by Pastor Richard Root
Mississauga City Baptist Church
Each summer the congregation of Mississauga City Baptist Church makes its way out of the city for a four day camping retreat. Of course, we have our regular supporters—those camping afficianados who come fully equipped with every piece of gear in the Coleman catalogue. But each year we are also joined by those who are making their first excursion into the Canadian Wilderness. MCBC is a congregation composed largely of newcomers to Canada. Our site is filled with the smells of jerk chicken, Chinese corn soup and Hyderabadi biryani.
Our Sunday worship, held outdoors in the cathedral of God’s creation, is always a highlight. This year’s service included the opportunity to make a faith declaration in baptism. Thirteen people ventured into the waters of lake Huron, surrounded by family and friends. With smiles and applause we watched fathers help baptize their sons, husbands and wives baptized together, even whole families enter the water at the same time. It was a stirring reminder of the way God intersects with our lives. And the joy of witnessing that experience is contagious!
Watch the video below and join in the celebration!