Something So Common

glassfor Sunday, January 13, 2013
The Baptism of the Lord
1st Sunday after Epiphany
lectionary focus: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
prop: a clear glass of water

Good morning!

This is a glass of water. Just an ordinary glass of plain, boring water. Water is one of those common things that is important. Plants and animals and people need water to live. We drink it; we cook and wash with it; we make electricity using it; we swim and play in it. Water is found everywhere: in our homes, our schools, our yards, our parks, the sky, even in the Bible.

In our Bible story today, John the Baptist is in the River Jordan, teaching and preaching about Jesus. John is preparing the people for when Jesus begins His ministry. John baptizes them, welcoming them into God’s family. But John tells the people: “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit…”

In our church, like John, we welcome people into God’s family and baptize them with water. (Briefly explain the steps of baptism in your congregation.) But Jesus has come. And so now in baptism, the water is a symbol that we are touched by the Holy Spirit and that we are claimed by God. Yep, with just plain, old, boring water, we are marked as God’s own.

I like that we use something so common for something so special. God is cool that way.

So the next time you wash your hands, or drink a glass of water, or get wet in the rain or snow….remember you are part of God’s family. You are touched by the Holy Spirit. You are loved.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for using plain, old water
to touch us
and claim us
as part of Your family.
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.

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3 responses to “Something So Common

  1. Marvellous! especially for those who sometimes do not think they are special enough for God!

  2. Thank-you again for you wonderful resource…this is the perfect illustration to use in worship theme time as then the children will be going off to hear the Godly Play story of the Baptism of Jesus in their Sunday School class. Blessings to you for the important work you do…you just made my prep day today easier!

  3. Thanks so much for this great idea! I’m using this as a spring board for my children’s sermon tomorrow at church! At my church the kids too will then go off to hear the Godly Play story on baptism of Jesus. 🙂

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