Sunday, March 17, 2013
Linda Burdett Reaffirms Her Baptism which happened 15 years ago @ Tinney Chapel
Rev. Carl Sterling, Pastor, officiating
Linda is supported by Jackie Ford and Karyn BurdettClick on any photo, above or below, to enlarge it on your computer screen
Click on any photo to enlarge it and/or click on the icon below to view a video of the reaffirmation of baptism ceremony for Linda Burdett, conducted by Tinney Chapel UMC Pastor,Rev. Carl Sterling:
The following is excerpted and adapted from the following link as an aid for readers of this weblog who may not be familiar with the reaffirmation of baptism ceremony/liturgy. For more details, please go to this link:
"Remember your baptism and be thankful."
|A newly confirmed youth sprinkles water on delegates as they reaffirm their baptismal vows during the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.|
The "remembering" is about recommitment.
"It would be better if our ritual had translated this as ‘remember that you are baptized and be thankful,'" Burton-Edwards said. While not everyone can remember the occasion of their baptism, "we can all remember that we are baptized and be thankful for that."
United Methodism teaches that baptism initiates people into the faith community and into a covenant relationship with God and God's people. Reaffirming their vows enables Christians to renew their commitment to discipleship — with the help of the Holy Spirit, Burton-Edwards said.
While people fail in their attempts to live as faithful disciples, "God has done God's work in the covenant," he explained. Thus, The United Methodist Church does not rebaptize.
The reaffirmation ritual is appropriate for those who have been baptized and wish to recommit themselves to Christ.
Readers of this weblog are also encouraged to search this blog,
using keywords such as
"remember your baptism" for previous
posts here when that service has been performed at Tinney Chapel UMC in the past, especially under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Sue Gross, 2008-2012.