This coming Sunday is designated as The Baptism of Christ Sunday. In reflecting on the importance of Jesus’ baptism at the very beginning of his public ministry, we’ll consider the meaning of our own baptisms. There will be the opportunity for all who choose to do so to reaffirm their baptismal vows and to come to the font in both worship services for a blessing with water. If, by chance, you haven’t been baptized and would like to be, please let me know, as this would be the perfect time!
Some of us who were baptized as infants may have heard stories from our families about that event. (My parents told me that I cried throughout the whole thing!) But it’s not necessary that we remember the baptismal event itself. What is important is that we remember that we are baptized members of Christ’s church, committed to renouncing evil, following in the way of our Savior, resisting oppression, showing love and justice and witnessing to the work and word of Jesus Christ. It is important that we continue to grow in our Christian faith, are faithful members of Christ’s church, and that we celebrate Christ’s presence and further his mission in all the world.
We need to remember our baptism each day of our lives—in the choices we make, in the relationships we have with others, in the way we use these precious lives we have been given. Remember who you are and remember whose you are. Remember your baptism. Remember that you, also, are Beloved by God.
Looking forward seeing you Sunday.
In Christ’s love,
Pastor Candy Thomas
Christ Congregational United Church of Christ