This weekend we all get an opportunity to reflect on the time we came before the gathered body of Christ and either professed our faith in Christ or had our parents and/or God-parents say those words in our place.
Many of us renewed our Baptism at Confirmation and other times in our lives when situations and circumstances called us into a deeper relationship with Christ.
Many of us have never renewed our baptism. We have lived a good life, but not a fulfilled life.
In Baptism, we made visible what was going in inside of us, in the spiritual part of our lives.
With the act of Baptism, we gave evidence that God was truly inhabiting our hearts, was directing our lives.
That mark of God on us has never left, no matter what we’ve done or where we have been. We have been claimed by God to become one of God’s active, alive and living family members. We have been invited to live deeply in God’s spirit.
By “Renewing Our Baptism” we are responding to God’s presence in our lives with a strong desire to accept that invitation. Renewing our Baptism is a real act of commitment and faithfulness that is not unlike taking part in Holy Communion.
Towards the end of each service this weekend, you’ll be given an opportunity to step forward, receive the mark of the cross on your forehead in water, and then remain in prayer as long as you like either at one of our prayer benches or in your seat.
This is not a “re-baptism” but instead a renewal of the vows that you have made in the past.
Our children will be invited to return during this time and can also come forward with you to renew their baptism if you so wish it.
If you have never been baptized and so now desire it, please speak to one of our Clergy or Lay Leaders so that you might be prepared for baptism next week. (Jan. 28-29)
Come, and once again let the healing, empowering, challenging Holy Spirit of our Lord wash into your live and cleanse it for a new start.
How goes it with your soul?
Grace and Peace,
P.S. This is a great time to invite a friend, family member, co-worker and/or neighbor to take a step back toward Christ. This act reaffirms that they are simply Christian and does not indicate particular membership in any Christians denomination like United Methodist, Baptist, Roman Catholic or Independent.
Please give me a call or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be baptized for the first time and/or join our church.