What is in a story? Telling your Gospel

The Gospel story is a part of our baptismal covenant. We are called tell that story whenever we have the opportunity. Come, explore how you can take part in the telling of your Good News of God in Christ Jesus.

This class on sharing your Gospel is on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 9:30 am in the large room of the Education Building. Fr. Jed Fox leads this class.

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Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington.

Education Building at Church of the Redeemer

What is the Baptismal Covenant?

The rite of Christian initiation contains a series of vows, made by all present, called the “baptismal covenant” (Book of Common Prayer, pp. 304-305). After the candidates have renounced evil and committed themselves to Christ, the presider asks the congregation to join them and “renew our own baptismal covenant.” Responding to a series of questions, the people affirm belief in the Triune God through the Apostles’ Creed and promise to do specific things in their lives. This includes, “Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News [Gospel] of God in Christ?”

In the Episcopal Church, the baptismal covenant is widely regarded as the normative statement of what it means to follow Christ. (Adapted from Baptismal Covenant on the Episcopal Church website.)

The Baptismal Covenant

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Father?
People: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant: Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Celebrant: Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
People: I will, with God’s help.

From the Book of Common Prayer

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal tradition. Art and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

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