The Baptism Story with Whole Community Learning

Bob Scott, Kathy Bozzuti-Jones, Wendy Claire Barrie, and Kathryn Carroll

Baptism with the Rev. Phillip A. Jackson

Christmas season has passed. The season of Epiphany began on Monday with the retelling of the Magi’s surprising journey. They discovered a “king” in the form of a vulnerable human baby who could be nurtured, loved, and empowered; or neglected, ignored, and restricted. All outcomes were possible.

Epiphanies often feel like surprises. But whether we realize it or not, they are usually preceded by some kind of journey or transition. We look forward to our shared journey and new discoveries as a Whole Community. Join us on the journey, Sundays at 10am in St. Paul’s Chapel.

This Week

Today, on the Feast of the Baptism of Christ, we experienced the Godly Play baptism story not with the small objects you’ll see used in the video here, but large, with the life-sized holy objects used at the 9:15am service, including the font, the paschal candle, and a dove kite.

At every baptism in The Episcopal Church, we promise as a community to support all those who are being baptized in their life in Christ, and we renew our own baptismal covenant.

After experiencing the Godly Play baptism story, we wondered together:

  • I wonder how you can be the light?
  • I wonder how we look for the light in other people?
  • I wonder when you have needed the comfort and power of the Holy Spirit?


Here's what we promise together: The Episcopal Church Baptismal Covenant.

How can we love our children and each other? With God’s help...

Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters
of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you
but not from you.
And though they are with you
yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love
but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies
but not their souls,
For their souls dwell
in the house of tomorrow...

“On Children,” Kahlil Gibran