This Sunday we will celebrate the baptism of our Lord in my congregation. Two baptism items come to our mind that we'd love to share with you. First, we love the hymn for this Sunday that is titled: Lord, When You Came to Jordan. The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion explains that the hymn focuses on Jesus' baptism and lifts up the tradition that suggests it was a moment of personal revelation as well as an outward sign of his mission. It asks questions concerning Jesus' inner life and then becomes a prayer on behalf of our being able to see God's work today. We just love when a story is told! We often convey a story in our stoles and worship banners and when we're in worship and the visual connects with the Word and the music the story really hits home!
Secondly, have you read Water, Come Down! The Day You Were Baptized by Walter Wangerin is beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Gerardo Suzan? It is a wonderfully imagined story of God's power and love joined in the baptism event---a story that will grow richer in meaning each time the book is read. We appreciate that the author also provides several pages of excellent resources for family Bible study, exploring the scriptural sources behind his story and making the theological concepts both accessible and engaging.
What do you relish about the celebration of baptism?