ORDER OF SERVICE FOR BAPTISM OF ADULTS

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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. There is one hope, one faith, one baptism, one God and Creator of us all.

INVITATION

And Jesus came and said..."All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Peter said..."Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him," (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-39 NRSVA).

ADDRESS

Dear Friends: This Ordinance of Baptism declares the never ceasing love and goodwill of God for all humankind. It demonstrates the infinite worth of each individual in the sight of the heavenly Father.

Baptism is an outward symbol of sincere repentance from sin and of glad faith in Jesus Christ, by which we are united to him in spiritual fellowship.

QUESTION OF THE CANDIDATE

In presenting yourself for baptism do you profess your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior; and do you promise, depending on him as your source for spiritual strength, to serve him all the days of your life?

RESPONSE: I do.

RESPONSE OF MEMBERS OF THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY

Do you as members of the Christian Community and the family of (name) pledge to her/him your loving support. Will you do all that you can to strengthen her/him in her covenant decision? Will you encourage her/him spiritual development in word and in deed?

RESPONSE: We do so pledge.

ACT OF BAPTISM

(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 (Philippians 4:8, 9).

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