Irenic Thoughts

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Remembering Baptismal Waters

Above, the Bishop of Bradford (UK) David James showers confirmation candidates with water 'as a reminder of their baptism.'

At King of Peace, our baptismal font, when not in use for baptisms, is by the door to this sanctuary and filled with Holy Water so that you can be reminded of the waters of baptism and ask for God’s blessing each time you enter. The German Reformer Martin Luther said that the Christian life should be a daily baptism. For the one with eyes to see, all waters are reminder of the spiritual cleansing God offers. The Methodist scholar Lawrence Stookey is known to shout to students hopping puddles on the way to class in rainstorms, “Remember your baptism, and be thankful!”

As you go out into the rain, let every raindrop be a reminder of the water of baptism where God adopted you as his own child and is always ready to be with you in renewing that commitment.

from a sermon in the archives Baptized Again and Again



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