Pastor's Corner‎ > ‎

Marked as Christ's Own

posted Nov 15, 2019, 9:32 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Grace and peace to you on this gloriously sunny day!


I’m looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday because we will, once again, welcome two children — William-John Richard and Colton Jack —  into the covenant family with the Sacrament of Baptism. On Sunday, they will be signed and sealed as God’s own. One of my favorite parts of the baptismal liturgy is 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 . . . Child of the covenant, in baptism you are sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked as Christ’s own forever. Amen. 


There it is. Beautiful words of promise that we belong to God forever and that there is nothing we can do to make God love us more, or love us less. We simply belong — body and soul.


So come on Sunday at 10:30 AM to bear witness to God’s love for us as the Spirit stirs the water and reminds us that in baptism water cleanses; it purifies; refreshes; sustains: Jesus Christ is living water. The Joyful Noise Adult Choir will sing the anthem, “Days of Elijah” and Sarah Gordon will be our featured soloist with the song “Borning Cry.” Dan Pannebaker is our worship leader, and Perri Donovan-Howlett is our liturgist. I will be preaching from Isaiah 65.17-25 and my sermon title is God Will Hear. 

 

I pray that when you participate in William and Colton’s baptisms you will recall your own baptism, for as a friend once said to me, whenever someone is baptized, everyone gets a little wet. And may you live boldly and in faith with the assurance, For you Jesus Christ came into the world; for you he died and for you he conquered death; All this he did for you, beloved one, and may you continue to know it forever more.

 

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


Pastor Trish


Comments