This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus’ baptism has for centuries been a focus of Epiphany and/or the Sundays following. It was an important milestone in Jesus’ life, affirming his identity as God’s beloved Son, and marking the beginning of his ministry.
We’ll dig into the meaning this Sunday, including what our baptisms mean to us as followers of Christ and members of the Body of Christ. For the past couple of years we’ve brought our Every Member in Ministry Commitments for dedication on this Sunday. We moved that to fall, but if you haven’t filled one out, I encourage you to go online and do so, or bring it with you this Sunday. Also, this Sunday you will find a list of ministries still in need of volunteers. Look over that list if you do not feel that you are serving where or to the extent you should. Maybe the right opportunity is there for you to make a difference!
We’ll include in the services this Sunday a Reaffirmation of the Baptismal covenant. I find, for myself and others, that this is a most meaningful time as we are reminded that we are beloved children of God and reaffirm our commitment to Christ.
During the weekend, keep the nearly 200 young people and adult counselors in your thoughts and prayers as they are on Winter Retreat. This is very meaningful and formational experience for them each year. And while you’re praying, remember there are those from our church and others on the Kenyan mission trip.
God is at work in marvelous ways. See you Sunday as we celebrate God’s presence and move forward as God’s people!