Week Six of Summer Sunday School
“Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars.” Genesis 15:5
“God kept His promise.”
Source: The Catholic Bible for Children, Page 26
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This Week’s Prayer
“Act of Hope”
“O my God, I hope with sure confidence that,
through the merits of Jesus Christ,
you will grant me your grace in this world,
and eternal happiness in the next
because you have always promised this,
and you always keep your promises.”
Source: A Missal for Children Page 85
For Parents To Teach To Their Children
We Begin to Learn Our Creed, Stanza by Stanza
“He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.”
“Abrahams Visitors” USCCB.org, Genesis, chapter 18:1-15
as he sat in the entrance of his tent,
while the day was growing hot.
Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby.
When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them;
and bowing to the ground, he said:
‘Sir, if I may ask you this favor,
please do not go on past your servant.
Let some water be brought, that you may bathe your feet,
and then rest yourselves under the tree.
Now that you have come this close to your servant,
let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves;
and afterward you may go on your way.’
The men replied, ‘Very well, do as you have said. Abraham hastened into the tent and told Sarah,
‘Quick, three measures of fine flour! Knead it and make rolls.’
He ran to the herd, picked out a tender, choice steer,
and gave it to a servant, who quickly prepared it.
Then Abraham got some curds and milk,
as well as the steer that had been prepared,
and set these before the three men;
and he waited on them under the tree while they ate.They asked Abraham, ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’
He replied, ‘There in the tent.’
One of them said, ‘I will surely return to you about this time next year,
and Sarah will then have a son.'”
Gospel “Martha and Mary.” USCCB. Luke, Chapter 10:38-42
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
‘Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.’
The Lord said to her in reply,
‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.'”
An Excerpt for Children
“Read this poem. Think about one way you can obey God today. Make a promise to God to do your best to please hime every day.”
“Abram and Sara had no son.
God came to Abram and promised him one.
The God promised even greater things:
many descendants and some of them kings.
God said: ‘Your name now Abraham will be
From you will come many nations, you’ll see.
Obey me and always do what is right
and I’ll be your God with all my might.”
Source: The Catholic Children’s Bible, Page17:1, 3-8, Genesis chapter 17 Page 44-45
An Excerpt for Young Children
“Abraham and Isaac”
“Abraham was a friend of God. One day, God called to him, ‘Leave your country, and go to the land I will show you.’ Abraham took his wife, Sarah, and his whole family and walked a very long time. One evening, he at last pitched a tent under some oak trees: ‘Look Sarah, this land is for us and for our children.’ But Sarah was sad because she was old and had no children.
It was noon. Abraham saw three travelers in the distance. ‘Sarah! Quick, bake some bread! We have visitors!’ The three travelers rested under an oak tree. ‘In one year’, one of them said, “you will have a baby.’ Sarah laughed, ‘That’s not possible, we’re too old!’
‘Nothing is impossible for God’, answered the traveler.'”
Source: The Catholic Bible for Children, Pages 12-13, “Abraham and Isaac” Genesis 12:1-5; 15:3-7; 18:1-15; 21:1-7 Pages 24-25
Our Writing Project–Learning to Write Limericks
Limericks are a funny poetic form that has five lines. Lines one, two and five all have a last word that rhymes, and have a word count of 7-10 syllables. Lines four and five have 5-7 syllables and the last words of each line rhyme.
“A limerick is a short and fun five-line fun poem with a distinctive rhythm. The first, second and fifth lines are longer than the third and fourth lines. The rhyming pattern is AABBA. The longer A lines rhyme with each other and the shorter B lines rhyme with each other.
This week, invite your children to try to write a limerick about Abraham’s life, as a family team. I had fun coming up with a couple of silly limericks that had key words about Abraham and Sarah from “Genesis.”
Here are key words for the kids to try and incorporate into a silly poem: Abram, Saraí, Abraham, Sara, Sarah, Ur (area Abraham left), cur (old, snarly dog), sack cloth (coarse cloth, and/or clothes for mourning), move, leave, abroad (foreign country, far away), childless, old, stars, grains of sand, descendants, God’s promise, angels, travelers, visitors.
Connie’s Silly Limericks
Old Abram had a visit from God.
“Get up and start moving abroad!”
“Take family and friends,
sheep, goats and some hens.”
Abe said, “Yes!” with a big happy nod.
There once was an old rancher from Ur
Whose clothes were of sackcloth and fur.
God told him to move.
He had to behoove.
And take, family, herds, and his cur.
There was an old couple from Ur,
Tho’ childless, they loved an old cur.
God told Abe to go
And to take the whole show
to a land God said they’d prefer.
Abe and Saraí were a hundred and three.
They’d lived in Ur many years for free.
God said, “Time to move!”
“You’ll find a new groove.”
Abe said, “That’s news good enough for me!”
Our Art Project
Invite your children to use their imagination and use crayons, markers, watercolors, or pastels to draw or paint a tent or a desert scene. None of us know what color Abraham’s tent was, so go wild! The art project is to help kids understand where and how Abraham and Sarah lived as they left Ur and made their way to Canaan (later, Israel).