In December 1985, Jill was baptized at the Stafford United Methodist Church.
And just like with Brooke, grandparents were there to witness the sacrament and stand alongside as the parents continued a heritage of faith. (One of my regrets about Sunday was not getting photos of Brooke with both sets of grandparents and the five great-grandparents. But there wasn't really time at the church before the next service began. We should have done it at home, but we didn't.)
During an infant baptism, the parents confess their belief in Jesus Christ as their Savior and commit to nurture their child by teaching and example:
... "that the child may be guided to accept God's grace for themselves, to profess their faith openly and to lead a Christian life."
During the baptism sacrament, the congregation says together:
With God's help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ. We will surround Brooke with a community of love and forgiveness, that she may grow in her trust of God and be found faithful in her service to others. We will pray for her that she may be a true disciple who walks in the way that leads to Life.That is a powerful legacy of faith. And as Brooke's church family and birth family gathered for her baptism and birthday, I was thankful for the legacy of it all. Second year ... here we come!
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