Baptism

 

 What is Baptism?
 
*God’s action
*A family’s commitment
*A community’s support 
 
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (St. John’s Gospel, 1:5).
  
What do we see when an adult or an infant is baptized?    Literally, we see what a Buddhist or an Atheist would see: a person, water, and a welcoming group of people.  
Christians of the Episcopal variety often see something else: 
*A new member of the family
*God’s love
*Spiritual Light
As the water is poured on the head of the newly baptized, we see the light of God, the love of God, and the life of God.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without
him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the
life  was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did
not  overcome it" (St. John’s Gospel, 1:1-5).
It takes faith to see these things.    Faith means trust.   Do you trust that God would and could and does change a person?  Do you believe that a person can change because of God?
Baptism for people of all ages is about what God does and about how the family of God responds.   
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
 
Here is Baptism!
 
*God’s action
*A family’s commitment
*A community’s support 
 
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (St. John’s Gospel, 1:5).   
 
For questions about Baptism or to discuss scheduling a Baptism, please contact the Rector, Father Jim Blagg, or the Church Office at (580) 924-1332, or email us at office@stjohnsdurant.com, or talk to us after one of the worship Services.