Happy New Year!
This is a new year with new possibilities and God active in it all. Blessings and peace be with you all!
This Sunday we celebrate "The Baptism of Our Lord," and we will look at Matthew's understanding of Jesus Baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Along with this special event in Jesus life we will also take time to intentionally remember our own baptisms. Jesus baptism and our baptism are inclusive of each other and interrelated.
For Jesus, his baptism, was the inaugural event that projects him into his public ministry that we know from the Gospels. We will explore together what this might have meant to him (we do not have all the details) and we will explore what baptism for us Lutherans means to us, (too many details). What does it mean for Jesus and for us to be loved, called, claimed, and sent forth as a beloved child of God?
So, what are we going to do? Live Grace, Live Forgiveness, Live Love, as best we are able, as best we can and transform the world, make God real. Happy New Year! This is a new year with new possibilities and God active in it all. Blessings and peace be with you all!
See you in Church,
Interim Pastor Craig Storlie