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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Ocean Baptism


Today after church, under cloudy skies and a cold wind, maybe 30 people gathered on Butterfly Beach for a baptism of three young people; a nine year old young girl, a fifteen year old Confirmand, and a recent college graduate. We huddled together in a circle through a baptismal liturgy and then testimonies from the three. Then we walked into the cold waves and baptized each person, laying hands on them afterwards with the Aaronic benediction. Each person represents one of those stages of discipleship, feeling the inner urging to step forward and proclaim their allegiance to Jesus Christ. Then, back on the beach swaddled in towels, we all laid hands on them and prayed for them. It is one of those high moments in the church that none of us will ever forget.

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