The most universally acknowledged activity in all of Christendom is baptism.
It is a sacrament in almost all forms of church life. And it is uniformly agreed upon that it is the starting point for the Christian journey. This weekend we will have special services reaffirming our baptismal covenant. Through prayers, litanies, music and acts of remembrance, we will recall our own baptisms, even if we can’t remember the details because we were infants. (This is a re-affirmation service – not a re-baptism, for there is only one baptism.)
Worshipers will be invited to see, hear and touch water, the symbol of life in Christ which we use in baptism. We have a special memento for all worshipers to take home and keep as a special reminder of their baptism. Our sermon is the first of a 3 part series called DIVINE DIRECTIONS, as we consider God’s directives to us as Christians. The first directive is “START” – and we’ll think about how baptism is a start, and yet how we are called to start over each day in our walk of faith. The scripture passages we’ll consider is Hebrews 12:1-2, 12-13.
In addition, worship services this weekend will include:
SATURDAY NIGHT WORSHIP AT 5:00 – Our casual worship service will include music by the Meanz of Grace praise band, and the message will be shared by Pastor Anthony Pami.
SUNDAY WORSHIP –
8:15 CHAPEL – Pastor Anthony Pami leads our service and shares the message.
9:15 – CONTEMPORARY SANCTUARY WORSHIP – The Youth Praise Band will help us praise God with their music and I’ll share the sermon.
10:45 – TRADITIONAL SANCTUARY WORSHIP – The Chancel Choir and Peace Ringers will offer music and I’ll share the sermon.
In addition –
-Take the time to sign up for a Lenten small group (we have 25 different ones, including an online group) as we roll out the start of our Lenten church wide study called “FINAL WORDS ” – in which we look at the final words of Jesus on the cross. You can also purchase the book we’ll be using – of the same name, written by Adam Hamilton.
-This is the last weekend to order a hoagie for Super Bowl Sunday from our United Methodist Men, who do this fundraiser to raise money for their annual Matt Torgersen Scholarship, to be awarded in June
I hope you will make a special effort to worship with us for this very unique service of baptismal reaffirmation.