The last thing that happens at a national political party convention is the introduction of the selected candidate. After several minutes of cheers, the nominee steps to the podium and says, “Ladies and gentlemen, I accept your nomination for President of the United States.” And then there are many more minutes of cheers before the candidate launches into the acceptance speech. It is political drama at its best, though for most of my life, it has mostly been staged because the nominee was known long before the convention started. If there is support for someone who does not want to be the candidate, that person can simply say these words. “If nominated, I will not run. If elected I will not serve.” Those words are rarely heard because most folks who are supported for the nomination want to be the nominee. But still, it is a choice. This week, we celebrate the baptism of Jesus. We hear the story of Jesus coming to the Jordan River where his cousin John the Baptist is baptizing folks for the repentance of sins. This might raise two questions for you. First, why does Jesus need to be baptized and what does this have to do with politics? Well … come and hear about this on Sunday at John McMillan Presbyterian Church for either the 8:30 or 11:00 worship when Pastor Jeff preaches, “Touched by the Water” based on Matthew 3: 1-6; 13-17. We will look forward to seeing you.