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Baptism of the Lord (B)

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Intro to the Readings

Baptism of the Lord (B)

Key Images

  • Here is my servant
  • Chosen and appointed
  • The gift of the Holy Spirit and power
  • Baptizing with water
  • I am pleased with you
SOURCES: Catholic Diocese of Auckland

Memory Verse

You are my beloved Son

God the Father is pleased with his Son.

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SOURCE: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Southbury, CT

Getting Started

Welcoming of all people

The reading from Isaiah is the first of what are called the Servant Songs. We now see the servant as being Jesus, the Messiah, a leader who will bring justice, peace and healing. Before Jesus came, the Jews felt that God’s Spirit was no longer alive in the world. God’s communication with the people had ceased since the time of the Prophets. But the baptism of the Lord in the Jordan once again signals a renewal of the relationship between God and all the people, including Gentiles.

By Jewish law, Jesus was probably about thirty years old, the legal age for public teaching. He was baptised as a sign of his obedience and compliance with the will of God. In Jewish literature, a voice from heaven is thesign of a religious teacher, a prophet. The readings are full of symbolism about the renewed relationship God is instituting to end our separation. The word baptism comes from a Greek word meaning ‘to plunge’. The first Christians were baptised by being plunged into running streams or rivers, following the practice of John. Later, large fonts were built in churches and baptism of the faithful (usually adults) was by full immersion.

SOURCE: Catholic Diocese of Auckland; Accompanying cartoon from The Cartoon Gospel, Used with permission.

Children’s Videos

Baptism of the Lord (B)

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Children’s Handouts PDF’s

Baptism of the Lord (B)

THE KIDS BULLETIN
Teacher and mom, THERESA, creates Kids’ Bulletins, a resource for Catholic kids about the readings for Sunday’s Mass every week. More resources from Theresa can be found at Teachers Pay Teachers website. Click on image/text to download entire bulletin for your children.

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CATHOLIC MOM WORKSHEETS
CATHOLIC MOM is a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries offering children’s handouts of Gospel Reading, a coloring page, lesson plans, Mass Worksheets for ages 7-10 and 11-14, Word Search, and Crossword puzzle.
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SDC WORKSHEET
The S.D.C., a Catholic Society in the UK, provides worksheets for use in Sunday Liturgy groups for children.

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CROSSWORD PUZZLE
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HOLY HEROES (2:55):
Gospel Reading: Mark 1:7-11 GO TO LESSON

Children’s Skits

Baptism of the Lord (B)

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:7-11

by Larry Broding

Reader 1:

John always preached, “Someone who has more power than I will soon come after me. I am not worthy to even bend down and loosen his sandal strap. I always baptize you with water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit!”

Reader 2:

During that time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan river. When Jesus came out of the water, he saw the sky open at that moment and the Holy Spirit come down like a dove. The Spirit entered Jesus. There was a sound from heaven. “You are my Son, the sound announced, “I love you and I am very pleased with you!”

SOURCE: Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com (Copyright 1999-2017). Viewers may copy any material found in these pages for their personal use or for use in any non-profit ministry. Materials may not be sold or used for personal financial gain.

Church Skits by Tanis Harms

Having Hope

SCRIPTURE: Mt.3:1-17; Mk.1:1-8, Lk.3:1-17, Jhn1:1-34

Style:     drama/conversation:  JOHN THE BAPTIST
.             and RUEBEN flashback to childhood
.             experiences as they discuss the Messiah
.             and the hope that He will bring
Cast:      JOHN THE BAPTIST (male adult)
.             RUEBEN           (male adult)
.             JOHN the Baptist (male child)
.             RUEBEN           (male child)
.             GIRL 1
.             GIRL 2
.             NARRATOR         (optional)

SCRIPT:

(As adults, JOHN enters, while calling out.  
RUEBEN follows and gets his attention.)

JOHN       I am A VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS,
.          “MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY OF THE LORD!”

RUEBEN     John the Baptizer, are you a prophet
.          or the Christ?

(JOHN turns to study RUEBEN’S face for a moment, unsure.)

JOHN       Rueben?

RUEBEN     John?!  I- barely recognize you.  Well?…
.          Could you possibly be the Christ?

JOHN       Do you not remember when we were children?

(JOHN and RUEBEN freeze while…)

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SOURCE: Church Skits by Tanis Harms; used with permission.
MINISTRY TO CHILDREN (10:51): There are bound to be questions and even some confusions when it comes to the baptism of Jesus, or baptism in general. These crafts serve as a reminder of the baptism of Jesus, representing the story of the Holy Spirit’s presence as well as the blessings found in salvation. . Prepared by Kristin Schmidt, who serves at the Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, CO.

Activities

Baptism of the Lord (B)

Crafts on the Baptism of Jesus

Try these Baptism crafts! They will help teach about the Baptism of Jesus in your Kids’ Sunday School class. See more Bible crafts, activities, and coloring pages on our website.

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Catholic Families

Celebrating the family’s baptisms

  • Celebrate the Baptism of the Lord by having a celebration of Baptisms in your own family. Invite all godparents for this special occasion. Place symbols of Baptism on a table in your home. Tell family stories about Baptisms.
  • How does your family help you better live the new life that has been given to you at Baptism?
SOURCE: Our Sunday Visitor

Discussion Questions

Baptism of the Lord (B)

Sunday Connection

The Spirit of God comes upon Jesus as he is baptized by John

Reflection Questions for Grades 1-3, 4-6, and 7-8 which help connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.

SOURCE: Loyola Press

CAFOD LESSON

THIS WEEK'S LESSON
CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. We are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Baptism of the Lord

Today we hear how John baptised Jesus in the River Jordan. What happened as Jesus was baptised? The Holy Spirit came down and rested on him. And God spoke saying to Jesus, “You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.”

Who here has been baptised? Do you know?

Most of us are baptised when we are babies, so you might not remember it. Have you ever been to a baptism that you do remember? What happens at a baptism?

Talk the children through a baptism, the promises that are made on the child’s behalf, pouring of water, anointing with oil, lighting of a candle etc.

Why do we get baptised?

Through baptism our sins are forgiven. It is also the way that we are welcomed as a member of the Church community – a big family that stretches all around the world. We are committed to God and to trying to live our lives the way that God wants us to.

How do you think God wants us to live our lives?

God calls us to be kind and generous, to share with others and forgive others and to try always to do what is right. God asks us to love our neighbour as ourselves.

It is not easy, but in the same way that the Holy Spirit came to Jesus when he was baptised, we are baptised with water and the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is there to help us when we find things difficult and to guide us to make the right choices.

We are all children of God, so how can we try to live our lives the way God wants us to in the coming week?

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SOURCE: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (UK)

Doctrine of the Week

Baptism of the Lord (B)

The Holy Spirit

IMPORTANT: "The universal OFFER of salvation" should not be confused with the belief in "Universal Salvation" (Universalism) which is inconsistent to the Catholic faith.

As depicted in the New Testament scripture for today’s feast, the Spirit was powerfully manifested at the baptism of Jesus. At our own baptism, we profess our belief through the power of that very same Spirit. It is the third person of the Trinity, the Advocate and Guide, the Consoler and Paraclete who quickens faith within us (CCC 683).

What do we believe about this vital Spirit that shapes our faith? Although there are references to the Spirit throughout Sacred Scripture, Catholic teaching on it developed in conjunction with the doctrine on the Trinity. This teaching took shape later in history, using both Old and New Testament sources. The Nicene Creed that we profess every Sunday lays out for us four essential points in the Catholic understanding of the Holy Spirit.

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Primary Session

The word Holy Spirit

Write the word Holy Spirit on a large sheet of poster paper or a chalkboard. Explain that the Holy Spirit is present in our Church and in our hearts. Invite the children to brainstorm how the Spirit helps us in our daily lives. Write down their responses.

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Intermediate Session

Dove Notes

Invite the children to create “Dove Notes.” Provide a simple dove outline cut out of white paper for each child and crayons. On the dove invite the children to write a short note of encouragement to help brighten another child’s day. Then collect the notes and have each child come forward and pick one.

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Junior High School

Spirit Signs

Invite the young people to create Spirit signs to help inspire teens to be their best selves. Divide into small groups and provide each group with a large sheet of white paper and markers. Have each group create a “Spirit Sign” with a message to inspire teens. Invite one person from each group share their sign with the large group.

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SOURCE: RCL Bensiger Lectionary Resources
From Our Point of View (2:38): Humility is the ultimate form of kindness. We discuss the importance of being humble and how to be humble. Why be humble? Humility is recognizing the value in others, while knowing your own value. T

Virtue of the Week

Baptism of the Lord (B)

Humility

Humility is the virtue that allows us to remain grounded in the fact that we are Gods’ creation and as such are called to be God’s instruments in the world.

First Reading

Humility is a virtue that is not often talked about in today’s society, yet it is through the virtue of humility that people are able to accomplish many great things. To live in humility means that we are grounded in the fact that we are God’s creations.

Gospel

In this very brief story, we are given a glimpse of the relationship between Jesus and Saint John the Baptist. Both individuals are true models of humility. Jesus humbles himself when he comes forward to be baptized as an example for others, while Saint John the Baptist states that his baptizing of others is merely a preamble to the great baptism that will come through Jesus. Neither men are driven by ego, but rather are led by the virtue of humility.

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SOURCE: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University; "Build. Plant. Grow." = a free faith formation resource which aligns with the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church. Videos on this page are NOT affiliated with Markkula Center.
Story Fun with Mr. M (11:29)

Children's Stories

Baptism of the Lord (B)

Book of the Week

The Tower

The Tower is the story of a young man who wishes to be great and who decides that in order to accomplish this, he must be above everyone else. He builds a tall tower to live in, but in living above the rest of his villagers, he finds that he is very isolated. After a while, he is visited by a bird who tells him about a person whom even the birds look up to. The young man climbs down from his tower to meet this person, and finds that the person is a small old woman who spends her time feeding the birds. The woman explains to the young man that to be great is not to be higher than others, but to lift others higher.

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SOURCE: Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University; "Build. Plant. Grow." = a free faith formation resource which aligns with the Liturgical Year of the Roman Catholic Church. The accompanying video is NOT associated with Markkula Center.

Children's Readings

Doing God's work

Gwen was a very intense young girl. She always worked hard, but she got easily frustrated. Many times people could hear Gwen scream and stamp her foot, not at another person, but at something she just didn't get.

Gwen loved softball most of all. She practiced hitting and fielding. And she got good at softball. But she wanted something more. She wanted to pitch. She pestered her father, her PE teacher and her coach to help her learn pitching skills.

In her backyard, her father set up pitching mound and target box. Everyday before dinner, Gwen practiced pitching. Overhand, underhand, and side-arm. When she missed, she would grunt and groan. When she got it, she would smile and whisper, "All right!"

As she improved, she wanted to learn to pitch a slider. "That's a very difficult pitch," her coach warned her. The coach knew he might as well be talking to a brick wall. Gwen wanted to learn the pitch, so he might as well teach her.

The next month was frustrating for everyone. Gwen worked hard, but just could get the mechanics of the pitch. Her coach kept trying to move her arm in just the right way, but to no good. When the day of the first game arrived, the coach announced Gwen would be playing center field. "Coach!" she said out loud, "I want to pitch."

"I know, Gwen," the coach responded, "but you can help the team the best fielding. You're very good at it."

In anger, Gwen stomped onto the field.

The game was tight. At the end of the fourth inning, the score was tied. Then, Gwen's team got in trouble. After two hits and a walk, the bases were loaded. The coach went out to talk to the pitcher. Then he turned a signaled for Gwen to approach the mound. Surprised, Gwen ran to the coach. "You wanted to pitch," the coach announced, "now you can." He tossed her the ball and walked back to the dugout.

The catcher called for a fast ball and Gwen delivered. Strike one. Another fastball. The pitch was fouled away. Strike two. The catcher then called for a slider. For a moment Gwen felt panic. She said a quick prayer and tried to remember what her coach told her. Then, she wound up and threw the ball. The ball left her hand like a fast ball and at the last moment, slid away just catching the edge of the plate. Strike three.

Gwen stood there with her mouth open. Then she jumped into the air. "I got it!" She shouted. Her coach agreed. "Yeah!" he shouted in return.

It just takes a moment to understand, to know what you need to do. Jesus had that moment, just like Gwen. At his baptism, he got it. His Father poured the Holy Spirit on him and he knew what he had to do. He had to share that Spirit with others. Now he had the power to help others follow God's will.

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SOURCE: Larry Broding at Word-Sunday.com (Copyright 1999-2019). Viewers may copy any material found in these pages for their personal use or for use in any non-profit ministry. Materials may not be sold or used for personal financial gain.
MINISTRY TO CHILDREN (7:33): Prepared by Kristin Schmidt, who serves at the Epiphany Lutheran Church in Castle Rock, CO.

Children's Sermons

Baptism of the Lord (B)

Baptism is a blessing

Baptism is important. This object lesson will teach kids why. It's from the bible and based on the Baptism of Jesus. Kids will love this sermon! It teaches about Baptism where Jesus is baptized by John. This message doesn't deal with different doctrines of baptism, but it does cover the main idea of what Baptism means. Print the message below and watch the teaching video..

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SOURCE: Copyright © 2007-2020 Ministry-to-Children. Please use our children's ministry curriculum and Sunday School material for any purpose that brings honor to Jesus.

Sermon Writer

The children's sermon excerpts below are linked to Sermon Writer, which was operated by Niell Donavan, a United Christ clergyman from 1997 until his death in 2020. His wife Dale is graciously keeping his website online FREE, subscription no longer required. As Catholic Catechists, be sure to adapt if necessary before presenting to children.

Getting ready

FOCUS: Gospel

Objects suggested: Pictures of a wedding, a wedding veil or wedding dress, or other memento from a wedding.

A wedding is one of the happiest celebrations you can imagine. If you have had the opportunity to be a guest at a wedding you may remember seeing beautiful flowers, eating wedding cake, and talking with other friends and family members of the bride and groom, who came to celebrate the marriage.

Usually there is organ music and then the groom appears, along with his best friends. The friends of the bride come down the aisle, one at a time, dressed in fine clothes. They may be followed by a flower girl and a small boy carrying wedding rings on a pillow.

After all of the members of the wedding party enter and file to the front of the church, the other people in the church stand and the bride enters. This is an exciting moment – the guests have been waiting to see the bride. Preparations were made ahead of time to allow this moment to happen.

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Life giving spirit

FOCUS: Gospel

Object suggested: A glass of water. See suggestion for graph in text below.

How simple – a glass of cool, clean water, yet water is so important to all of us. Where do we find water? Yes, rivers, lakes, oceans. What about rain? And what about snow, a frozen form of water?

Water is in the fruits and vegetables we eat and the juices we drink. We use water to wash our clothes, to bathe, and to brush our teeth. It helps keep us clean.

Would it surprise you to know that our bodies are mostly made up of water? When we are born our bodies are about seventy-eight percent water. (Illustrate using a simple pie-shaped percentage graph or illustrate on chalkboard, if available.)

We need water! Water is necessary to all of life – humans, animals, and plants – all living things. John the Baptist arrived before Jesus to minister to the people and he baptized them with water. We could say water is a symbol of life.

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SOURCE: Sermon excerpts from Sermon Writer: Children's Sermons - All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan

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