There are many different ways to describe baptism. It is a cleansing and forgiveness of sin. It is an imparting of the Holy Spirit. It is adoption as God’s child, and initiation into the one holy and apostolic Church. It is the drowning of the “Old Adam,” and the promise of a new life lived in Christ. Baptism is all of these things, and more.
On September 9, Samuel Robert Rempe was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and was welcomed into the Lord’s family. Apparently, the old Adam was not too keen on the whole drowning thing, as Samuel cried pretty much through the whole ceremony. (In a tactical error on our part, Beth and I found ourselves on one side of the baptismal font with a pacifier, with Grandmas Rempe and Friedrich on the other side holding said screaming infant. I was tempted to relive my old basketball-playing days and transfer the pacifier with a well-placed hook shot, but I have my questions about mom’s hands, and I suspect that such a move would have been frowned upon in such a setting.)
Samuel was able to calm down long enough to take a few pictures after the service, and Grace and Caleb slowed down just long enough to remain in the frame for a couple of photos. (Phase II: getting all the kids to look at the camera at the same time. We hope to have this accomplished by Grace’s high school graduation.)
Thank you to all of you who were able to come out and join us on this blessed occasion. For those of you who were unable to join us, here are a few photos.