Granted, baptisms don't happen all that often here in Europe, so when there is the occasion for a baptism, it is extra special. While I know of churches which will dedicate a whole service to the Lord's Table (e.g. our home church), I don't know of a single church in the U.S. which dedicates entire services to baptisms. Second, the victorious nature of baptism was emphasized. As each of the two candidates came up out of the water, the congregation burst into a victorious hymn of praise to God as if it were giving the final blow against the powers of darkness in the lives of these disciples. Third, the congregation's acceptance of the candidates into their midst was emphasized. After they were baptized, the congregation gathered around the candidates and sang to them in acapella a pronouncement of blessing very much like the Aaronic blessing. It was a very moving scene. Afterwards, there was pie (the famous Limburgse vlaai) with coffee, as people stayed around for another hour to fellowship and celebrate the occasion.
A Dutch Baptismal ServiceWritten by Theo van Reijn
We attended a baptismal service yesterday. A few things stood out that I think were commendatory. First, baptism's importance was greatly emphasized. The baptismal wasn't just tacked onto a normal worship service, but received its own service in the afternoon (an hour and a half long!) with its own song service and sermon.