Building the Church: Dear Little Brothers

If you’ve been keeping up with my monthly Tiny Letter, you know I’ve been exploring the life of St. Francis through my serial eBook, Dear Little Brothers. St. Francis was the saint who was called by God to rebuild the church. Part 2 of Dear Little Brothers, describes this call in greater detail, and you’ll receive a FREE copy (of Part 1 and Part 2) by signing up for my bi-monthly Tiny Letter here. Periodically, I’ll send additional Chapters of Dear Little Brothers, but only to Tiny Letter subscribers.

Do you want a little taste of this month’s Tiny Letter? Read below and enjoy!

*****

Building the Church

We’re a small band of believers. A mishmash of misfits who gather on Sunday for scripture and sacrament. We pass prayers, pass the peace, and pass the bread and wine. On Wednesdays, we pass potluck plates of chicken, pass smiles, pass stories at the tiny farm house.  We pass pieces of ourselves one to another.

On Sunday a young family carried their legacy before our small cloud of witnesses. Creamy skin reflecting white gown, he was the baptismal baby–blue-eyed and giggling. The church stood, shoulder to shoulder, together in the most unifying of moments. We’d been learning to live life together over these last months, and this was the next step.

The priest asked whether we would shepherd this young one’s faith, whether our body of belief will hold belief out for him. “We will,” we said, and the conviction in the response steels spiritual bones. Father held baby over basin, and the water was poured over the child’s head. This was his initiation into the church. It was our initiation into family.

Read carefully. This isn’t so much about the theology of infant baptism (or the lack thereof as you might believe). This is about something bigger.

Sign up for my Tiny Letter to read the rest of the piece.

*****

*****

Cover.FrancisThanks for stopping in! If you enjoy reading here, sign up to receive my bi-monthly Tiny Letter. In the first of edition of the June newsletter, I’m be giving away Chapter 2 of Dear Little Brothers, a serial eBook. Sign up in the box below, to receive Chapter 1 and look for the June Tiny Letter in your inbox to download Chapter 2!

powered by TinyLetter
Want to receive my updates in your inbox? Click here. Also, follow along on Twitter and Facebook.

Tags: , ,
  • pastordt

    And yet it is, too. I happen to love infant baptism – I was baptized as an infant and have performed several as a pastor. VERY high on my list of favorite things to do in that role. The picture of dependence is exactly what we self-reliant, over-busy types need on a regular basis. Those babies always locked eyes with me as I spoke the words and got them wet – I loved it a lot. Thanks, Seth, for reminding me.