Saturday, November 01, 2014
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Baptism Service

GREETING

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all
and also with you.

Words of welcome and introduction are said.

COLLECT

The president says the prayer of the day, the Collect

READINGS

Up to three readings may follow.

At the end of each reading

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

When the gospel is announced

Glory to you, O Lord.

At the end

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON

PRESENTATION OF THE CANDIDATES

The candidates are presented to the congregation.

The president addresses the whole congregation

Faith is the gift of God to his people. In baptism the Lord is adding to our number those whom he is calling. People of God, will you welcome these children and uphold them in their new life in Christ?
With the help of God, we will.

The president then says to the parents and godparents

Parents and godparents, the Church receives these children with joy. Today we are trusting God for their growth in faith. Will you pray for them, draw them by your example into the community of faith and walk with them in the way of Christ? With the help of God, we will.

In baptism these children begin their journey in faith. You speak for them to take their place within the life and worship of Christ's Church?
With the help of God, we will.

DECISION

The president addresses the candidates through their parents and godparents.

In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.
Therefore I ask:

Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?
I reject them.

Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
I renounce them.

Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
I repent of them.

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I turn to Christ.

Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
I submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
I come to Christ.

SIGNING WITH THE CROSS

The president makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of each candidate, saying

Christ claims you for his own.
Receive the sign of his cross.

The president may invite others to sign the candidates with the cross.

Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified.
Fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ against sin, the world and the devil, and remain faithful to Christ to the end of your life.

May almighty God deliver you form the powers of darkness, restore in you the image of his glory, and lead you in the light and obedience of Christ.
Amen.

PRAYER OVER THE WATER

The ministers and candidates gather at the baptismal font.

Praise God who made heaven and earth,
who keeps his promise for ever.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

The Prayer over the Water follows, ending with Amen.

PROFESSION OF FAITH

The president addresses the congregation

Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess together with these children the faith of the Church.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
I believe in God, the father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting Amen.

BAPTISM

The president or another minister dips each candidate in water, or pours water on them, saying

N. I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

May God, who has received you by baptism into his Church, pour upon you the riches of his grace, that within the company of Christ's pilgrim people you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit, and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory. Amen.

COMMISSION

The president addresses the parents and godparenes and prays for them.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

These are said either here or after the Welcome and Peace.

WELCOME AND PEACE

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism: N and N, by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body.
We welcome you into the fellowship of faith; we are children of the same heavenly Father; we welcome you.

We are all one in Christ Jesus.
We belong to him through faith,
heirs of the promise of the Spirit of peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

LORD'S PRAYER

As your children, born again in Christ, we say:
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.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Sending Out

BLESSING

GIVING OF A LIGHTED CANDLE

The president or another person may give each of the newly baptized a lighted candle.

God has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and has given us a place with the saints in light.

You have received the light of Christ; walk in his. light all the days of your life.
Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.

DISMISSAL

Go in the light and peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God

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