A special baptism

RaySipe
11/06/2010

A special baptism

Ray and Ruth Ann Sipe recently baptized their daughter's triplets.

During one's journey as either a parent or a pastor, there are a few special moments that make it all worthwhile.

As a pastor, baptisms are always special moments -- whether it is an infant, or a young child or an adult.

In Baptism, we join the fellowship of believers in a particular community, but more importantly, we become part of the family of God -- brothers and sisters in Christ.

Since I was baptized as an infant, I surely don't remember anything about my own baptism.

As a parent, I remember the baptisms of my two children, though the only part I had in their baptism was to present them and then raise them in the faith.

When our twin grandchildren were baptized, we were fairly new pastors and our participation in their baptism was purely as grandparents.

We were there and participated with the rest of the family. We were very glad to be there and to be included, and we take seriously our duty as grandparents.

This past Sunday, though, was a little different. Ruth Ann and I together baptized the triplets -- our daughter’s babies. These were not our first baptisms as pastors, nor the first that we had done together, but it was special to baptize our grandchildren!

It was a joyous occasion, and one that will remain a special memory. One of the things that makes it special is that since Ruth Ann and I no longer serve together at the same church, moments like these are rare and will become even more so.

We certainly cannot arrange to be together for something like this very often, but I am very glad we were able to do it for this occasion.

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Originally posted Oct. 22, 2010, at Ministry Notes from Pastors Ray and Ruth Ann. Republished with permission of the author. Find a link to Ray Sipe’s entry on the blog Ministry Notes from Pastors Ray and Ruth Ann at Lutheran Blogs.

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