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A Relection by Sue Snape, All God's Children

How many times have you recited something in church because you know it verbatim,

but you just didn’t stop and think about what you are actually saying? What does this

phrase, hymn, reading actually mean? What does it mean to me today?

I was baptized as a young child. I was twelve. Did I really know what I was ‘agreeing’

to? I think I did at the time, but as I have recently begun to renew my Baptismal Vows,

the words and their meaning have made more of an impact on me. The impact has

been greater in these past two years than ever before. And I’m actually listening and

hearing the words. Are you?


Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as


People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the

dignity of every human being?

People: I will, with God’s help.