Each week our two preschool classes come into the church for chapel. Yesterday was the 3 year olds’ turn. The Bible story for the week is Noah and the Flood. It was my task to explain what the flood means, both to Noah and to us. Imagine trying to tell a room full of 3 year olds that countless thousands, maybe millions, were swept away and killed in a torrent never before or again seen on the face of the earth. All because of sin. Talk about a tough crowd! It kind of destroys the image of a happy little boat with an old man, a giraffe and an elephant peeking out the windows in a gentle rain. So, I used the image of a bath. Everyone has taken a bath…I hope. In the bath the water washes away all of the filth and grime and leaves a person clean. The flood washed away the sin from a filthy earth, but God said I’ll never do that again, bring a great flood on the earth, and every rainbow that you see will be a reminder. That’s because there is another flood that can wash away sins, and that’s being baptized into Jesus. Jesus came to be the one who would die to rid the earth of sin, and He did. Now each morning we can remember and relive our bath of baptism and remain safe and sound in the Ark of the Church, the body of believers and the Body of Christ.
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009