10 -- Proper 22 | Ordinary Time 27 - C -- 2007
The Lord replied, "If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to
Epiphany -- Ephesians 3:1-12 -- Epiphany of the Lord - A -- 2007
In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it
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