Baptism of the Lord Sunday A

Day: Baptism of the Lord Sunday A

Lectionary Passage: Matthew 3:13-17

Scripture Focus: Matthew 3:13:17

Object: Bleach, dropper/teaspoon, jar, water, and food coloring

Preparation: In a clear jar, add water and 2-3 drops of food coloring.

Hey everyone! Today we are celebrating the Baptism of Jesus. One day, Jesus met up with his cousin, John the Baptist. And at the river Jordan, John baptized Jesus. When Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened up and the Holy Spirit came down like a dove and God said “This is my Son whom I dearly love; I find happiness in him.” Each year we remember and celebrate this event because Baptism is a big part of being friends with Jesus.

In fact, Baptism is a sacrament. That’s a very big and important word, and really it just means “mystery.” You see, we don’t really understand how baptism works, but we know from the Bible that when we are baptized, we are cleansed of sin.

It’s kind of like this water. Right now it’s dark and stained. Kind of like we can be stained by sins. But watch this (add a teaspoon of bleach to the water and stir it around)… Suddenly the water is clear again! It’s totally clean! When we are baptized, God’s Holy Spirit comes down on us, stirs up some grace inside of us, and cleans us of any sin.

I can’t tell you how Baptism works, that’s a mystery only God can explain. But we do know Jesus asked his friends to be baptized. (This is a good opportunity to quickly mention the baptism tradition in your church – infant, believer’s baptism, or all – and invite the children to learn more about their baptism as an infant or being baptized in the church).

Let’s pray together: Thank you God for giving us the holy mystery of baptism so that we can be made clean of sin to follow Jesus’ way. Amen.

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Baptism of Jesus A

Day: Baptism of Jesus

Lectionary Passage: Matthew 3:13-17

Scripture Focus: Matthew 3:16-17

Object: Sharpie marker and an object (make sure the marker will NOT rub off whatever you choose)

Today’s Bible story is about a very special event: the Baptism of Jesus! But he isn’t the only one to get baptized. I bet most of us in this room have been baptized. Some when we were just babies, others when they were teenagers and maybe others when they were a lot older. Some people get baptized with a whole of lot of water like when you go swimming and some just get a little sprinkle on top of their head. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how much water is used, the most important thing is that you were baptized!

You see, when you’re baptized, it’s like having “property of God” stamped on your life. Kind of like how I wrote “property of Danyelle” on this cup. No matter what I do… (rub it with your fingers)…. (lick your thumb and try to wipe it off)… (put it on the floor and try to stomp on it)… (etc.)… that notice isn’t coming off this cup. It’s there for good! Well, in baptism, God stamped “property of God”  on your life and that claim by God can never be erased. No matter what you do, no matter how much trouble you get into, or how much bad stuff you may do, you’ll always belong to God. Because God always keeps promises. And when God claimed you in baptism as God’s very own, God meant forever and ever and ever no matter what.

Let’s pray: God we are so thankful that you have claimed us as yours. Help us to follow Jesus every day. Amen.