Our God isn’t an aloof Father. He didn’t create & then forsake His creation. This world hasn’t bored Him, and now He’s moved on to other projects. Rather, He upholds creation by His Word. He’s present at every turn. He’s the inescapable Fact. He’s there in the ocean depths & mountain heights.
Baptism is given to us as a gift & blessing to underscore God’s omnipresence in a profoundly personal way. While He’s present everywhere, and at all times, these waters assure you that He’s present with you. Or as the confession reminds us: you belong, body & soul, in life & death, to your faithful God & Savior.
You are brought into true fellowship with God the Father, by baptism into the life, death, & resurrection of His Son. Christ the divine comes near to us in this sign, and by His humanity sympathizes with our plight. And so the God who made & fills Heaven & Earth, comes to dwell in us.
So welcome our sister & brothers to Jesus Christ…