All camp worship is one of the highlights at Shrine Mont. The entire mountain gathers together for prayer, song, and the breaking of the bread. The energy is always high, the singing joyful, and the spirit present. This week, however, all camp worship looked a little different. This week, we had the joy of participating in the baptism of future camper, Luca.
Leader Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support this person in their life in Christ?
People We will.
Never in my life, have I heard such an energetic, hopeful, and committed response than I did from the campers and staff on that Sunday night. The community of faith gathered here in this holy place took their vow to support Luca wholeheartedly. During the service, they remembered their own baptisms, proclaimed the kingdom of heaven has come near, and promised to live into a perpetual state of grace by loving themselves and their neighbors. To say the world felt a little less broken that evening would be an understatement. Luca will grow up in a more loving and a more reconciled world because of the community which surrounded him that night.
So the next time you have the opportunity to participate in a baptism, I invite you to consider the response of the young people gathered here this week. Consider how you might support the newest member of God’s family by living into your own baptismal promises. Seek and serve Christ in ALL persons, respect the dignity of EVERY human being, and proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.