This year, we are journeying down the river to learn about God’s gracious gift of water. From the waters of baptism to the waters that sustain farms and gardens, water is life. As a church, the ELCA is committed to accompanying communities that lack access to clean water and proper sanitation, both in the United States
and internationally, through ministries supported by ELCA World Hunger. The simple reason for this is that all of creation relies on water to live. But water is much more than a resource. For people of faith, water is a powerful symbol, with significance as deep as the natural stores that cover the globe.
In “River of Life,” participants will learn about the importance of water and visit important “ports” during the week to hear Bible stories about water. They will also hear about communities working to restore watersheds, to protect rights to water and to ensure safe water for everyone.
Theme: God creates
Bible story: Creation — Genesis 1:1-2:1
Theme: God provides
Bible story: Water from a rock — Exodus 17:1-6
Theme: God claims
Bible story: Baptism of Jesus — Matthew 3:13-17
Theme: God protects
Bible story: Jesus calms the storm — Mark 4:35-41
Theme: God loves, we love
Bible story: Jesus washes the disciples’ feet — John 13:3-15, 33-35
And they’ll have some fun! The games and other activities we will do help to celebrate water and remind us of our important calling to be good stewards of creation. These activities are designed to be adaptable to your context, so feel free to make adjustments as needed. Each day has a skit to introduce the theme and a smallgroup time to dive more deeply into the Bible story, plus games, crafts and more!