Monday, October 22, 2007

The Truest Thing About Her

This year’s Young Life leadership camp speaker reminded us of a great truth: What is the truest thing about you? Your name. Who you are. Who God made you to be—his child whom he calls by name. You belong to God—in Amharic, Yegetanesh.

Yesterday at church, in the presence of friends and a great cloud of witnesses, Anna Jubilee Yegetanesh joined our church family through a simple affirmation of God’s covenant with us through baptism:

Aaron and Wendy, do you desire for Anna to be baptized?
We do.

Relying on God’s grace, do you promise to live the Christian faith and to teach that faith to your child?
We do.

Do you, congregation, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture Anna, by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging her to know and follow Christ and be a faithful member of his church?
We do.

And so with joy we dedicated to God that which is already his yet ours to watch over. We cling to the covenant promise that as he calls her by name, he whispers to her soul the truest thing about her: Yegetanesh—you belong to God.

Let the people sing:

I have a Maker
He formed my heart
Before even time began
My life was in his hands

He knows my name
He knows my every thought,
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call

I have a Father,
He calls me his own
He’ll never leave me,
No matter where I go

He knows my name
He knows my every thought
He sees each tear that falls
And hears me when I call

Tommy Walker, "He Knows My Name (I Have a Maker)"


Anonymous said...

Aaron and Wendy,
I know we where not there in body, but in spirit and in prayer, "WE DO TOO!!"
Love you and miss you all,
Brad and Vonnie
PS Wendy, thanks for keeping your blog up, it help me feel conneced to Anna and both of you. V

shelly said...

Beautiful!...was dad crying in the picture?

~Hippie~ said...

It was a beautiful service and I hope it truly made you proud of the child you have brought into a wonderful life, and that you have made many lives wonderful by bringing her to us.
May the Lord always support her ever-growing body, mind and soul.