Baptism and the Eight-pointed Star

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on May 05, 2017

Our baptismal font has an eight-pointed star. Why?

In the Old Testament, little boys were circumcised on the eighth day. Circumcision was the outward sign that the promises given to Abraham also applied to this child (Genesis 17:11).

In his letter to the Colossians, the Apostle Paul links circumcision and baptism (Colossians 2). Baptism is God’s sign that all the promises given to us in Christ are given to this child who is baptized. All of us who are baptized can always go back to our baptisms and see that we have all that we need, “fullness,” in Christ.

The eight-pointed Star is the Symbol of Baptism to remind us that it is the New Testament equivalent of circumcision. St. Augustine (about 400 A.D.) in his Easter Octave sermon also connects the eighth day to Easter and Jesus’ resurrection. He wrote: “When the Lord rose from the dead, he put off the mortality of the flesh; his risen body was still the same body, but it was no longer subject to death. By his resurrection he consecrated Sunday, or the Lord’s day. Though the third after his passion, this day is the eighth after the Sabbath, and thus also the first day of the week."

The eight-pointed star links our baptism to Jesus’ resurrection on the “eighth day.” Just as Jesus rose on the eighth day, we are to rise to a new life of service to Christ (Romans 6:4).

Just as Jesus rose on the eighth day, baptism is God’s promise that our bodies washed in the waters of baptism shall also rise victorious from the grave.

This week, the eight-pointed star can also invite you to celebrate six baptisms in just 8 days!

A baby was baptized on Sunday at the 10:45 service. Tuesday evening a brother and sister from our school were baptized in a private ceremony. Next Monday three siblings from our school will be baptized as part of an adoption celebration. The legal adoption process will be complete and they will celebrate their adoption into God’s family in Holy Baptism. Amazing what our God is doing in just 8 days!

In addition, 35 young people will celebrate their eighth-day in the Rite of Confirmation. They will stand before God’s altar this Sunday and confirm (confess again) the faith into which they were baptized. We join them in celebrating their eighth day!

Serving Our Youth Beyond Confirmation

As part of our desire to continue to serve our youth beyond confirmation, we are seeking feedback from teens in a survey here and their parents in a survey here. Please take a few minutes to help us serve our teens better by completing this survey.

Join us in worship

All our services this weekend will celebrate a life filled with purpose in Christ. That’s what Jesus came for… that we might have “life to the full” (John 10:10). Hope you can join us.

Confirmation Services: Sun @ 9:15 & 10:45 am

Traditional Services: Sat @ 5 pm, Sun @ 7:45 & 9:15 am, Wed @ 7 pm Contemporary Services: Sun @ 10:45 am
The Bridge: Sun @ 10:15 am (Communion service at 9:45 am)

If you can't make it person, our traditional service message is on our website by Monday and The Bridge is lived streamed on Sunday at 10:15. Archived Bridge services are there as well.

Finally, the Quarterly Messenger with reports from staff and plans for the new fiscal year is available. There is an open forum to learn more Saturday evening at 6 pm after the worship service. I pray you are able to enjoy this beautiful weekend!

Pastor Pete


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