Monthly Archives: December 2014

Jesus Gets Baptized!

Ready to start telling the scriptures by heart in 2015? The story of Jesus’ baptism from Mark is a wonderful place to start! A re-post from 2014…

WATCH AND WONDER

Hear the story of John the Baptist and Jesus as it unfolds in Mark.
Watch the images–they’ll be useful as you learn to tell the story!

Mark 1:1-11

 

WONDER WORDS

A brief pitstop to help before you get to story-learning

REPENTANCE The story tells us John was “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” To repent is to TURN AROUND. You may have noticed that when “repentance” came up in the video, this image appeared: Repent turn around
When they repented, they turned around–and they turned toward God. They turned towards God’s love and forgiveness. That IS good news!

CONFESSING To confess is to admit the truth (to tell the truth).  When we confess to God, we admit things to God. Of course, God already knows all about us, but telling God is part of how we show God we care and that we want to do better. Confessing is easier when we remember that God always forgives. The next time you pray, what might you tell God?

Learn it BY HEART

Ideas to get you started in your story learning journey

1. Read the story out loud. Here is a written version of the story: Mark 1 1 to 11 NRSV
      If there is more than one of you, you could also pass the story around, reading one sentence or paragraph per person.

2.Watch the video again.

3. Using the images from the video (click here: Mark 1 video images), try to retell the story as best as you are able. Don’t worry about getting all the words right–it’s more important to get the ideas right in the beginning!

4. Think you’ve got it? Watch the video–but MUTE it! See if you can remember the parts of the story.

WAYS to WONDER

Go deeper in your understanding of the story through play, personal storytelling, and reflection.

For all ages:

1. Using not just your mind, but your whole body, imagine what it would be like to see a dove coming down from heaven. Now imagine what it would be like to eat locusts with honey.   😉

2. Tell a story of baptism.

Keys to telling your story:
Where were you? (Consider the sights, smells, sounds, etc.)
Who was there?
What were you (or others) feeling at the time? Thinking? Has that changed over time?
What actions occurred?
Did you have a sense of God in the moment? Has that changed over time?
If you have pictures of the baptismal day, take this opportunity to look at them!

 

3. Google it! There many ways people are baptized. Google images of baptism to learn more about how baptism is practiced throughout the world.

For the older set:

In part, Jesus’ baptism was his inaugural event. It was a preparatory event. How did it prepare him for what was to come? How might Jesus have felt in that baptismal moment?

Remembering that the Spirit will immediately drive him into the wilderness–remembering the whole story of Christ’s life to come–tell Jesus’ baptism portion again. Imagine you are Jesus witnessing the dove’s descent and hearing the words of God’s love. What might/does it feel like to be so loved?

Even (perhaps especially) in our adulthood, it is easy to lose sight of this belovedness. If this is the case for you, perhaps you can receive this story as a gift and reminder of your own belovedness.

Witness the dove descending and hear the voice from heaven:

“You are my child, whom I love;
          with you I am well pleased.”
 

There is always more to tell…for background on how I made some of my decisions for telling (and things to consider as you develop your own way of telling) click MARK 1 More to tell.

The final day: Christmas by Heart

Thanks again to Ann Timmons and Mark Davis for their contributions.
I can’t wait to hear your stories of storytelling!

Day 12

Day 11 & Update on Jesse Tree!

Due to illness, “Tales from the Jesse Tree” will be on brief hiatus for the next few days as I try to get my voice in working condition!

Christmas by Heart is almost complete!!! Thanks to Ann Timmons for her wisdom for Day 11.

Christmas by Heart: Day 10

Almost there! Last two videos will be released Monday and Tuesday. Have a great weekend!

 

Day 10

A VIDEO Episode: Tales from the Jesse Tree

There will be no audio podcast today–instead, you will get to watch the wonderful Heather West tell the story of Jesse’s sons…and the choosing of David.

Enjoy!

 

Christmas by Heart: Day 9

Christmas by Heart: Day 8

Thanks to Mark Davis for his wisdom! Check out his blog: leftbehindandlovingit.blogspot.com to read even more of his thoughtful exegetical work!

Day 8

Christmas by Heart: Day 7

Here you go!!!

Day 7

Christmas by Heart: Day 6

Thanks again to my friend and speaking coach, Ann Timmons–she rocks!

DAY 6