Looking Ahead: Sacraments of Initiation

As I look ahead to this coming Monday’s session, I see that I am scheduled to teach about the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. It’s one of those strange situations where I’ve been teaching about the Old Testament and then all of a sudden I’m supposed to teach about the Sacraments of Initiation. Personally, I want to be able to keep a connection with the Old Testament going so I plan on developing a lesson that roots these Sacraments in Old Testament experiences and images – easily done with the Exodus story for Baptism and the Passover for Eucharist. I’ll let you know what I come up with.

Also, this Monday’s session will be an Open House which means that I might have a few parents popping in to see their “young’uns” in action.

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4 Responses to “Looking Ahead: Sacraments of Initiation”

  1. Sharon Katzman Says:

    joe – always make that connections with the 6th graders as we study Old Testament but forget to go back with 7th when we look at sacraments/New Testament. So, what about reconciliation? where does that fit in?

    Thanks!

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    • Joe Says:

      Hi Sharon and thanks for your comment. Lots of stories of forgiveness in the Old Testament. Perhaps David seeking repentance after his sin with Bathsheba?

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  2. Christian Says:

    Leviticus is full of examples such as this one:

    When a man is guilty in any of these, he shall confess the sin he has committed, 6 and he shall bring his guilt offering to the LORD for the sin which he has committed, a female from the flock, a lamb or a goat, for a sin offering…and the priest shall make atonement for him for the sin which he has committed, and he shall be forgiven.

    On a more personal level, David confesses his sin to Nathan, and Nathan mediates God’s forgiveness to David.

    We cover both of these models for confession in my 6th grade class.

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