Life Essentials: Sleep

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Rev. Dean Snyder

Psalm 121:1-8; 127:1-2

The United Methodist Church has two official sacraments.
They are? Communion and Baptism.

The official definition of a sacrament is that it is “an
outward sign of inward grace, and a means whereby we receive the same.”

So Communion is an outward act –eating and drinking—through
which we appropriate (we get) some of the grace of God.

Baptism is an outward sign –water—through which we appropriate
the grace of God when we are baptized and every time we remember our baptism.

Both of our official sacraments have a long history on which
they are partially based in Judaism. Communion has a history in the Passover Seder
meal.

Baptism has a history in the Jewish practice of Mikvah or
ritual bathing.  Next Sunday, as part of
the sermon, Dawn is going to interview N [...]