bishop smith blessing font_optJanuary 13 was a day of celebration at Grace Church highlighted by a visit from our bishop, the blessing of our new baptismal font and three baptisms.

The Bishop:
The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith makes an official visit to each parish in the Diocese of Missouri (approximately) once every 18 months. During this visit with us, he preached and celebrated Holy Eucharist at both Sunday morning services, led a special adult class, enjoyed fellowship during our coffee hours and shared lunch with members of our vestry and our rector. The Bishop described church as “a community of the beloved” and emphasized the importance of baptism. He said we all have the privilege and responsibility tell our children that they are loved as children of God.

Blessings:
The Bishop also officially dedicated our new baptismal furnishings:

The baptismal font is given to the glory of God and in memory of Joseph Charles Allach, Jr., Russell Warren Poe, Janet Murphy Heyer and John Richard Freeman by Donald Radeaker. The beautiful font is now a permanent feature of our sanctuary space. It is a 1.2 ton solid block of granite with a constant flow of water, reminding us of our own baptism and our baptismal covenant with Christ.

The aumbry is given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for our family and the people of Grace Church by Sonja Gentsch Freeman and the Rev. Todd and Sabine McDowell. The aumbry holds the oils used in baptism. This new wooden and glass cabinet is located to the side of the font, along the back wall of the Nave.

A newly-commissioned Pascal Candlestick will complete the baptismal furnishings. It is a gift of Dick and Becky Entenmann and will be dedicated at the Great Vigil of Easter.

Baptisms:
The most joyous part of this special day came as we welcomed our three newest church members: Mason Eric Buehl, Chase Patrick Dudley and Ryan Patrick DuBois.

Fr. Todd McDowell baptized the infants and toddler with the waters from our new font. The Bishop anointed the boys with oil, marking them as Christ’s own forever. Everyone in attendance gathered in the Baptistry to welcome the newly baptized and to renew our own baptismal covenant.

To view a slide show from the day, click on the arrow in the middle of the picture below. To see the pictures full-screen, click on the icon with the four arrows in the lower, right corner of the pictures.

 

 

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