"Baptism and Collaboration in the Body of Christ": Lent-Easter Devotional & Formation
Lent is the traditional season of preparation to receive new members into the church through Baptism at the Easter Vigil. It is a personal journey. Yet, from sponsors, to catechists, to the prayers of the community and its shared life, Baptism is also a collaborative endeavor: as we are baptized into Christ, we are baptized into each other.
This year, a joint Lenten devotional is being offered in the dioceses of Vermont and Massachusetts on the theme of "Baptism and Collaboration in the Body of Christ." The devotional features lay, ordained and monastic voices reflecting on the daily Scriptures of the season and the various "Will you…" questions of the baptismal covenant:
- Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship in the breaking of the bread and in the prayers?
- Will you persevere in resisting evil, and whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
- Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Jesus Christ?
- Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
- Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
- Will you cherish the wondrous works of God, and protect and restore the beauty and integrity of all creation?
In addition, online worship and conversation gatherings guided by each week’s baptismal vow will be held on Thursday evenings, Feb. 15, 22 and 29, March 7, 14 and 21, and April 4, from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m., via the Green Mountain Online Abbey of the Diocese of Vermont. All are welcome. RSVPs to the Rev. adwoa Wilson are appreciated: email@example.com.