and Renewing Baptismal Vows
Are we open
and prepared to be changed by what God might have in store for our
lives? The carpenterís hands may not shape out of us what we
once imagined. The result may be much different. Then, again,
perhaps our dreams were a bit too small, once upon a time...
we want to celebrate what God has been doing in the lives of some
of our folks who joined this body of Christ during the month of
December, down through the years. You know who you are, having
received a letter last month. Would you please come forward now?
This is a
tremendously "busy" time of year, when we are pulled in
so many different directions. Through it all, itís easy to lose
track of the essentials, isnít it? You, who are gathered up
front here today, chose this month to take a very significant step
in your life. Whether your "yes" back then involved a
baptism or a transfer of membership, you were making a public
statement about what was and is most important for your life.
Thank you for that decision. Better yet, thank God for bringing
you among us!
Does your life
look different today than it did when you joined your life with
ours in Christ? For some of you that was only last year. A few of
you made this step nearly 30 years ago. Are you still open and
prepared to be changed by what God might have in store for your
life in the days ahead? We hope so. The season of Advent is an
appropriate time of year to take a step of faith, for our life in
Christ is an "adventure." Who knows what
God has in store! Thatís what makes it interesting!
sisters, let me extend the opportunity just now to renew the vows
you once made, that today might be, for you, a fresh start to
another year of faith. Here goes.
still believe that Jesus is Godís Son. Do you still trust
him as your Savior and Lord? If so, say, "I do."
turn away from all sin and endeavor by Godís grace - today!
- to freely live according to the example and teachings of
Jesus? If so, say, "I will."
continue to be loyal to the church, upholding these people
through your prayers and your presence, your substance and
your service? If so, say, "I will."
Praise God! If
you are also responding with a pledge involving your time and
talents, please place it in the offering when it is passed later
on. May God bless your life in Christ.
our Tithes and Offerings
As we prepare
for Christmas, we remember someone elseís "yes" to the
Lord. A young woman by the name of Mary agreed to let God shape
her life. Listen to how she described to her aunt Elizabeth the
change already taking place within her, and the God behind it all.
Letís "magnify" the Lord just now
with our tithes and offerings. Ushers?