Stephen and Ellen
2010-01-11 by David von Schlichten

Stephen, thanks for sharing the use of the pine branch. That sounds like an excellent multi-sensory exercise. How did Sunday go for others?

I agree with you, Ellen, that Safiyah's poem is edifying. I encourage others to share poetry. In fact, we have a special site under Share It! devoted to poetry.

I look forward to more posts. All are welcome in the Tub.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





Post-Sermon Reflection
2010-01-11 by Stephen Schuette

At the close of the sermon I wandered in the congregation with the President of the congregation holding a bowl while I sprinkled water from a pine branch.  Other traditions are better at this symbolism, so I tried to reassure folk that it's water! and it's a sign of life, and if they really needed to shield their glasses feel free...but feel it, and remember who you are!  Remember your identity and calling!

Folk responded positively to the combination of message and tactile reminder.  By the way a short pine branch with the longer needles (not spruce) worked very, very well.





thank you for the poem
2010-01-10 by Ellen

 I used this poem on Baptism today in worship - I found it to be very thoughtful. Thank you so much for posting it. I have filed it to use again.

Thank you for being a blessing.

Ellen





Post-Sermon Reflection
2010-01-10 by David von Schlichten

For the Baptism of our Lord, I focused on baptism in general. I asked people, "Who are you?" and invited them to contemplate that question. I then explained that central to our identity is baptism, which assures us eternal life, forgiveness of sins, and new intimacy with God. Others may have such blessings, but we are assured of them.

There was no strong response. A few people said that they liked the sermon. One person said, "'Who am I?' I never thought about that before."

Ontologically, I am

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator 





Safiyah and Baptism
2010-01-09 by David von Schlichten

Our guest blogger provided helpful posts, including some meditative poetry, in which Safiyah makes effective use of sun/cloud imagery, as well as water imagery, to help us contemplate anew our identity as the baptized.

I posted my sermon at the cafe, which is on baptism in general and not on Christ's baptism.

Yours in Christ,

David von Schlichten, Lectionary Blog Moderator





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