for 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
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.)
for using plain, old water
to touch us
and claim us
as part of Your family.
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.