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A short poem for Baptism of Jesus Sunday.  Could be used as a call to worship, prayer, or just printed in bulletin/projected.  Audio version of the author reading poem along with text version are both below. 

baptized, i know i am

  • i’ve got the certificate in my safe
  • illustrated baby on the front
  • tied with blue ribbon (if i remember correctly)
  • a signature from my pastor at the time

that’s all i know about the moment i was dipped  


long before i was aware of it

my baptism was shaping me

into a servant who wins by losing

increases by diminishing

grows by shrinking

and lives by dying  


what a strange thing it is to follow Jesus

the one who taught us

not to build our foundations on sand

but to build them on



© Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen, 2019

Kevin Goldenbogen is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ serving Charlotte Congregational Church in northwestern Vermont. He skis, runs, bakes bread, and tries every day to follow Jesus. He is married to the perfect woman and has two boys who he loves beyond words.


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