by Janis Greenbaum,
Director of Christian Formation & Communications

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey
everything I have commanded you.”
(Matthew 28: 19-20a)
 

baptismAll Saints’ Sunday is one of four times each year Grace Church celebrates the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. On November 2 we welcome Aiden Augustine, Henry Esser, Allison Major and Natalie Minshew into the Church.

According to the Book of Common Prayer, Baptism is “full initiation” into the Church. It goes on to describe initiation as “indissoluble” (BCP, p. 298). In other words, it’s all you need to be a Church member… and it’s forever!

In An Introduction to Christian Baptism (Grace Online Academy), the Rev. Anne Kitch explains that even though we may think about baptism as being an “entry ticket” into heaven or some sort of “insurance,” it’s really about how we live our lives every day. It’s about choosing to enter into a life in Christ and to love one another because God loves us. It’s not easy — we make promises to renounce evil and repent of sin. But the rewards are great as we also make promises to open ourselves to the love and grace of Christ.

Choosing to be baptized, or have a child baptized, invites us into an incredible new life. As that water hits our heads, we receive the spiritual grace of a union with Christ, forgiveness of sins and a life lived in the Holy
Spirit.

When we baptize Aiden, Henry, Allison and Natalie this month, we’ll also be renewing our own baptismal covenant. I invite you to listen to the words of that creed and think about how you are living out those promises in your life. Then think about all the wonderful things ahead for Aiden, Henry, Allison and Natalie and keep these children in your prayers as they grow in God’s love.

Learn more about the history of baptism and its meaning in our lives by participating in our November Online Academy class: An Introduction to Christian Baptism, with Anne Kitch (see p. 6). If you are interested in being baptized or having a child baptized at Grace Church, please contact Fr. Todd McDowell in the church office.

 

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