Preaching Baptism Year Round
AuthorShumard, James Bradley
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This paper both advocates and provides impetus and resources for preaching Baptism and The Baptismal Covenant throughout the year. People need to hear sermons on baptisms more often than when baptisms occur because first of all most Episcopal Churches are so small they do not have many baptisms and secondly, our service of Holy Baptism conveys far more meanings for baptism than can be covered in one or four sermons or one class. There is also a significant diversity of theological understandings of Baptism (See chapter on “Theologies of Baptism.”) which reinforces the need to cover many bases over many Sundays, seasons and years. Preaching Baptism on Easter, Pentecost, All Saints and The Baptism of Our Lord are BCP appropriate Sundays can cover much of those bases and sermons for those Sundays are included. Preaching on Baptism more often will also enhance the people’s understanding of the importance of baptism and its meanings. Resources such as the sample sermons, theologies of baptism and suggested times and seasons and reasons for preaching Baptism are provided.