Living by faith means that we are constantly making a statement about what we believe and who we believe in.
A service of baptism invites us to stop and re-evaluate our relationship with God. For those being baptised, there is the immediacy of declarations to make (“I do”) and promises to keep (“I will”). For those of us who sit and watch it is not just a matter of observation, we are participants: we are God’s church and it is into our community as well as Christ that the candidates are being baptised into.
At the same time, we should not close our minds to what God will be doing as we meet. As well as honouring the public steps that some will take, God will also be reminding those of us who are already committed to his service of the promises we have made and the invitation he has issued to us.