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Sermon | “Outside the gate by the river”
Text: Acts 16:9-15
Speaker: Joel Miller
After a gathering last month for those preparing to join the church, Leah let me know she’d like to be baptized. My response was that this deserves its own Sunday. Baptism is far too rich an event to be crammed into an already rich event of hearing new members’ faith journey stories as we did two weeks ago. After checking calendars, we settled on today.
It was a pleasant surprise when I proceeded to peak ahead to this week’s lectionary readings and discovered the featured story: The baptism of Lydia in Acts 16. It is one of the small but not insignificant joys of preaching when life and lectionary converge.
The practice of baptism connects us today to spiritual ancestors, through the Anabaptists who were determined to reclaim baptism...