Baptism of the Lord Sunday
We hope everyone has stayed warm and safe and enjoyed the beautiful snow. Since we had to cancel worship last Sunday, we will be celebrating the Baptism of the Lord this Sunday, January 20th at both services (8:45 and 11:00 am)! On this day, we hear the story of Jesus’ Baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist that served as the beginning of Christ’s ministry. We also remember the words of God spoken as Jesus is baptized, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you, I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22, NRSV)
It’s also customary on this day to remember our Baptism and renew our Baptismal covenant. Here’s what I love about this day. As Christians, we celebrate through the waters of Baptism, that we too are beloved children of God in Christ. Today, we live in a world where people feel like they’re never enough, where we always feel like we’re falling short. and what we have isn’t good enough. But we hear God each year on this Sunday say these words to Christ and, in turn, to us–you are my beloved child. You are enough. With you, I am well-pleased. Through these waters, we are reminded that we are claimed and loved by God.
So this Sunday, we will be remembering our Baptisms by coming to the font, dipping our hands in the water and taking a small stone as a reminder of our identity as children of God. If you haven’t been baptized, you are welcome to participate and use it as an opportunity to discern if you’d like to be baptized. For our folks who are unable to come forward, we will have youth walking through the sanctuary with bowls of water and stones so all may participate and remember that we belong to God who loves us and calls us beloved.