Touché November 24, 2017
Posted on November 24, 2017 by under Touché,


A Beautiful Baptism

“Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.”

(Acts 2:38-39)

On Sunday, Wesley Joseph will walk the aisles with his daughter Charlotte Rose.  It will be a beautiful baptism at Hopewell.  The discussion about this day started a while ago.  Wes knew that his family from out of town would be here around the Sunday after Thanksgiving and he wanted to see if baptism was possible for that day.  The problem was that I would be away in Michigan.  As Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America, I am the one called to administer the sacraments, but our Book of Church Order does say that elders may administer the sacraments if approved by the board of elders.  Elders have administered communion here many times, but I do not know of a time when elders have baptized anyone.  This will be a first.  It also gives Wesley, as dad and seminary student, an opportunity to put all the pieces together.  It is actually turning out to be very special.

Wesley will also be preaching.  He has a baptismal sermon that he prepared for his preaching class.  He comes from a Baptist tradition where a baby like Charlotte would be dedicated and wait for baptism until she can make her own profession of faith.  I don’t know that Wesley’s sermon will traverse the theological landscape of different views of baptism, but as he has studied reformed understandings of baptism, it means a lot to have him ready to baptize Charlotte as an infant.

It will be a special Sunday at Hopewell. You get to share in a beautiful moment between Charlotte’s family at Hopewell and the families of Wes and Brittany.  I am sorry I will miss it.

I hope you are able to be there.

In the Covenant,