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The Pastor’s Word – Baptism

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Greetings,

Today we will baptize a new member. In the United Church of Christ, Baptism is one of two sacraments we celebrate; the other is Communion. In God’s Holy Word, these are two celebrations Jesus has invited us to experience with him. We are there when his ministry begins at the River Jordan and his cousin John the Baptist gives us a glimpse of what will happen at the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. When Jesus went down into the water, this symbolized death and burial. He went down for us and buried the sin that has kept us in bondage. When he was brought back up, this was the resurrection. Jesus showed us that when we come back up, not only are we no longer held in bondage to sin, we too will get back up and live! To God Be The Glory!

Yours in Faith,
Rev. Mel


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The Pastor’s Word – Strengthening Faith

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Greetings,

Thanks to all who attended the meeting in preparation for the Food Depository. The fact that is happening is another example of God strengthening my faith. I wanted this when Grace first began, but the exact same circumstances of being a satellite weren’t possible.

So very often, we’re quick to give up on what we believe God is speaking into existence. Why? Because we need to believe it’s supposed to happen right at that moment. I was first told ‘no’, but that only meant, ‘not now’. I was first told ‘no’, but that only meant, ‘hold on’, there are some things that need to be worked out.

“What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead”. Heb 11:1 TLB

Yours in Faith,
Rev. Mel


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The Pastor’s Word – Baby Dedication

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This morning we will celebrate the dedication of two babies by their parents to God. At Grace, we don’t christen children, we dedicate them. The main difference is whose responsibility it is to keep the child under the banner of Christ.

In faith traditions that christen, this is considered baptism. At GUCC, we don’t baptize infants or very young children. We have adopted an African Tradition of dedicating the life of a child to God and committing the parents to raise them in that way until they are old enough to say they want to be baptized and understand what it means. Let us keep these children and their parents in prayer.

Yours in Faith,
Rev. Mel


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