Sunday 9th April had dawned bright and clear. It was a perfect morning as members and friends of Guildford and Stratham churches headed down to Lake Moyanup in Waroona, WA to witness the most beautiful of ceremonies. On this day another soul would be making a public commitment to give themselves over to the Lord and serve Him for the rest of their life. This time it was Amariah Payet.
The profession of faith was held by the lake along with special items and testimonies from those who knew Amariah. Amariah also gave her testimony. She shared the familiar struggle of doing her best to please God but then realising that at the end of each day she had again failed and fallen short of righteousness. She then shared that something she had read in a recent Sabbath Bible Lesson helped her to finally realise that if she waited until she was good enough to please God, salvation could never be hers. Instead, by faith she took hold of the promise that Christ’s righteousness could be her own and that she could be complete in Him today.
Amariah was baptised in the lake by immersion, symbolising the death of the old person and the raising up of the new person that she now is in Christ Jesus.
Members and friends then stayed behind to have refreshments and a light lunch and spend time together. It was a beautiful and memorable day—a time where some could reflect on their commitment to the Lord while others who had not yet committed could think seriously about taking this vital step in their personal salvation.