Growing..not in years or time, but in momentum and growth as a Christian. Each person of the Trinity active in our lives brings growth. Growth gains momentum through encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ. So lets us grow and grow together, in Grace, Faith, Love, in Jesus, in Friendships, in Mission, and in passion for people.

Mark Us as His Own  

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.-- Romans 6:4 NIV

Every time we make the sign of the cross we confess that we have been baptized, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Baptism is more than an initiation rite. It is virtually synonymous with the entire Christian life. In Baptism we become part of Christ; a union continued in Holy Communion as He becomes part of us. By Baptism we received the name of God, are included in Christ's death and resurrection and so are made members of His own Body, the Church.

This is why the Baptismal font in many of our churches sits in the middle of the aisle. Here, the font serves as the focus of who and whom we are. Placed squarely between the pews and the altar it blocks the central aisle. It is impossible to walk straight to the altar. It forces all those who pass it to ask why an obstacle was placed right in the middle of the aisle. It is as if John the Baptist were standing at the church doors telling us to repent of our sins. He points us to the baptismal font where we can find Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Every font is a reminder to every Christian that he or she was once baptized into Christ and that the Holy Trinity came to live in him or her. That font blocks our path so that we by faith see the Holy Trinity in the water who joined Himself to us in Baptism. The font is not a meaningless portable, non-pretentious, largely to be ignored (except for times when children are baptized), piece of furniture, that is a nuisance when it has to be moved.

God finds His home in the water of Baptism and on that account it can do such great things as forgive sins, grant life and salvation, and actually confer the power of Christ's resurrection. God's presence in Baptism takes us unto Himself and He comes to live within us. Through Jesus we share in the divine nature. We become the temple of God and the Holy Spirit dwells within us.

As you enter the New Year make the sign of the cross, remember your baptism, your future is in God’s loving hands.

Peace,
Pastor Schultz

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