As the liturgical Easter season continues, we are moving quickly toward another busy season in the church. During the month of May, Trinity English will celebrate students’ first communion, confirmation, and baccalaureate. These are great stepping stones of a child’s faith and work to reinforce and provide additional depth to the promises of baptism.
During the Easter festivities, we had the opportunity to witness and be part of 4 baptisms on Saturday’s Easter vigil. I always love baptisms. It’s so uplifting to see families and friends committing to raise a child to know and walk with God. To see adults pledge to pour into young believers. To hear the congregation affirm, celebrate, and support this public act.
If you have been to a baptism here at Trinity recently, you will be aware of the baptism certificates our art director creates. We encourage all of those who attend the service to come to the reception afterward and sign the certificate as a sign of our promises.
We affirm, as the people of God, that we promise to support the newly baptized and pray for them in their new life in Christ. I would ask you to consider how you do this throughout your time here.
Are you encouraging students to participate in youth group? Do you indeed pray for those who have been baptized? If your child is involved in Sunday School or E3, are you inviting and encouraging others to get involved? Are you reaching out to our kids and youth and getting to know them outside of being so-and-so’s child? Are you volunteering to help with Sunday School, confirmation, acolytes, or youth group?
Parents are entrusted with the following during baptism:
to live with them among God’s faithful people,
bring them to the word of God and the holy supper,
teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments,
place in their hands the holy scriptures,
and nurture them in faith and prayer,
so that your children may learn to trust God,
proclaim Christ through word and deed,
care for others and the world God made,
and work for justice and peace.
Yes, this falls to parents, but we as a congregation, as a community of believers, have to make this accessible and welcoming to these families. Parents cannot do it alone. And they will not do it where they do not feel fully supported. How can we support and involve not only the newly baptized, but the parents, grandparents, and sponsors of the baptized? How can we come alongside them and share the struggles that raising a child to know Jesus Christ can bring?
I certainly do not have all the answers, but I would like to work toward some. Will you help me?