Sacrament of Baptism
Pastor: Dear friends, as we come to this font of living water, let us remember the meaning of baptism.. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, through many are one body, so it is with Christ.
People: For by one spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or free – and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
Pastor: Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
People: Jesus said: let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the realm of God truly, I say unto you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.
Pastor: And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them. The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Inasmuch as the promise of the gospel has been for us it is also for children. baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the mark of their acceptance into the care of Christ’s church, the sign and seal of their participation in God’s everlasting forgiveness, and the beginning of their growth into full Christian faith and fellowship.
People: Out of the water of baptism we rise with new life, forgiven of sin and one in Christ, members of Christ’s body.
Pastor (to parents): Is it your desire that this child be baptized into the Christian faith?
Parents: It is.
Pastor: Do you promise, with God’s help, by your life and teaching to lead these children toward an understanding of the Christian Gospel, and into the service of Christ?
Parents: We do.
Pastor to Congregation: (Those who are able rise) Jesus Christ calls us to make disciples and to offer them the gift of grace in baptism. Do you who are witnesses promise your love, support and care to the ones about to be baptized?
People: We promise our love, support and care. To God be the glory forever and ever.
Pastor: Let us pray: Our father who art in heaven Hallowed be thy name Thy kingdom come Thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespass against us Lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory Forever and ever. Amen.
ALL: Loving God, may it please you to sanctify by your Holy Spirit this child in the name of the Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit. Amen.