In this Sunday's gospel Nicodemus asks Jesus, "How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?" Poor old Nicodemus! He was so confused about the whole "water and Spirit" business of baptism.
For today's five, tell us about your baptismal experiences.
When and where were you baptized? Do you remember it? Know any interesting tidbits?
In my home church. I don't remember mine, but I remember my sister's. I remember feeling her wet head on the way back to the car (I am five years older).
What's the most unexpected thing you've ever witnessed at a baptism?
A baby sleeping right through it. Usually they rouse even just a little bit. I had one that slept like a ROCK.
Does your congregation have any special traditions surrounding baptisms?
Well, I walk whoever was baptized around and if it is a baby and they are in a good place I hand them off to a few congregation members to help illustrated the point that this baby is all of ours now. I also do what my congregation calls, "the Lion King" - where at the end I hold the baby up at the front, over my head and say, "John Adam Smith, beloved child of God."
Are you a godparent or baptismal sponsor? Have a story to tell?
Do you have a favorite baptismal song or hymn?