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Who Are You?

What image of God's kingdom speaks to you?

People had many different ideas about who Jesus might be. Today's gospel tells us that Peter was one of the first to recognize him for who he really was. Imagine the responses you might receive if you asked others, "Who do you say that I am?" Record their responses, then record your own response.

"Who do you say that I am?" 

Others' responses

Your parent(s) or guardian(s):

You are____________________________________________________

A classmate who is not a close friend:

You are____________________________________________________

A coach or teacher who knows you:

You are____________________________________________________

Your best friend:

You are_____________________________________________________

Your response:

I am________________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________

Which of these responses is most important to you right now? How will you act as a person of faith in reply to these responses?

Marking the Keys

On this or a separate piece of paper, draw three keys with a round or rectangular key tag attached to each one. Keys are symbols of leadership and influence on others who come into our lives. They are also symbols of service in our Church. Mark each key tag with one way you will try to serve, lead, and influence others toward the kingdom of God.

Suggestions:
· I will encourage others to work with me against racism and other forms of discrimination.
· I will pray for and practice the leadership skills of wisdom, unselfishness, and drawing out others? gifts.
· I will influence others by my example and by speaking up for those who are abused or forgotten by society.



Prayer Keys

Make copies of the prayer key, one for each child. Help the children cut out the keys and glue them to construction paper. Place a piece of magnet on the back of each paper. Read the prayer with the children and explain that we are praying for all those people who have positions of leadership and authority in our world, such as the pope, the bishops and priests, the president of our country, members of Congress, the principal, teachers, and parents. Encourage the children to place these keys on their refrigerators at home and to pray the prayer with their families often.

Hymn of Praise

Give each child a musical note cut out of construction paper. On the note have them write or illustrate one thing for which they want to praise God. Ideas include for creating them, for loving them, for all their many gifts, for listening to them, etc. Place these notes on a bulletin board to resemble a musical score. Title the bulletin board, "We Praise You, Lord."







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