Pastors' Weekly Message: From Pastor Kate

Dear St. Paul’s family – 

Our “big God family” just got a little bit bigger!

Last week, Pastor Pat and I had the joy and privilege of baptizing Quinn Bernice Elizabeth Maloney. Some of you may remember that her big sister Collier’s baptism was the first one I assisted with here at St. Paul’s, so there was beautiful symmetry for me in sharing this moment with the Maloney family.

Of course, in this season of “covid-tide” the scene looked a little different than Collier’s baptism. The Sanctuary was empty save for our camera crew and the family; all of us wore masks throughout the service; and I wore gloves as I anointed Quinn with the living waters of our faith. However, the words we spoke over her were very similar, if not the exact same, that have been spoken over centuries of infants and adult believers, and the vows we made to “surround her with a community of love and forgiveness, that she may grow in her trust of God and be found faithful in her service to others” still rang with sacred promise.

Friends and family were able to join us via livestream to share this holy moment, and this Sunday we will include her baptism as part of our weekly worship. As you watch and listen, I invite you to use whatever water happens to be handy – in a glass, from a tap, in a stream, even from a kiddie pool or a sprinkler – to draw the sign of the cross on your forehead as you remember your own baptism. Take a moment to give thanks for all the ways God has moved and is yet moving in your life and the lives of others.

God is yet at work at St. Paul’s!


Pastor Kate