Interceding for Others
Whom do you see witnessing to Christ?
For Peace and Justice Causes
Share your petitions in a group prayer service.
Recognizing JesusThe disciples did not at first recognize the risen Jesus. He was the same Jesus they had known before he rose from the dead. But he was transformed in some way that made it harder to recognize him.
Complete each of the following statements to share how you have recognized Jesus in those who follow him.
I have recognized Jesus in a friend or classmate who ___________________________________
I have recognized Jesus in a parent or teacher who ___________________________________
I have recognized Jesus in a priest or missionary who ___________________________________
I hope others have recognized Jesus in me when I _______________________________________
My WitnessesThe gospel reading concludes with Jesus telling his disciples that they are to witness to his life, death, and Resurrection. Teach the following song to the children to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb.
You shall be my witnesses,
My witnesses, my witnesses.
You shall be my witnesses
To everyone you meet.
Tell them how I lived and died,
Lived and died, lived and died.
Tell them how I lived and died;
And rose to have new life.
The Risen JesusRead the gospel and then discuss it with the children. Ask questions such as,
“How did the disciples react when they saw the risen Jesus?”Gather the children in a circle. Place a picture of the risen Jesus in the center of the circle. Lead the children in the following prayer.
“Why were they afraid?”
“Have you ever been afraid?”
“Do you think you would have reacted the same way as the apostles if you saw the risen Jesus?”
“What did Jesus do to calm the fears of the apostles?”
“Dear Jesus, Lord of peace,
be with us today and always.
Calm our fears and doubts.
Help us to live as your faithful children.
This we pray. Amen.”