Today was a first: a Renewal of Baptism at our church. The occasion came about because a new member requested it, someone who had been previously baptized, but who wanted to mark the occasion of joining this church with a renewal of baptismal vows. So yes, Session decided to offer the ritual to everyone. What a pleasure to go through the baptismal liturgy, then be able to put the water on the foreheads of my dear congregants as they knelt before me! I said their name and then a brief prayer (below). What a blessing! My own elder daughter came forward, and my husband. I did not baptize either of them, so it was a real treasure to perform this ritual for them.
My prayer (from our WorshipBook) was: “O Lord, uphold your servant (first name). Daily increase in her/him your gifts of grace that she/he may continue as yours forever, until she/he comes, at last, into your everlasting Kingdom, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” As I said the trinitarian formula, I made a cross on their wet forehead with my thumb.
I will miss these people, individually, and these people, as a group! It is so bittersweet to be winding down a decade of ministry. They really ARE “the people of God.”