Our youth group led worship and shared a message in a special way. Instead of a sermon there were different monologues where students reflected on what it must have been like to encounter Jesus as they told familiar Bible stories through the eyes of the key characters. It was challenging to listen to their words.
Following their service we had a special baptism service. As baptists we practice “believers baptism by immersion”. This means we baptize people when they are able to make a personal confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We immerse the individual because it is symbolic of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. We baptize people, “based upon their confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord” and we baptize them, “in the name of Father, Son & Holy Spirit.” Today was a great day of celebration.
It was a little different. Usually I am right there in the tank with the person being baptized. These days I do not have much strength. I was afraid that while I could lean them back I might not have the strength to bring them back up. It would not have been a good day if I had dropped the person being baptized, or if I had fallen over into the tank with them. So, one of our elders stepped up and into the tank and did the heavy lifting (so to speak) while I stood outside and spoke. It worked great and was the perfect picture of a community coming together to care for each other.
Congratulations to George Plumley! May your spiritual journey continue and may God continue to make himself known to you in sacred and special ways.