ORDER OF SERVICE FOR THE BAPTISM OF CHILDREN

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The following information is that generally used in the baptism or dedication of infants. there is a different order of baptism for adults. For a copy of Baptism for Adults ( left click here)

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WELCOME

As family and friends, we gather to celebrate one of the most important experiences in the life of an individual. We celebrate the presence of God and God's grace in the ordinance of Baptism.

Writing in Ephesians, chapter four, The Apostle Paul proclaims: "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all." (1)

INVITATION

The Gospel of Luke records that, "People were bringing even infants to (Jesus) that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.'" (2)

ADDRESS

Baptism is a visible sign of an invisible event; the symbol of the reconciliation of a person with God. Once we were strangers, (3) now we are friends. (4) Once we were aliens, (5) now we are members of the greatest family on earth and in heaven. (6) Once we were lost, now we are found. (7) There is great rejoicing in heaven and on earth. (8)

Baptism is the means by which we publicly declare our union with Jesus Christ. Baptism is a demonstration of the love and work of the Holy Spirit. For it is the Holy Spirit, who in love, invites us to accept the call of God.

Through baptism, we enter into covenant relationship with God. We express our willingness to believe what God reveals to us, to accept what God offers us, and to do what God asks of us. God, in this covenant relationship, makes it possible for us to receive forgiveness for sin, spiritual growth and immortality. In this relationship we discover a life of contentment and joy.

(Name) does not know what we are doing here on his/her behalf. It will be up to us, parents, family, and the Christian Community to teach him what this moment in this day means. For we hope that when she/he reaches the age of responsibility, he/she will come to confirm this baptism for him/herself.

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QUESTIONS OF PARENTS

PARENTS:

Do you desire to have (Name) baptized into the faith and the family of Jesus Christ?

RESPONSE: I do.

QUESTIONS OF PARENTS AND SPONSORS

SPONSORS:

Will you encourage (Name) to renounce the powers of evil and to receive the freedom of the new life in Jesus Christ?

RESPONSE: I will.

Will you teach her/him so that she/he may be led to profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

RESPONSE: I will.

Will you promise by the grace of God, to follow the way of our Savior, to resist oppression and evil, and to demonstrate the virtues of love and justice, and to witness to (Name) as you are able, to the work and word of Jesus Christ?

RESPONSE: I will.

Will you promise, according to the grace that you have received, to grow with (Name) in the Christian faith, to help him/her be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ?

RESPONSE: I will.

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RESPONSE OF MEMBERS OF THE
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

Do you as family, friends, and members of the Christian Community pledge to (Name) your loving support? As you are given opportunity, will you do what you can, by word and deed, to strengthen (Name), her/his parents and sponsors, in this covenant decision?

RESPONSE: We do so pledge.

ACT OF BAPTISM

By what name shall this child be called:

(Name)

You are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION

AND BENEDICTION

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Let us keep on doing the things that we have learned and received and heard and seen in God, and the God of peace will be with us. Amen. (9)

1. Ephesians 4:4-6, NRSV, (All Scripture references are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.)

2. Luke 18:15-17

3. Ephesians 2:19

4. John 15:15

5. Ephesians 2:19

6. Romans 8:15-23

7. Luke 15:24

8. Luke 15:32

9. Philippians 4:8, 9

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