Messages on Baptism

Messages on Baptism

Tearing Apart the Heavens

Today we celebrate Baptism of the Lord Sunday. Part of the imagery of Baptism is the call to repentance. With the events of the past week in our Nation’s capital, I believe that we need spend some time repenting… both as a nation and as individuals. Repentance doesn’t means saying “I’m sorry, God” for inconsequential things. Repentance is a full 180 degree change in attitude and latitude that refocuses our attention on what is important… and boy do we need…

By Water and the Spirit

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17, NRSV) Baptism… being adopted into the family of God, the family where Christ is our brother and we are beloved children. This morning we come to the waters to remember our baptism. We come to remember the promises that we made in our vows before God at baptism or at confirmation.

By Water and the Spirit

Let us pray: Gracious God, open our ears that we may hear your truth, open our eyes that we may see your kingdom and open our hearts and minds that we may hear the cry of those brothers and sisters who are hurting and hungry and dying without the knowledge of your love for them.  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord our Rock and our Redeemer.  Amen. And the…