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Painless Tattoos

To kick off a series on becoming servants of Christ, we explained the practice described in Deuteronomy 15 when a slave was set free by the master but chose to freely continue serving the master, then the master would pierce their ear to make them a bondslave. We connected this to the ancient practice of being symbolically marked with the cross at the time of Baptism and the practice among Middle Eastern Christians of receiving a small cross tattooed on their hand or wrist to commemorate their baptism. During Communion worshipers were invited to come to various “tattoo” stations where people with Sharpies would mark a small black cross on their hand or wrist as a symbol of their decision to freely become bondslaves of Christ. While they drew the cross on each person they would say, “Marked with the cross of Christ you are his bondslave forever.”

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