Navigating the Waters of Baptism
As the weather turns warm (any day now please) I find myself thinking more and more about water. I think about the lake down the road from my house, the pool at my fitness center, and I definitely think about trips to the beach. Even as a child I have always been intrigued by and drawn to the water. The refreshing feeling of a swim on a summer day, the endlessness and mystery of the ocean, and the floating feeling of being weightless are all aspects I love about the water. Growing up I loved summer trips to the beach in Savannah and if we weren’t at the beach I would head to a neighborhood pool. There is something about water that I find myself drawn towards. Water has been and continues to be an important part of who I am. Honestly, even if you prefer the mountains to the beach, as Christians water is important to each of us. Throughout salvation’s history God has used water to save God’s people be it through a flood and an ark, the parting of the red sea, and the water of a womb as Jesus was born to save. As you might have guessed, water continues to be important for Christians as we baptize. This Sunday we will begin a sanctuary sermon series focused around baptism entitled “Come on in, the water is fine”.
Throughout the series we will take a look at our robust United Methodist theology and understanding of baptism. We understand the waters of baptism to mean and do a number of things. Baptism is a cleansing and purifying act, it connects us to a peculiar community, baptism interprets and gives us a vocation and calling, and baptism gives us a new identity. This week we will explore a bit more about the new identity in Christ as the sermon is entitled “Burial at Sea”. Baptism also signifies a dying to sin and our old selves as we put on a new life in Jesus Christ, and in being buried with Christ in baptism we will be raised with Christ. This Sunday we will begin to navigate the waters of baptism and I hope to see you in worship. Come on in, the water’s fine.
Rev. Colin Snider