Sunday Reflection

What is baptism? Baptism is the sign of new life in Christ and unites Christ with his people. When we become baptized we make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ. We let go of our old ways of seeing others and ourselves. We learn to see one another through the eyes of Christ. We make a conscious decision to respect others and ourselves, to grow in our ability to live in harmony with others, and to forgive. We have a responsibility to resist evil in our own lives and to work to transform our society into a caring family centred on Christ’s passionate love for the world. At the time of baptism, the person is formally received as a member of the church, and may receive Holy Communion (or Eucharist).

What if I wish to become an Anglican but am already baptized?

Baptism in any Christian church or denomination in the name of the God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, is accepted by the Anglican Church of Canada. Anglicans do not re-baptize. Any baptized person may become a member of our church by regularly attending an Anglican parish and contributing to its life and ministry. In some parishes individuals new to the Anglican Church may wish to acknowledge Anglican membership publicly by participating in the services of confirmation or reception.

The Five Marks of Mission: All baptised are expected to live-out the following Marks of Mission. 1-To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom. 2-To teach, baptise and nurture new believers. 3-To respond to human need by loving service.  4-To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation. 5-To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

Resources are from the Diocese of New Westminster, Anglican Church of Canada.

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