Monday, April 7, 2008

The Gracious Covenant


Baptismal Day
Originally uploaded by TilleyShots

Just as God included the children of Abraham in the gracious covenant, God, who is rich in mercy and love, includes all of God's children in his covenant. God's promises are spoken in the waters of baptism. And as they grow, we teach them that they have been set apart in baptism as God's own children, bound to each other by the Holy Spirit, and joined to Christ's loving ministry for the life of the world, so that they may respond to God in faith and commitment.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

HURRAY! What a happy day!

What a great explanation as well--the emphasis on God making promises to the child. We just finished a baptism class at church (taught by Paul D.) and this really says A LOT with very few words--thanks for sharing them.

Phil

Rachel said...

Awesome! My little Presbyterian heart was warmed by your fabulous post :)

Rebekah said...

The explanation was actually the introduction to the baptism in the service and Michael and our pastor came up with the wording. It's nice being part of an ecumenical congregation in that we could get around the Lutheran emphasize on baptism's salvific effect.