Enews: Sunday, July 26, 2020

Dear Friend,

Renewal of Baptismal Covenant
Water sustains life for humans, animals, and plants. We clean with warm water and relax in cool water. We find peace listening to the roar of the ocean or taking a stroll in the rain . Water is important to our life both inside and outside of the church
In the  Sacrament of Holy Baptism , “we are initiated into Christ’s holy church, … incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit,” the Introduction to the Baptismal Covenant says. “All this is God’s gift, offered to us without price.”
The Bible teaches that God made human beings in the image of God, and all of creation to be good. Sin caused a “distortion of the image of God in us and the degrading of the whole of creation,”  By Water and the Spirit , The United Methodist Church’s official statement on baptism, reports.
In baptism, we reject the power of sin and begin our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ.
The questions ask if one renounces wickedness, rejects evil, and repents of sin; accepts the freedom and power of God to reject evil, injustice, and oppression; and confesses Jesus as Savior, trusts in his grace, and promises to serve him as Lord alongside all who are part of the universal church.
“Baptism starts that process of breaking us away from sin’s power,” “but it is  sanctifying grace throughout our lives  that actually accomplishes it.”
Because baptism is an act of God, initiating us into the universal church, “the sacrament is to be received by an individual only once,” By Water and the Spirit states.
However, we like to commemorate and celebrate this profound faith experiences in a special way. For this purpose, our book of worship contains the Baptismal Covenant IV (a liturgy), which By Water and the Spirit calls “a powerful ritual of reaffirmation which uses water in ways that remind us of our baptism.”
And on Sunday, we will renew our baptism, please make sure you have a bowl or base with water, so when our District Superintendent, Rev. Jeffrey Bross invite you to renew you baptism you may do so as well.
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:14

We have seen ourselves as that light on a hill, O God of the ages;
we have believed ourselves to be
the shining example of all that is good in the world.
But lately our light has been dim,
and our good has been muddied by a hidden hate we try to deny.
We can’t help but wonder how the world sees us now,
We who have held a banner for rights and for equality,
We who have pointed fingers at those who abuse others,
We who have condemned acts of injustice in other lands,
How shines our light now?
Yet, despite our failings, our brokenness and our sin,
you still call us,
each of us and all of us,
to be the light of the world.
Even when we are ready to give up on us,
even when our sin is too great to bear,
you still call us,
each of us and all of us,
to be the light of the world.
There is too little light around us and within us right now,
God of mercy,
how can you still call us?
How can you still hope in us?
We long to be that light, Loving God. We long to be that hope.
Help us, now especially;
help us bring light to a world roiling in the gloom.
Help us claim the hope that we can be light,
as a nation, as a church,
as followers of the true Light of the World.
Help us find the way into the light. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Derek C. Weber, July 2020

Discipleship Ministries, UMC

 

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Join us for Evening Prayer tonight.  Deacon Ginny will host.  As usual, there will be prayers, Scripture, a reading, and more.

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Friends,
Now that the building is cleaned and sanitized, please do the following
1-    Wear a mask when you are in the building at all time. NO EXCUSES PLEASE
2-    Schedule your stop at the building with Bob Friend, Jennifer or Pastor- as the office will have a master schedule. You must follow specific protocols.
Please know office hours are: 7:30am to 12noon Tuesdays and Thursdays.   Wednesday we will work from home . If you need to stop at the office call ahead to make an appointment.

 

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