I have called you by name; you are mine (the covenant of baptism)

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This is a post from five years ago – the day our grandchild, Beks, was baptized. It’s a beautiful memory and a helpful discussion of covenant baptism. (I don’t advise reading the old comments – some of them trolling – from 2013)

DEREK MAUL

DSC_0984I HAVE CALLED YOU BY NAME: Sunday morning, at the small Westchester Congregational church in rural Connecticut, Naomi and Craig Campbell presented their infant daughter, Rebekah Mae, for baptism.

To baptize a child is to enter into a covenant agreement that includes God, the parents, and the church. Baptism says that a family is committed to raising their baby as a child of the covenant, it means that the church promises to be an active witness to the love of God in the life of the family, and it means that both the family and the church claim God’s covenant promises on behalf of themselves and the child.

What made today even more special was that Rebekah got to do the baptism. The pastor of the church, Karl Ostberg, led the service; then he handed Rebekah Mae over to her grandmother.

Westchester Congregational Church

Most of Craig’s extended family were present. His parents…

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