October 29, 2017
Praise the Lord !
This day is a special time for both babies and parents. Six children were dedicated to God.
Baby dedication is where parents dedicate their children to the Lord to take care of the gift that God gave to them. Psalm 127:3 stated that Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him and Ephesians 6:4 stated, Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord. Pastor Gavin clearly recited above so that as parents, they are reminded of God’s grace upon them and guidance on teaching children according to His ways. Jesus’s example of how He grew and became strong in Spirit, filled with wisdom as stated in Luke 2:40 should be the goal of every parent. After sharing message, parents were invited to come to stage with their children.
Parents made three pledges, responding to the questions with ‘I do’:
1. Do you here this day recognise your child as a gift from God, and with heartfelt thanks, you dedicate your child to the Lord?
2. Do you here this day pledge as a parent that you will bring your child up with loving discipline and instruction of the Lord, and you will pray and bring them to one day believe Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour?
3. Do you here this day pledge as a parent by God’s help and in partnership with the church, to provide your child a Christian home of love and peace?
After the pledge, mothers, fathers and Pastor signed the certificates, which was then presented together with a small gift, followed by photography and prayers.
Pastor then preached on ‘Gird your waist with truth’. God is truth and children should be nurtured in truth before they open up to the world, so the enemy will not deceive them instead they can stand firm.
Praise God for all the children and that they will grow in God’s love, wisdom and grace.