Ryan’s Baptism

Today we rejoiced with Ryan on his baptism into the family of God and we were so glad to join other family members and Lindale Mennonite Church in celebrating this special day.

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Ryan sharing his testimony which he wrote himself. It was amazing. He said he is taking a stand for Jesus!

Ryan’s Testimony:  https://vimeo.com/130750100

That’s what it is all about.

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Gathering at the creek.

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Pastor Duane Yoder asking Ryan his baptismal vows.

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The creek is so lovely but not very deep.

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Each one knelt in the creek and they poured water over their heads. They were given the pitchers as a memorial to their baptism.

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‘I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit”.

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IMG_8356Praying over him.

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“Arise and walk in newness of life”.

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One happy fella!

Ryan’s baptism:  https://vimeo.com/130748614

Ryan's Baptism-June 14, 2015The grandparents: Gene and Pat Hertzler,  Darrel & Sherill Hostetter

Ryan's Baptism-family picGreat-grandparents: Dwight and Fannie Heatwole and grandparents; Gene and Pat Hertzler, Darrel and Sherill Hostetter

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In his testimony, Ryan mentioned that he was baptized once by his sister. Here is that story.

A Dear “Lorded” Baptism

Even though our worship services are usually adult-oriented, they are also a vital part of a young child’s spiritual training.  In between the wiggling, coloring, eating, pouting and playing, they hear the songs of praise, sense the spirit of worship, and observe the adults giving testimony to their faith.   Sometimes weary parents feel that it almost isn’t worth the effort to battle another Sunday until they observe their little ones at play.

Karla, almost three, and Ryan, almost one, were in the living room playing when their mother who was in the kitchen suddenly became aware of what they were imitating.  Karla had her hands cupped above Ryan’s head and she was praying in earnest…

Dear Lord….(this was followed by jibberish that her mommy could not understand)….Amen.” 

Then she carefully poured the pretend water over Ryan’s head and gently pressed her hands on top of his head.  Finished, she went to the kitchen and announced to her mother, “Mommy, I dear Lorded Ryan!”

August 27, 2006

 

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