Friday, May 10, 2013

Eliza's Baptism

Eliza was baptized a few weeks ago when my parents were in town. She was baptized at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, Kansas. We started attending Grace when we moved to Lawrence last July and most of the women I am friends with also attend church with us. It's a really great community with many young families and lots of children!

Eliza was baptized on April 21st.
(The man standing behind us is an elder at Grace.)

Eliza was all smiles during the service and even made a few sweet squeals!

                             She kept watch over the congregation during most of Pastor Bill's talk.

Will and I made three vows:

1. Do you acknowledge your child's need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, & the renewing grace of the Holy Spirit?
2. Do you claim God's covenant promises on her behalf, & do you look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ for her salvation, as you do your own?
3. Do you now unreservedly dedicate your child to God, & promise, in humble reliance upon divine grace, that you will endeavor to set before her a godly example, that you will pray with & for her, that you will teach her the doctrines of our holy religion, & that you will strive, by all the means of God's appointment, to bring her up in the nurture & admonition of the Lord?

He's talking to you now Miss Eliza.

Our little convenant child.

Pastor Bill saying a prayer for Eliza.

Happy girl! She had the congregation laughing and smiling along with her. 

It was a very special day for our family. And now we have the tremendous responsibilty (and joy) of shepherding our daughter and setting a godly example for her. We love you so much Eliza Burke Cunningham! We are praying that you will trust in Jesus as a child. I often sing the words of this hymn to you...

  1. ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just to take Him at His Word;
    Just to rest upon His promise,
    And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
    • Refrain:
      Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
      How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
      Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
      Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
  2. Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just to trust His cleansing blood;
    And in simple faith to plunge me
    ’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
  3. Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just from sin and self to cease;
    Just from Jesus simply taking
    Life and rest, and joy and peace.
  4. I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
    Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
    And I know that Thou art with me,
    Wilt be with me to the end.

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