Reflecting On Jesus’ Baptism At Emmanuel United Church Of Christ

Baptize –to purify or purge spiritually; to dedicate; to christen. Baptism is the symbolic cleansing of our spirits from the sins of this world. That makes sense for us as mortals. We sin. We need cleansing. But what about Jesus? Why did he ask John to baptize him?

The answer to that is the second definition: to dedicate. Through his baptism, Jesus publicly acknowledges his dedication to God’s will. A dedication that will often be hard and, ultimately, painful as he sacrifices himself on the cross. Jesus understood that dedication must result in action. As baptized followers of Christ, we need to understand that connection, too.

The act of baptism should also be an acknowledgement by us of our dedication to God and his will in our lives. If we truly dedicate ourselves as Jesus did, the third definition is true for us as well. We are christened –named. In Luke 3:22, God names Jesus –“You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

God will call us by name as his children and affirm his love for us: You are my child, whom I love; with you I am well pleased. Come celebrate our baptism, our cleansing, our dedication, and our name as God’s children.

Sunday worship service is at 10:30 am and is led by Rev. Ken Newhook, our Interim Pastor. We welcome visitors and friends to join us for worship every Sunday.

Upcoming events:

January 6 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm

January 6 –Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

January 10 –Sunday School at 9:00 am

January 10 –Teen Talk at 9:00 am

January 10 –Sunday Communion Worship at 10:30 am

January 13 –Kid’s Choir at 6:30 pm

January 13 –Chancel Choir at 7:00 pm

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Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance Township houses the Food Bank for the Wapwallopen Ministerium. All contacts are kept strictly confidential as we understand each person’s need for privacy and self-esteem. The food bank is open by appointment only. If we can help you or someone you know, please call (570) 868-5675 and we will provide nourishment for you and those you care for. Please give us at least 24-hour’s notice in order to set up an appointment.

Thank you to everyone who contributes to our recycling aluminum cans project and hope you will continue to help us raise funds by recycling cans to help needy families in our area. Through your help, our neighbors receive assistance to meet their daily needs. Please place the cans in large bags and drop them off in the large crates at the back of the lower parking lot. Again, thank you for your continued support.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ is located at 7768 Blue Ridge Trail at its intersection with Alberdeen Road (across from Andy’s Gas Station) in Dorrance Township, Mountain Top, and we invite you to join us on Sunday mornings for Sunday Worship Service at 10:30 am. We have a Nursery available for children to age 6 during our Worship Service. Our Sunday School has classes for children and youth from 3 years old to teenagers and meets at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings. If you need directions or would like more information, please call the church office at (570) 868-5675. Our church is handicapped accessible.

If you are in need of pastoral care, please call the church office at (570) 868-5675.E-mail access is emmanuel_ucc@hotmail.comand our website is