Blessings come in pairs
Jesus said, “Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:16
Peter said, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
Christenings followed by Confirmations often occur as matter of course in Christian families, but for those people who make a conscious and special commitment to Jesus in adulthood, Baptism is a momentous occasion.
It was so for Akash and Jessica in a service unitedby strong representation from all three churches: people stayed on from the early service, people dashed to and from St. Winns and the later services’ attendees from St. Mary’s and All Saints were all there to praise the Lord for the blessings endowed upon the two.
Ben conducted the service, supported by a lively choir and Joo Young on the keyboards. I think we all felt privileged and blessed to join Akash and Jessica on their glorious day. Even Ben’s attempts to make a mess of Akash’s hairstyle with the Baptismal Water added joy and happiness to the occasion!
Nicky Gumble writes, “Jesus wants you to be filled with joy and fully alive. There is no greater joy than to know you are valued, precious and loved by God and to love others as you are loved. There is no greater joy than giving eternal life to others in and with Jesus.”
So, what is the next step for Akash and Jessica (and their chosen sponsors)? Jesus shows us the way in an extract from his metaphor about the Vine and the Branches, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:9-12.
God’s grace also teaches us patience. As Ben so aptly put it, “Having waited seven years for an adult baptism, like London buses, two come along at the same time.” Blessings come in pairs!
Check out some of the photos below!
November 20, 2018
May 20, 2018
May 21, 2015