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!
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:
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.”