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What Are You Doing Here? -- What Shall We Do?

1 Kings 19: 9b - "And the word of the Lord came to him: "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

On August 20, 2023, the answer to that question for the friends and members of the United Church of Colchester was: "We are baptizing here!"

Acts 2: 36-39 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

On a glorious August afternoon at Sand Bar State Park (Vermont), Wendy Hinsdale, Hilda Ferris, and Tom Bock, having professed their faith in Jesus Christ as their savior, were baptized in the water of Lake Champlain. This act was their answer to God's question: "What are you doing here?" Their answer was to follow Christ's call, just like those three thousand who were baptized at Pentecost two thousand years ago, the day the Church was born

As each of us go through our lives, from time to time we will know that God asks us, "What are you doing here?" Our prayer, as Christian believers, is that we can answer: "We are doing what you called us to do from our baptism. . . ."


Go to our YouTube channel to view the entire Baptism Day,. Fast forward to the end to see our time at Lake Champlain.

God bless,

Pastor Russ

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