The 21st Annual Canoe Trip down Black River - May, 2016
A Joyful Day at St. Philip's
The Kashira Family
Elisha Kashira was baptized at St. Philip's Milford on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Elisha came to Canada with members of his extended family as refugees from the Congo. They were sponsored by the Anglican Diocese of Ontario and St. Mary Magdalene's Anglican and St. Patrick's Catholic churches in Napanee. For the past few years he and his brother, Jonathan, have lived with the family of The Rev. Canon David Smith and his wife, Esther. During that time, the St. Philip's congregation has grown very fond of these two fine young men. When we learned Elisha wished to be baptized, we were all delighted that it was to take place at St. Philip's.
Elisha's family's faith background is Pentecostal. When his aunt asked that his baptism be full immersion, a couple of options were considered. It was settled when a friend of St. Philip's offered the use of a portable baptismal pool from his church in Kingston.
Friends and family filled our little church to help celebrate this special event. The early part of the service was held in the main church according to the liturgy of the Service of Baptism in the BAS. Elisha's aunt, Mimi Kashira, read the Epistle passage, 1Corinthians:11 in Swahili.
"When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ..."
Love filled the church with the beautiful Swahili harmonies of the Kashira family
under the direction of Elisha's father, David.
The congregation filed into the hall to witness Elisha's baptism.
Father David blessed the water.
Father David immersed Elisha three times and made the sign of the cross on his forehead
Elisha was presented as a member of God's family before his natural family, his foster family and his church family.
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