Children's Story For Baptism of Jesus Sunday - January 8, 2012

January 6, 2012

Hettie was a eight year old Muscogee (Creek) girl who was growing up in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.  She heard the English language spoken all around her until she entered the third grade.  In third grade, she heard Muscogee words spoken and recognized some of the words from when she went to church where Muscogee hymns were sung.  She wanted to learn the Muscogee language, the language of her ancestors.

She began to practice her words at home.  She was surprised that her grandmother knew the words she was practicing.  Grandma always said, "That's not right.  Say it this way."  Inside Hettie wanted to give up, quit trying, and just speak English.  But something like a voice inside her urged her to keep trying.  "Start over each day and practice, practice, practice until you get it right and enjoy getting it right," the inner voice said. 

Hettie and her friends in third grade learned to say a lot of Muscogee words and sometimes their grandparents understood them.

What happens inside you when you want to learn something new? Are you a little bit afraid but excited?  What happens inside you when you make a mistake?  Sometimes we make mistakes that we can erase and we can begin again.  Sometimes learning from our mistakes is hard work.   When we are learning to write, we practice and practice by beginning again and again until we get to our best writing - which is when others can read it.

Today's scripture stories are about remembering Jesus' baptism and our baptisms.  Our baptisms remind us that we try to follow the way of Jesus.  Sometimes we make mistakes and have to start over again.  Remembering our baptism is remembering we can start over again.          Amen.

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Children's Story for Baptism of Christ Sunday was written by the Rev. Rosemary McCombs Maxey, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and is retired clergy and a member of Fellowship Congregational United Church of Christ, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Copyright 2012 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44115-1100.  Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this material for use in services of worship or church education.  All publishing rights reserved. 

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Rev. Susan A. Blain
Minister for Worship, Liturgy and Spiritual Formation
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115