The promise of baptism

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All Saints Sunday was a chance for the children’s Sunday school class to remember people like the grandfather some of them lost recently, and to learn how we all have the promise of being children of God forever through our baptism.

We learned about the saints we would hear Pastor Renee discuss in the sermon that day. The saints in our Lutheran belief are all the believers now and all the believers who have gone before us. That day especially we remembered them, gave thanks for them, and gave thanks that, like them, we will always be a part of God’s family.

Then we explored an important question: how do we know we and all the saints are part of God’s family now and always in Heaven?

In the second reading for the morning worship service, Paul wrote:

“…we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:12-14)

After reading this, we read some very similar words in the service for baptism:

“(Child’s name), child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.”

The Sunday school kids were amazed to hear that God had made that promise to their grandpas and grandmas, aunts and uncles, moms and dads in exactly the same way He made that promise to each of them. With those words, the water and the sign of the cross, God made each of us the promise that we would be His forever.

Then with paper, markers, crayons, and the beautiful drawings children make, we created “thank you” cards to God for the gift of that baptismal promise and for all the saints.