Leanne VanDyk

READ : Matthew 3:16-17
Matthew 28:19
2 Corinthians 13:14

Let us make humankind in our image. (Gen. 1:26)

Read: the Belgic Confession, Articles 8-9

There is perhaps no more dramatic moment of worship than the moment of baptism when these words are spoken: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Whether that person is a tiny infant or a new convert, the moment shimmers with the weight of glory. God is saying, “You are mine.” The community of believers is saying, “You are now united with Christ, along with us.” The sacrament of baptism, from the very earliest time of the Christian church, has been celebrated in the strong name of the Trinity. Christians everywhere are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Christians believe in one God in three persons. This is a truth of very great perplexity. Some cranky agnostics have complained that Christians do not know how to count properly. What we must concede is that we do not have the right kind of categories really to understand the Trinity. So, we craft words which perhaps come closest. When the Belgic Confession says that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit each have their own characteristics but they are not divided or isolated, that these three divine persons are yet only one God, we worship and give thanks.


Triune God, may our voices join the choirs of angels in heaven as we worship your glorious name. Amen.