Read- May 20, 2020
Scripture: Ephesians 1:5-6
Baptism is the initiation into the Christian faith. In the Episcopal tradition, a person's human family brings them before a church family to proclaim that, first and foremost, that child is a part of God's family. Both the human family and the church family commit to raising that child in the faith until the child grows into an adult who can then choose to acknowledge their adoption into the family of God.
Author The Rev. Anna V. Ostenso Moore and illustrator Peter Krueger have crafted a beautiful children's book, Today Is a Baptism Day, depicting Baptism as practiced in the Episcopal Church. The images of the rite and the meaning of Baptism are explored in a way that is appropriate for and useful to all ages.
After reading the book, discuss these questions:
- The author asked at the end of the video, "I wonder what part of this story you are in?" How would you respond?
- What does Baptism look like in your faith tradition? What signs, symbols and words are used during a Baptism?
- What did you notice about the community in the book? Did you see anyone who looked like you or people at your church?