Baptism is one of those things that happens at church that doesn’t always get a lot of thought. Considering how important many people think getting baptized is, this is a bit odd. In my experience, most of the discussion around baptism is about the “how” rather than the “why” of baptism.
The two main “hows” of baptism are immersion of adults or at least believers by some definition and sprinkling of infants. These “hows” are intimately related to the two main “whys” of baptism, namely, an identification with Jesus and a continuation of the physical covenantal sign of circumcision.
I thought I’d see if I could address both issues today. I’m not about to guarantee satisfactory answers but, as always, I’d appreciate you letting me know how close I came.
I also apologize to those who joined the service online via Zoom. I am not certain what was causing the mess we went through this morning but I have taken all the steps I think might fix it for the future.
By the way, the odd signature is because today’s liturgical colour is white or gold and I haven’t created a gold signature yet.