In place of our usual Thanksgiving for Baptism, we will all participate in the Affirmation of Baptism as Shelly Barker and her daughter Liz become part of our church family in worship!
God’s Word reminds us that we have a wonderful and attractive calling to invite others to “Come and See” what it is really like to be a part of a faith community. The pandemic has caused all of us to re-evaluate our priorities and to emphasize our relationships with each other, our world and God. As we move into receiving the vaccine and seriously diminishing its dangers, these scripture readings call us to help our neighbors know God and their place in our world better through our church.
Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit of God moved over the waters. Both Mark’s gospel and the story in Acts make clear that it is the Spirit’s movement that distinguishes Jesus’ baptism from John’s. The Spirit has come upon us as upon Jesus and the Ephesians, calling us God’s beloved children and setting us on Jesus’ mission to re-create the world in the image of God’s vision of justice and peace.
This worship service is a group effort of the pastors and musicians of the El Camino Real Conference, of which St. Stephen’s is a member.