Courageous Faith: Baptism of Jesus

We began a new sermon series focusing on the Lord’s Prayer. Sunday School Classes and small groups will be reading and studying Adam Hamilitons Unafraid, Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain TimesOver the next few weeks we will be looking at the Lord’s Prayer as a statement and prayer of confidence, courage and faith for us to utilize in the midst of a changing and uncertain world.

Today in worship we focused on baptism as well as the Lord’s Prayer. At the Heritage service in our chapel, Pastor Rebecca had a wonderful sermon on baptism and the power of water and being unfraid. I didn’t get a picture of the chapel that she had so beautifully decorated with the colors of greens and blues. At the renewal of our baptismal vows, one person came up and asked to be baptized. She had never been baptized and after everyone was finished with their renewals, we had a baptism. The moment was beautiful, sacred and holy.

In the sanctuary the altar was decorated to look like flowing water with pitchers of water which were used for the renewal of our baptismal vows. The sanctuary looked like this:

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Every year I am grateful for this service. In baptism each one of us is claimed and named as beloved children. Renewing our baptismal vows is a reminder of the One to whom we belong. You can find the whole service here.

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