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Here is Water

posted May 10, 2019, 7:07 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Greetings of peace in this season of Eastertide!


For you Jesus Christ came into the world; for you he died and for you he conquered death; All this he did for you, little one, though you know nothing of it as yet. We love because God first loved us.


The above quote is one part of the liturgy of the baptismal covenant. The waters of the baptismal font will stir with the power of the Holy Spirit as I say these words to two little ones this Sunday. Henry Achiel Basler, Jr. and Tommi-Grace Josephine Howlett will receive the sign and seal of God’s promises to the covenant people, joining us and all the communion of saints that have gone before as beloved children of God.


When Philip met the Ethiopian eunuch on the wilderness road, and told him the good news of Jesus, the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” Humans may give conditions for baptism and for being a part of the covenant people, but the good news of great joy is that the Holy Spirit always answers the eunuch’s question in the same way, “Nothing.” 


Nothing.


Nothing prevents us from receiving the grace of Christ in the waters of baptism. Nothing can take away the truth that we are freely given this irresistible grace every day. And nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. On Sunday, Henry and Tommi-Grace will be welcomed into that grace and love. And I pray that when the water is stirred in the font and placed on their heads, you will remember your baptism; you will remember that you are a child of the covenant; and you will breathe deeply of the Spirit, knowing how much you are deeply loved by God.


Come, child of the covenant, on Sunday at 10:30 AM as we bear witness to what the Holy Spirit is doing in the lives of two little ones . . . and in us. We have a special day of music planned for worship. The Handbell Choir will be ringing the Prelude, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”; the New Jericho Choir will bring us a Word from the Children, “Honor Your Father and Mother”; the Joyful Noise Adult Choir will be singing our anthem, “Take Me to the Water”; and Sarah Gordon will be our featured soloist for the Offertory, “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry.” I will be preaching from Acts 8.25-39 and my sermon title is Here is Water.


Water is powerful; water is soothing; water is sustaining; water is holy. Jesus Christ is living water. Thanks be to God!


In gratitude for the joy of being your Pastor and the holy call of loving you,


Pastor Trish


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