Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

“Oh sisters, let’s go down.  Let’s go down, come on down.  Oh sisters, let’s go down, down in the river to pray.”  

Sunday, August 8, 2021, was a memorable day for our church.  Not only was it an outdoor service at Camp Adams, but it was the baptism of Kathi Malcom in Milk Creek, which runs through the camp.  When Pastor Jeanne asked me the week prior if I could help her, I said sure, not realizing what exactly I would be doing.  Well, the experience was not at all like the Baptist Church baptisms of my youth!

Baptism at Camp Adams

The area of the creek was very “rustic.”  We worked our way downhill, through the “brambles” to stand next to the water.  As I stood next to Jeanne and Kathy, facing the hillside, it was a beautiful sight to see our congregation make their way “down to the river to pray.” 

Kathy (Walden) was playing violin, Dan and Lily were singing as were the rest of us.  I had a lump in my throat looking at “us,” with the observation that we are a beautiful, quirky, loving group of people whom I deeply cherish.  

Baptism at Camp Adams

In the creek, Jeanne, Kathi, and I managed to not fall from the slick rocks on the bottom and performed the (completely underwater) ceremony.  Kathi said that the ritual symbolizes her love of Jesus and her ability to follow the teachings of Jesus.  I felt honored and humbled to participate.  This was truly an experience of love and commitment.

“Oh sisters, let’s go down, down to the river to pray.”