Rev. Miriam Slejko / November 21, 2012
Last Sunday we sang a love song as three precious little girls were baptized. Grace, Emily and Jenna were presented by their parents to receive the sacrament of Baptism. As a congregation we acknowledged our part in God’s act of grace as we sang God Claims You. To each of these children of promise we sang,
“We are here to say this day that we will help you on the way…Grace, Emily, Jenna God claims you, God helps you, protects you and loves you too.”
Baptism is an expression of God’s love for the world, and the gift of God’s grace available to every person. As baptized people of God, we respond with praise and thanksgiving, praying that God’s will be done in our own lives.
Whether we are baptized as infants, brought by our parents, or baptized as adults, drawn by God’s love, baptism confirms our place in God’s kingdom. Through baptism we acknowledge that through God’s loving purposes we have been given life and the opportunity to share in God’s activity in the world.
So in this love song we sing to our newly baptized children we express our promise of faithfulness. We promise that we will be a loving, faithful and forgiving community. As a community we will look forward to seeing these children grow in faith and trust in God and in service to others as they come to know and understand the way of life Jesus taught.
The God of the universe sings over us, too. Every day, every moment.
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)