Dear Friends – With not many April showers this year, we are being warned that if we have a flaming June then water supplies could be critically low. A reminder to us all of how important water is in our daily physical lives. The theme of water in our spiritual lives is also very important. As the words that are used at the blessing of the water at a baptism service remind us:-
We thank you, almighty God, for the gift of water to sustain, refresh and cleanse all life. Over water the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through water you led the children of Isreal from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land.
In water your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us from the death of sin to newness of life.
We thank you, Father, for the water of baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit.
Pentecost, in the early church, was often one of the days that new converts were baptised. As we celebrate the feast of Pentecost (WhitSunday) we are reminded of the coming of the Holy Spirit and our baptism into life with the risen Christ.
All good wishes, Richard