Saint Bartholomew's has been listening to God's voice - we are clarifying a vision to welcome and lead people forward into community and the Good News.
We then went to the actual place Jesus was baptized, referenced in the Gospel of John1:28: Bethany Beyond Jordan. This was the area where John the Baptist lived. It’s the same place Theodosius (AD 530) wrote about "... 5 miles north of the Dead Sea there is a single pillar ... And the church of St. John the Baptist ..."
We took a moment to renew our baptismal vows and break bread together. Recalling that after 30 years, Jesus was baptized and began his ministry, we asked ourselves what is God calling us to do tomorrow? Regardless of our age, God’s voice is calling us to serve. We had a moving moment as we reflected on this truth.
Baptism binds us together for ministry ... For the future of God.
2 Samuel 10 & 11 (reference to the people of Ammon)
Deuteronomy 34:1 Moses and God: the promised land
Mark 1 Baptism of the Lord