Sunday, December 4, 2016

Baptism Today

All I can say is "WOW".  I don't even know where to start.

I've not been to a lot of different churches.  I have, however, seen very large mega-style churches, small churches, and even the Cathedral at Notre Dame.  I have never been more genuinely impressed by a church than I was today.  Red Lion Zion doesn't have fancy pews, or a coffee shop, or a pastor who drives a Jaguar.  It struck me as a modest dwelling that has just what it needs but not much that it doesn't.  What it does have, in an overflowing abundance, is HEART.  I saw a congregation full of people that were there because they believe in fellowship in the purist sense.  Each one sat with open hearts and minds to receive the grace of God.  The Pastor, who I am honored to call a friend, included and engaged every person in attendance.  His message was simple and straightforward, and easily relate-able to what is important.  There is an obvious passion he feels toward his message and those he is delivering it to.  I hope he considers this statement as the high compliment I intend it to be: he is serving all folks, even those who otherwise might not feel included, and being a true leader by example.

Today we arrived a little early, with my in-laws there as well.  The church prepared an area just off to the side of the sanctuary that would be obscured from Tyler's view most of the service.  We listened to some music, sang some hymns, and listened to a terrific quartet. Toward the end of the service Tyler was brought to the front to be Baptized.  Pastor Dave talked about how exciting it was to represent Tyler's dedication to God.  He talked about how it may have a different meaning for Tyler, and as his brothers and sisters in Christ we are accepting our role in nurturing and loving him in his journey.  Tyler smiled as he was anointed and gave himself some applause as he returned to his seat.  Many people wiped tears from their eyes as they watched him bask in the love that was around him.  It was a powerful experience.

After the service we got to spend some time with Tyler and get some photos.  He was very happy to see us and appeared very content to stick around for a little while.  Those pictures are below.

On behalf of Tyler and our entire family I would like to thank Pastor Dave for working so hard to make this experience happen just right for Tyler.  Words cannot express our gratitude.  I would also like to thank Jeff B for coming to be with Tyler and his peers today, we felt that to be a heartfelt gesture.  To my in-laws who have always been there for us at every step.  And to the entire congregation who cheered and cried with us today.  It is a day we will never forget.

Be well and God Bless.  Tom

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  1. We were honored and blessed to be able to be able to share in Tyler's baptism on Sunday...we don't have adequate words to describe the joy and awe we experienced being a part of such a joyous celebration. Tyler is no less a child of God than any of us are...who is anyone to say that he should be denied the opportunity to experience every sacrament afforded to us? We believe that the level in which he able to participate is between him and his Savior, not anyone else! We're so thankful for Tyler, and so glad that he is part of our congregation at Zion!


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