We begin a five-week worship series this Sunday called How Deep? This worship series will invite reflection on the significance of our Baptismal identities. The United Methodist Book of Worship states, “Baptism is an act that looks back with gratitude on what God’s grace has already accomplished, it is here and now an act of God’s grace, and it looks forward to what God’s grace will accomplish in the future….Baptism anticipates a lifetime of…deeper experiences of God, acts of Christian commitment, and ministries in the world” (81-82).
Outline of How Deep?
October 6: Rooted in Grace. How Deep? (2 Timothy 1.1-14)
October 13: Growing in Faith. How Deep? (Luke 21:1-4)
October 20: Reaching in Love. How Deep? (Luke 12:13-21)
October 27: Baptism. How Deep? (Luke 3: 15-16, 21-22)
November 3: Deep Commitments. How Deep? (Luke 3:21-4:21)
Find time to read the opening of Paul’s second letter to Timothy (2 Timothy 1.1-14.) “Baptism is an act that looks back with gratitude on what God’s grace has already accomplished…” Paul writes, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.” Consider your life. Name a person whose life was a testimony to faith. How did you experience faith lived in the person you have named? Say a prayer of thanks for that person and for the gift of faith that you have received from them.