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:: Sunday, March 02, 2003 ::

I am amazed once again by the middle and high school students I work with.

The Middle School group discussed the topic of war this afternoon. I was impressed with the degree to which they had all thought it through carefully themselves. None were looking forward to war. They sense the ambiguity that these sorts of questions bring, and handled it very well.

The High School group was in Mark 8 tonight. The discussion ranged across several topics, but they all really got into the section about "take up your cross and follow." Several made some very brilliant and constructive comments that show their level of faith in God is increasing. They see that the life is one of discipleship, and that this is a constant putting off of the old self and putting on of the new.

This dovetailed nicely with the assignment I'm working on now, which is a booklet of basic orders of service for the key celebrations of the faith: baptism, communion, marriage, and funerals. I'm trying out a mixture of the standard Evangelical Protestant non-liturgy liturgy and the Book of Common Prayer and the liturgies of the Eastern Orthodox. We'll see how well it goes over when I get to class.

Baptism was my subject for tonight, and it is hard to decide how much I want to say and do in the service. In some ways, the whole purpose for baptism ought to be shared. But maybe that should take place elsewhere. It's not going to be set in stone. :)

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