Table Talk: Week of January 8, 2017

For the next few weeks, we will be experimenting with our Sunday School organization. Godly Play will encompass 1st-5th grade. Godly Play is designed to be used for all age levels and we have wanted to expand the experience. This desire, combined with the struggle to recruit teachers for this oldest group, persuaded us to try something new. In the lead up to Lent, we will see how having the groups together works and then evaluate how to proceed from there. We’d love to hear feedback from parents and children as the process unfolds.

Holy Baptism

The First Sunday after Epiphany is also known as the Baptism of our Lord. Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into the Church.

We baptize people in the name of the Father…the Son…and the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we call the Father the Creator. We call the Son the Redeemer. We call the Holy Spirit the Sustainer. People are baptized at all ages, from babies through the very old. We ask the person about to be baptized questions, or the parents or godparents if they are babies. We say prayers for them.

We name the person also. We say the person’s name, and then we say

“I baptize you in the name of the Father…and the son…and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Then we say,

“You are sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever. Amen.”

(you can read the entire rite of baptism here)

Table Talk Questions

  1. I wonder what it means to be baptized?
  2. I wonder how we are baptized?
  3. I wonder why the Father is called the Creator?
  4. I wonder why Jesus is called the Redeemer?
  5. I wonder why the Holy Spirit is called the Sustainer?
  6. I wonder if we have to be baptized for God to love us?