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THE CHERRY ON TOP

Posted on: May 6, 2012

“Little did I know the work God was doing that would put the cherry on top.” I took that line from the facebook status of a very good friend (with her permission) because it truly sums up how our service went this past Sunday (April 29, 2012).

In our church, an announcement is made when we are planning to have a Baptism Service. It is usually made a few weeks in advance to give the Pastors time to meet with the baptism candidates and, according to their age, their parents. Just such an announcement was made a few weeks ago and this past Sunday was the day for our Baptism Service.

We had SIX people that were going to be baptized. Here’s a picture of them – this was taken just before they were each telling why they were being baptized.


This particular service, we had five from our Children’s Church getting baptized. The age of these children is the reason the Pastors like to have time to counsel them, along with their parents, to be sure the children understand what they are doing and why. It’s not just something they do ‘because their friend did it’. I LOVE this about our church because you can be sure that these children know and understand exactly what they are doing and what their decision means.

However, something was different this time. After the baptisms, Pastor Gene spoke from Acts 8:26-40 where Philip explains to the Ethiopian eunuch the good news about Jesus and, as they were traveling and came to water how the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” He then asked if there was anyone in the service that day that had never given their life to Jesus to do so as he had us all close our eyes and he led in a salvation prayer.

Then, the Pastor did something that he’s never done before. He told everyone in the congregation that it had been on his heart all week to do this – he opened up the service for anyone else that wanted to be baptized. He told us if anyone had just prayed that prayer for the first time or if maybe someone was there that had given their life to Jesus but then had walked away and had not been living for Him and now was coming back to Him or if there was someone that had maybe been baptized as a baby or had been baptized before but didn’t really understand what they were doing – he gave several different scenarios – and then he turned to the baptistry on stage and said ‘Look, here is water. What is preventing you from being baptized?’ He did ask that, in this situation, each one be 13 years old or older in order to respect parents.

There is absolutely no way to describe in words the filling (and that is NOT ‘feeling’ misspelled) of God’s presence in the sanctuary that morning and there were four more that came forward to be baptized. The reason my friend made the reference about God putting the cherry on top? She and her husband’s youngest son was one in the group baptized that morning. What they had no way of knowing was that one of their older daughters would be one of the four that went forward stating that she had walked away from God and was doing this to show that she was coming back to Him!

Still one more amazing thing? Another of the four that came forward was the sister to a girl that was baptized during our last baptism a couple of months ago. Her mother said she had been asking lots of questions since then and for her to go forward on her own was a HUGE thing. Why? Because she is autistic and very frightened or intimated to be in front of a bunch of people. So for her to go forward on her own and want to do this, her mother KNEW it was nothing but God!

{If you would like to see the baptisms, I have posted the videos on my facebook page here. This will actually take you to the photos page  but you can just click on ‘VIDEOS’ and it will take you to the videos of the baptisms. Word of warning – my camera was having a day where it would just decide to quit recording all on its own, so some of the videos are cut short and one video is in two parts.}

It was truly a wonderful day and God’s presence was felt in a way that, sadly, is considered rare these days, but that’s a post for another day. I hope you will choose to watch the videos and let God use them to bless you.

Love y’all!

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2 Responses to "THE CHERRY ON TOP"

What a precious way to start the week! Love this!!!

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