It is a pleasure to greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! What follows is a very special announcement, and I encourage you to read carefully.
But baptism is not some mechanical quick fix. It must be accompanied by an act of faith, and it must be followed up and continually renewed by the life of faith to which it points and for which it empowers. That is why Jesus accompanies the command to baptize with a command to make disciples. Our own baptism liturgy expresses this when it opens with a prayer to God that he would truly affect in a person’s soul that which baptism symbolizes, that he would keep them “steadfast in faith, joyful through hope, and rooted in love” that they may “come into the land of everlasting life.” God, of course, is the one who truly brings about the regeneration of the fallen human heart. We must have faith not only that he alone makes it so, but that it is his express desire that it be so, as dramatically revealed to us by the passion, resurrection, and exaltation of his Son Jesus Christ.
Friends, this is an act of the community of faith. Therefore I want to formally invite you to join us for this very special occasion. The baptism will take place during our normal Sunday service, so for most of you this won’t require any change from your normal routine. However, I want to encourage you all to do everything you can to be with us on this particular Sunday, November 2, 2014, that we may all show our support for little Nicholas and the Edman family together.
It is an appropriate and hallowed tradition of our church that the great feast of All Saints’ be one of the days of the church year especially set aside for public baptism. This is a feast when we celebrate the power of God to transform the lives of ordinary human beings and give thanks to him for providing all of us with such a great cloud of witnesses. What could be a more appropriate setting for baptism than that?
Please join us next Sunday on the Feast of All Saints’ for a most joyful celebration of God’s power and loving desire to save. (Click here for a list of the other great things that are happening this Sunday!)
Blessings in the name of Jesus,