February 27, 2018

Covenant 2: Remembering Our Baptism


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Read along with Genesis 17:1-16


Included in this podcast: 

1. Prayer of illumination 

2. Epistle reading: Romans 4:13-25 

3. The Psalter: Psalm 22:23-31 

4. Gospel reading: Mark 8:31-38 

5. Old Testament reading: Genesis 17:1-16

6. Hymn "To Abraham and Sarah" 

7. The sermon

8. Covenant renewal service: remembering and renewing our baptism 

Covenant-keeping God, I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will. Put me to doing; put me to suffering. Let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you. Let me be full; let me be empty. Let me have all things; let me have nothing. And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are mine, and I am yours. Amen.


Sermon excerpt: 

There is something beautiful and true about the image of a helpless baby being drawn into the family of God through the waters of baptism. It’s a reminder that all of us, sinners saved by God’s grace, are weak and unable to save ourselves but willingly put ourselves in the loving hands of our God.[1]

It is good for us, from time to time, to be reminded of the promises that were made at our baptisms, and to make those same promises again as our faith grows deeper and our knowledge of Jesus Christ becomes more intimate.

[1] "Presbyterian Questions, Presbyterian Answers," Donald McKim, p. 81.

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