Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Last Sunday I experienced a truly exciting moment in worship. Klaus and Brigitte Gunzel, and their daughter Katharina, come to the altar to renew their baptismal vows. They had all been baptized earlier. They had entered the Church through the Baptism Door. They had begun their journey with Christ. But like many of us, along the way they felt a deep inward need to renew the vows made when God gave them new life through the water and the Spirit. So, with loving friends surrounding them, and with tears wetting faces and the altar, they knelt to confess their sins and seek a fresh anointing of the Spirit's power. They asked our dear Savior to give them the grace to continue to grow spiritually and to help them witness to others about the transforming power of Jesus Christ. I sprinkled water on their heads to remind them and our church family of the power of the blood of Jesus to wash away our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. God made His Presence known in a powerful way. I renewed my own vows. I am sure many others did also. It was a moment in worship that I shall not soon forget! Glory to God forever and ever!