In our opening worship service at the 222nd General Assembly we were urged to “travel wet” through life as those have been baptized. A huge baptismal font is at the entrance to the General Assembly Hall as you walk in. It is surrounded by plants and invitationally invites all who pass by it to dip their hands in the refreshing waters of baptism.
I have had the privilege the last few days of watching many people around me “travel wet”, living into their baptisms at GA:
- Commissioners coming together to engage their work around committees, learning and growing together, creating community and friendship around shared work and leadership for the Assembly
- Participating in two moving worship vigils outside the Convention Center on Monday and Tuesday–one a vigil for Creation, the other a vigil for refugees
- Our new co-moderators and the light and joy they have been bringing to the entire Assembly
- The staff of the various agencies of the denomination,engaged in servant-leadership, caring for us as we do the work of the Assembly together
- Teach-ins on all sorts of ways of living into our calling as disciples of Jesus in the exhibit hall and around the edges of the Assembly
- Powerful worship and prayers spoken and offered throughout each day
The General Assembly is for just one week, every-other year. So how do we “travel wet” at all other times and in all other spaces in our lives as those who seek to follow Jesus? What commitments does it take to “travel wet” and show others what baptismal living looks like in public?
My prayer is that we will each live into the challenge to “travel wet,” to live into our baptismal promise every day–wherever it is the Spirit calls us to go!
Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo is the Transitional Presbyter for Albany Presbytery. She’s fascinated by the ever-changing landscape of culture and faith communities and how these changes are pointing us to new points of God’s ongoing gift of resurrection. She can be reached at svanceocampo@albanypresbytery.
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