On Baptism

Nothing we do as pastors is as meaningful as gathering with a family around a font of water.  Baptism is one tradition practiced by all Christian denominations (although in a variety of ways and with a variety of teachings around it).  It links us as one community, and it forms us as people.  The Holy Spirit, present at Jesus’ baptism, is also present at ours.  We mark the baptized with the sign of the cross and say these words:

(Name), child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.

It echoes the words of the voice of heaven that we will hear this Sunday, the Baptism of our Lord Sunday, from the Gospel of Matthew:  “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

In the comments, I would love for you to share a baptism story.  Your own, or about one you participated in. 

God of the waters, as you have washed us in forgiveness, renew us in your Spirit, that we might please you, serve you, and live in continual praise of you.  Amen.

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  1. The presence of the Holy Spirit brings with it a sense of joy and awe. 20 years ago when our young 5 yr. old newly adopted friend Andy was baptized he did not yet know much of the English language. When we welcomed him into the congregation at the conclusion of his baptism the pianist struck up the tune to “Amigos de Christo, Friends of the Lord.” It was a song Andy knew from Guatemala, the pastor gave him the mic and little Andy sang tears into everyone’s eyes. It was an awesome joy only created by this Spirit.

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