Benediction: A Sonnet
Grace, mercy, and peace be to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Text: (Num 6:22-27 ESV)
“The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
“So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.””
This is the Word of our Lord. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
As passing go the days of ev’ry year
The promises we make we rarely keep
A resolution make but not adhere
As dreams from mem’ry go when rise from sleep
Pureness of heart will drive the good intent
But those intents have paved infernal roads
And though reflection on them brings lament
It doesn’t change our course as evil goads
So long as flesh is born in fallen earth
Rebellion will precede physical birth.
Our Baptismal Promise
In Baptism we make a solemn oath
Renouncing every devil’s work and way
In purity the One Who would betroth
We pledge our faithfulness to final day
Yet though our bridegroom forfeit all His life
We callously discard His affection
Our hearts and deeds do not befit His wife
And question memory of connection
Though deluge purged out Adam’s legacy,
The patriot still acts the enemy.
God’s Baptismal Promise
Yet from the flood, creation sprang anew,
And from New Adam’s veins, eternity
And just as one tree God’s image withdrew,
Yet with another gives it back to thee
And even though like Gomer, we still stray,
Our Lord forever claims us as His own
By water and His Word with each new day,
Renews His vows until we face His throne
Adopting us, bequeaths to us His name,
Indwells and grants the Holy Spirit’s flame.
The Promise at the Tomb
In Baptism, the New Man comes alive
And transgression’s left buried in the grave
Just as the Lord Himself did once revive
And pave the Way for those He died to save
So those who go again as from the womb,
By water and the Spirit rise again
As Christ was raised exalted from the tomb,
Shall follow His example at the end.
As Resurrection looms, we need not fear
His promised blessing given when He’s here.
Now the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Originally preached Dec 30, 2009