At the very beginning of service this Sunday, Mary Flaherty will read the first sentences from The Bible: “In the beginning God created the sky and the earth….Darkness covered the ocean, and God’s Spirit was moving over the water. Then God said, ‘Let there be light!” And there was light…’ – Adapted from The International Children’s Bible
No plant, animal or person can survive without water and light. No person can be happy without love. This Sunday, we will learn about the baptism of Jesus. Jesus was a carpenter when he was a young man, and lived with his family in Nazareth. When he was about thirty years old, Jesus decided it was time for him to tell people about God and to share God’s love with others. The story of Jesus’ baptism is about water, light and love.
John was baptizing people in the desert. Many people from Judea and Jerusalem were going out to John… [They] were baptized by John in the Jordan River. John wore clothes made from camel’s hair and had a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts and wild honey.
This is what John preached to the people: “There is one coming later who is greater than I… …I baptize you with water. But the one who is coming will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
At that time, Jesus came from the town of Nazareth in Galilee …John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. When Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven open. The Holy Spirit came down on him like a dove. A voice came from heaven and said: “You are my Son and I love you. I am very pleased with you.” – Mark 1: 4-11. – Adapted from The International Children’s Bible
What would it be like to be baptised in a river? Here is a picture of Jesus’ baptism that you can color while you are watching and listening to the worship service, or when you have a quiet moment.
Talk to your parents or grandparents about baptism. Some people are baptised as adults, like Jesus was, and others are baptised as babies or young children. If you were baptised, are there any pictures of that day, or are there pictures of you as a tiny baby? If you’ve ever been to a baptism you know that the child’s family brings them to church on a Sunday, and during the worship service, the child, parents and members of their family come to the front of the church. The minister introduces the child and family to the church community and reminds everyone in church that each of us is a child of God; each of us is loved by God. Then the minister pours a small amount of water on the head of the child who is being baptised and welcomes this child of God to the community. Members of the church stand and promise to support the parents and the child as they learn about God’s love. This very important ceremony reminds the child and his or her family that they are all loved by God and that they are part of a church family that cares about them.
No matter how old we are, or what we do, we are never alone. God’s love is always with us. His love washes over us like water, and his light shines on us and inside us. When we let our lights shine, and share God’s love with others we make the world a better place. This wonderful song, This Little Light of Mine, reminds us all to care for others and to let our lives shine every day in every way.
I pray that the week ahead brings you and your family light and love.