A rite of Thanksgiving for Baptism for use at the beginning of worship.
THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
The ministers gather at the font. The presiding minister scoops water from the font and makes the sign of the cross.
In the name of the Father,
and of the + Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
People of God, in the baptismal waters
you traveled with Christ from death to life.
Your past, your sin, your failure, your doubt,
are drowned and gone here.
Your fear, your confusion, your self-righteousness, your despair,
are washed away by grace.
Your pride, your hypocrisy, and other people’s opinions of you
no longer define you.
The Spirit lives and moves through you now,
a great and joyful mystery,
so you may bring love and mercy into the world
as the body of Christ.
Rejoice that God has claimed you
in this baptismal grace,
my fellow brothers and sisters in Jesus,
not by your own doing or believing
but by God’s mercy alone.
As we begin worship
we give thanks to God for the gracious gift of baptism
that joins us together in Christ by the Spirit’s power.
And all God’s people said: Amen!
Water is taken from the font and the assembly is sprinkled with water during a hymn.
Water, water everywhere, even some to drink.
Water, water everywhere, in every tub and sink.
Water for all life on earth,
Water as witness to every new birth.
Water, longed for in deserts so bare.
Water, a gift so precious to share.
Water in bottles, in cups, in glasses,
Water washes our hands and our lashes.
Water carries God’s promise forever,
That nothing can us, from God’s love, sever.
Water, in baptism, carries the hope.
Water, in baptism, gets us cleaner than soap.
Water- tears, rain, ocean, river, or puddle,
Water makes us a family with whom no one can muddle.
Water, for this gift, O God, we have much gratitude.
Water, wash us again, bring us into right attitude.
Submitted by Rev. Julia Seymour, Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage, AK.
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
If you are looking for baptism either for yourself or a child there are three important questions from the service to ask yourself.
- Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?
- Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
- Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
The priest will ask you (or the parents and godparents on behalf of a child) to make these and other important declarations. They will pour water on the head of the person to be baptised. Water is a sign of washing and cleansing. In baptism it is a sign of being washed free from sin and beginning a new life with God.
Baptisms normally take place during the main Sunday service on the first Sunday of the month. This is so that the person being baptised – adult, child or baby – can be seen to be joining the family of the Church and be welcomed into membership.
For more information, please check out churchofenglandchristenings.org
If you are baptised and would like to consider confirmation, please contact the Rector.
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which taking part in the life of God’s people begun at baptism is confirmed by the bishop by the laying on of hands. At Confirmation, those who have been baptised affirm for themselves the faith into which they have been baptised and their intention to live a life of responsible and committed discipleship. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop, the Church also asks God to give them power through the Holy Spirit to enable them to live in this way.
For more information, please check out churchofengland.org/our-faith/confirmation
Everyone wants to give their children the best start in life, and bringing children up in a church family means you and your children are part of a supportive community as they grow up and begin to ask the big questions.
The baptism of children is also called ‘christening’ because at baptism the parents and godparents make promises about their own faith in Jesus Christ, and their commitment to bring up their child to know Jesus for themselves. For those who want to thank God for the birth of their child, but don’t feel able to make the baptism promises, churches also offer a service of dedication and thanksgiving.
Different churches will hold baptism or dedication services in different ways. Some will be part of an all-age service, others as part of their adult Sunday worship. It is also sometimes possible for baptisms and dedications to take place outside the regular services. Before a baptism, the church minister or families worker will usually arrange to visit you and your children in your home to find out about you, and to explain what will happen at the service. They will also explain the promises you are going to be making and give you the chance to ask any questions you might have.
Most churches will also have Sunday or midweek groups and events where parents with very young children can meet together. Many also have groups for older children, where learning more about God is fun, safe and relevant.
To find out more about groups for parents and children at your local church, please contact the priest or the parish administrator. They will also be able to arrange a visit to talk about booking a baptism or thanksgiving.