We had two great services on Sunday morning at EBC. At our 9.30am service we joined in with the dedication of one of our newest members - Hannah Emery - who is less than a year old. It was so lovely to join with her family and friends to say thank you to God for her. She was on her best behaviour and very cute throughout!
Then at 11.15am we had two baptisms. It was amazing to hear Kevin and James tell their stories and to celebrate with them as they were baptised as a sign and symbol of what God has done in their lives.Just this morning I was reading a part of the letter Paul (one of Jesus' first followers) wrote to a bunch of people in Rome. In it he says this "...those who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." (Romans chapter 6 verses 3 to 4).
As I read it I was reminded of what baptism is all about. It is a symbol of dying to our old life (as we go down into the water) and being raised again into a new life (as we come up out of the water). That's one of the reasons why baptism is such a powerful thing!