Jacob Henry Tucker Clark was baptized at St. Andrew's yesterday. It was wonderful. I really enjoyed talking to the young people about the importance of baptism and how they are ministers for God's Kingdom. We had a very tasty lunch afterward and good conversation. Bishop Scarfe was scheduled to be in Chariton for the event but a winter storm in Chicago stopped him cold. He plans to join us next Sunday evening for a service.
Tomorrow is a very special day for us here at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Jacob Henry Tucker Clark is going to be baptized by Bishop Scarfe. In our prayer book it says: Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.
We are deepening the bond between Jacob and God's Church. My hope. My prayer is that Jacob's spiritual self will be nourished by his baptism and he will continue to grow in body and soul all of his days. There is an African saying, "it takes a village to raise a child." You and I are part of Jacob's village. I invite you to join us tomorrow to celebrate with Jacob's family this holy event. The service starts at 9:30.
I have never considered myself especially wise but I will still make a comment about the terrorist attacks going on around the world. This week there was a terrorist attack in Nigeria. There was one in the Middle East and another in Paris. Several weeks ago a bomb blew up a Russian passenger plane.
How can we as a nation fight terrorism? I do not have all the answers but I do know we need to do what we can to stop these horrible attacks on innocent people. I believe that sometimes the only way is with the use of lethal force. People will die on both sides in the process and that is so sad.
Never underestimate the power of prayer and may Christ be with you.
I am including a prayer from our prayer book.
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our
heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove
ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will.
Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and
pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend
our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes
brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue
with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust
the authority of government, that there may be justice and
peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we
may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth.
In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail;
all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen