The Milestone of Language January 13

In the transition from infant to toddler language plays a crucial role. It is also a main factor in the shaping of the Christian faith which proclaims God to be the Word made flesh who was born first a wordless infant. We therefore recognize the Milestone of Language, which children reach somewhere along their second and third years, on the Sunday of The Baptism of Our Lord, January 13, at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. services. Families with three-year-old children (and siblings) may approach the altar rail during the liturgy to receive a copy of Luther’s Small Catechism. The Catechism is a guidebook for parents to help their child learn the beginnings of formed language such as the Lord’s Prayer, table grace, and prayers for morning and evening. 
Martin Luther wrote in the language of his day: “Every father of a family is a bishop in his house and the wife is a bishopess. Therefore remember that you in your homes are to help us carry on the ministry as we do in the church.” When Luther wrote this in 1528, he and Katie were still new in their roles as bishop and bishopess of their household with their oldest son being only two years old. The members of Christ the King Lutheran Church take this annual opportunity to express their support for the important work that parents do at home and at church in the area of faith.