On Sunday we will celebrate with Kyle, Brittney, and their older son Aaron as Nolan, the youngest member of the family, is baptized. The sacrament of baptism takes place in the midst of the worshipping community as a sign that we are all marked with the cross of Christ forever. We celebrate with the family of the church as sisters and brothers who confess the same faith with them and welcome them into the body of Christ.
We along with the parents promise to provide opportunities for shaping faith and teaching discipleship to this baby. That is the ongoing nature of our Christian life-through formation, education, service, worship, and evangelical witness we participate in the lifelong gift of baptism.
Another reason this baptism is especially important: this child and his family are new to our congregation. I recently made that connection while talking to a colleague. In her ten years of ministry she has not baptized an infant. That just changed on Trinity Sunday when they baptized an infant.
In baptism we publicly recognize the claim that Christ has on lives. We are wonderfully and fiercely made in the image of God. It is an amazing thing that God creates unique individuals—there is no one like you, me, or sweet Nolan.
Living in gratitude to God,