Why Water? (12/9/2016)

January 9, 2016 in Church News

Why water? When the Lord instituted the sacrament of Holy Baptism, he could have chosen any earthly element to connect with the Word and work such wonders. He chose to use the most common element known to man. I certainly cannot claim to know the mind of God. I don’t even know why I do things I do sometimes, let alone know why the Lord makes his choices. Yet I do appreciate his choice of water for at least two reasons.

Water is the most common element on the earth. Baptism is intended for all. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.“ There was no place that Jesus’ disciples could go where they would not be able to carry out his command. They would always have his Word with them and they would always be able to find water. The same is true for us today. The easy access to water across the globe is a reminder to us of how the Lord wants his Word to spread to the ends of the earth. The only thing that can be lacking to carry out this command is our own zeal to share the gospel at times.

Another great blessing of God choosing water for baptism is that we have so many reminders of this sacrament in front of our eyes every day. From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep, just think of how many times we come into contact with H2O. Each of these times is an opportunity to remember its meaning for our daily lives. As Luther writes in his small catechism, “Baptism means that the old Adam in us should be drowned by daily contrition and repentance, and that all its evil deeds and desires be put to death. It also means that a new person should daily arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.”

Tomorrow, we have the opportunity to celebrate the blessings of baptism in our worship. May God help us to celebrate our baptisms every day as the common element of water reminds us of his miraculous grace and mercy.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve 
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 Sunday Preview

January 10th
The Baptism of our Lord
Theme:
Anointed by the Spirit
Readings:
1 Samuel 16:1-13; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-17; 21-22
Hymn of the Day:
“To Jordan’s River Came Our Lord” (CW #89)

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COG Breaking News

Evangelism Meeting – Monday, January 11th

The evangelism committee will be meeting on Monday, January 11th at 6:30 p.m. We will be discussing our work plan for 2016 as we look to emphasize the critical work of reaching out to our neighbors. All members of Cross of Glory are invited and encouraged to attend.