During our Sunday mornings in August at St Andrews, one of the important ways our faith mattered was when we witnessed the baptisms of Shelley Jablong, and children of Shelley and Jacob, son Ethan and daughter Emma. On another Sunday morning, Ruby and Skylar, daughters of Rachel and Michael Anderson, were baptized, with their larger family worshiping with us and Rachel’s father participating in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. At the end of the month, Carol Kozlowski and Vicki Smith reaffirmed their baptisms when they became members of St. Andrews.
We, as members of St. Andrews, participated in that Sacrament when we were asked if we “promise to guide and nurture those baptized by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging them to know and follow Christ and be faithful members of his church.” Did we really all say “We Do”? Now that’s a heavy promise and how can we faithfully do that?
We can pray for our new families and be intentional about greeting them on Sunday morning. Children are often surprised and smile when called by name. Some of us have gotten to know our children by volunteering in the nursery and classroom where Corrine and our shepherd Kirsten need help. After a very busy hour spent with an energetic bunch of children, you might need an afternoon nap, but think of how we are showing the love of Christ and what a gift you have given to them and their parents and teachers.
We look forward to confirmation classes in the future when Pastor Anne may ask you to be a mentor for one of the older children. Many of us remember Amelia and Leah’s beautiful statements of faith they shared with the whole congregation when they were confirmed.
Over the past eight years, some of us have been invited to remember our college students, including many who were baptized at St. Andrews and have moved away from our area years ago. The students are sent notes and a box of goodies each academic year. We sometimes hear from them or their family about how much they appreciated their homemade cookies, granola or chocolate. We are grateful when we see some of them during holiday or summer months or hear about their lives after graduation.
Don and I read a daily devotional, “These Days,” and one of the writers reminded us last week, that “in our baptism liturgy we name that we are called, claimed and commissioned…we are a creature of the Creator and that we have a purpose.” So let us all “Remember your Baptism!”, not just when we witness the Sacrament of Baptism on a Sunday morning, but every day.
One call to Confession at worship in August was, “Forgive us, we pray, and teach us to see with new eyes. Then we will understand what it means to be baptized into the Body of Christ and to share the Bread of Life with the human community.” Our baptism and faith do matter and we can say Amen to that.
Carol Mead, Author