Easter Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year, and the highlight is attending worship at St. Andrew. I love when the church is bursting at the seams. When it’s hard to find a parking spot or a seat in the sanctuary. I love when the congregation joins in singing “Christ the Lord Has Risen Today” and “Up from the Grave He Arose.” And I especially love hearing the St. Andrew Easter Sunday rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus.
Next Sunday will also be a special day for my family. Next Sunday, my daughter will be baptized. It seems like a natural segue, moving from Easter, when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to the sacrament of baptism.
Baptism is a funny thing. It is an essential part of our Christian faith, the beginning of our journey as disciples of Jesus Christ. And yet the various denominations of the Christian church vary in their approaches to baptism. Infant or adult? Sprinkling, pouring or immersion?
In the Methodist church, infant baptism is practiced in accordance with John Wesley’s preaching on “prevenient grace.” Prevenient grace represents God’s initiative in the process of salvation. It is the grace that works in our lives before we are aware of it, bringing us to faith.
By baptizing our daughter next Sunday, my husband and I will publicly state our commitment to raising her in the church and in a Christian home. We will promise to guide her so that one day she will decide to trust Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord. And we will ask for our church family to continue to support us in our journey as parents.