Read 1 Samuel 16: 1-13

Samuel was a prophet. A prophet is someone who speaks for God. Samuel was chosen by God to anoint the first two kings of Israel. Anointing is the pouring of oil on the head of a person. It is a sign that God favours that person and wants to use him or her in a special way.

The first king Samuel anointed was Saul. At first Saul was a good king. But then he became disobedient and refused to listen to Samuel’s advice. God rejected him and told Samuel to anoint a new king. It was David, the youngest son of Jesse, whom Samuel anointed to be the new king of Israel.

In a way we are anointed at our Baptism, not with oil but with water. When water is poured on our head and a cross is made on our forehead, it is a sign that we are united with Jesus Christ and we are now members of his church. God’s power has touched us.


Thank you, God, for the gift of Baptism, which is a sign that we are your people.

We seek to do your will at home, at school and at work. Amen.

Cut out the twelfth symbol, the Horn of Oil, and hang the symbol on the Jesse Tree.

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