September 2019 Newsletter
This summer, Disney released the remake of the classic 1994 film, The Lion King. This is a favorite Disney film of many and chronicles the life of the lion, Simba, who runs away from home after the death of his father, King Mufasa. Simba blames himself for his father’s death and struggles with his identity as he eventually must decide to take his rightful place as king. The turning point for Simba which sparks his decision to return home is when he hears the message from his father to, “Remember who you are.”
In my meet and greets at Epworth this past month, it has been such a joy to get to know who each of you are as individuals, but also who we are as the Body of Christ here at Epworth. As we enter into the season of fall, we will remember who we are through a reaffirmation of our baptismal vows. Baptism, one of two sacraments in our church, is the way in which we identify who we are. Baptism by water and spirit is our initiation into the Body of Christ and incorporation into God’s mighty acts of salvation. Baptism, either as an infant or adult, means our identity is now found in Jesus.
When we remember our baptism we remember who we are and also remember the commitment we made to serve as Christ’s representatives in this world. Baptism unites us as Christ’s body and when you become a professing member of Epworth United Methodist Church you promise to faithfully participate in our local congregation through your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.
For the five Sundays in September our worship services will focus on each of those baptismal promises as we celebrate the ways in which we have kept those promises and also consider the ways in which God might be calling us to serve in a new way. Join us for worship on Sunday, October 6, as we participate in a Reaffirmation of Baptism so we can truly rejoice and remember who we are.