Remembering our baptisms

Remembering our baptisms

Last Sunday was a special Sunday. For the first time in almost two years, since before the pandemic began, we got to celebrate a baptism Sunday. We heard about the story of the people of Israel miraculously crossing the River Jordan, and picking up stones in order to make a memorial so they would always remember that moment. And then we took our own stones to memorialize our baptisms, before finally celebrating the baptism of eight more people! (And I hope you managed to find a place to put your stone where you can continually be reminded of the faithfulness of God in your life!)

It was such a joy to watch people young and old come forward to the waters of baptism, expressing their desire to be a part of God’s community—the Church. And coming up in just over a week, they will participate in Chapel Hill 101, which is a class designed to help those who are new to our church understand a little more about who we are, what we believe God has called us to, and how you can be a part of it.

If you’re new to Chapel Hill, this would be a great place to take a next step beyond our worship services, to find community and an opportunity to use your gifts in service. It’s also a great place to ask questions about who we are, what we believe, and to meet a pastor face to face, if you haven’t done so already. Chapel Hill 101 will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, October 4, and you can sign up here.

This Sunday, we will celebrate the other of the two sacraments Jesus gave to the church: Communion. And in our journey through Joshua, we will be looking at what Israel did immediately after they entered the promised land, when all the Canaanites were melting in fear. And what they ended up doing might just surprise you, and help you understand better why it is that Christians gather in worship.

We would love to gather in worship with you tomorrow at 8:30, 10, or 11:30 am.

Pastor Ellis