In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Order for Baptism, there is
the mythological-symbolic reminder in the prayer modelled after the Roman
Church's and Dr. Luther's "Flood Prayer":
give thanks, for in the beginning our Spirit moved over the waters and You
created heaven and earth. By the gift of water You nourish and sustain us
and all living things.
by the waters of the flood You condemned the wicked and saved those whom
You had chosen, Noah and his family."
Many question the adequacy of this image of the Church and the image of the
Church as a ship.
What do you think?