Just a little history.One of our young ladies accepted Christ as her savior about two weeks ago. The pastor contacted her parents to discuss baptism. Her dad mentioned that most members of her family had been baptized in the creek that runs through their family's property. Then he asked if she could be baptized in the same creek.
Preparation. Our pastor visited the property to determine the logistics of it all. Then he asked the church if it would be alright to move Sunday night service to the creek bank. The congregation readily agreed.
Getting to the Creek. Last night we drove to the property. Then about 60 people piled into pickup trucks and drove down to the creek. (Some people chose to walk.) It was rough terrain and we were glad the pastor had announced to bring the pickups.
Old Fashion Service. On the creek bank, we sang some praise songs with the help of a guitar. Then the pastor gave a short devotion based on Acts 8 where Phillip baptized the Ethiopian. The pastor led the child out into the creek and baptized her.
Our pastor does a beautiful baptism ceremony and he didn't change anything at the creek. After immersion, he asks the new convert to stick out their tongue and he puts a little salt on it. He reminds them that the Bible says we are the 'salt of the earth' and explains why. Then he hands them a candle and lights it. He explains that the Bible calls us the 'light of the world.' He challenges them to let their light shine for Christ.
It was a beautiful service beside the creek. Then we went back to the house and ate potluck. All in all--a very good service and nice to experience baptism as it used to be.