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ST MICHAEL & All ANGELS CHURCH

(Church of England)

St Michael's Green, Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2BN

 

 

Baptism Service.

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

A prayer to gather us ready for the service

Heavenly Father,
by the power of your Holy Spirit you give to all your faithful people new life in the water of baptism.
Guide and strengthen us by the same Spirit, that we who are born again may serve you in faith and love, and grow into the full stature of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit now and for ever. 
All  Amen.

A gathering of readings about Baptism.

God is the creator of all things, and by the birth of children he gives to parents a share in the work and joy of creation. But we who are born of earthly parents need to be born again. For in the Gospel Jesus tells us that unless a man has been born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. And so God gives us the way to a second birth, a new creation and life in union with him.


Baptism is the sign and seal of this new birth. In St Matthew's Gospel we read of the risen Christ commanding his followers to make disciples of all nations and to baptise men everywhere; and in the Acts of the Apostles we read of St Peter preaching in these words: 'Repent and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and your children and to all that are afar off, everyone whom the Lord calls to him.'

In obedience to this same command we ourselves were baptised and now bring these children to baptism.

Minister says to all present:
Faith is the Gift of God to all people, so I ask all gathered here, People of God will you welcome n and uphold n in new life in Christ?
All  With the help of God, we will.

The minister  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, and draw them by your example into the community of faith and walk with them into the way of Christ?

All With the help of God, we will.

Duties of parents and godparents:

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

Parents and Godparents bring their sheets and come to stand others sit.
THE DECISION        (Questions to parents and godparents)
In Baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvelous light. To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.

I ask you these questions which you must answer for yourselves and for these children.
Do you turn to Christ?  I turn to Christ.
Do you repent of your sins? I repent of my sins.
Do you renounce evil?  I renounce evil.

SIGNING WITH THE CROSS
the sign of the cross is made using the oil of baptism by minister, parents and godparents

Name    I sign you with sign of the cross   parents and godparents follow.
(Name)
we have signed you with the cross, the sign of Christ.
Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified.
All  Fight valiantly under the banner of Christ against sin, the world, and evil,
and remain faithful to Christ to the end of your life.
+ May Almighty God deliver you from the powers of darkness,
Restore you in the image of his glory, and lead you in the light and obedience of Christ. Amen.

The Water of Baptism. We may go to the font. People may stand and face font.
We bring forward our water and our shell, 

Prayer over the Water
Praise God who made heaven and earth,  All      Who keeps his promise for ever.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.   All      It is right to give thanks and praise.
We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water to sustain, refresh and cleanse all life. Over water the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through water you led the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land. In water your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us from the death of sin to newness of life.

We thank you, Father, for the water of baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, in joyful obedience to your Son, we baptise into his fellowship those who come to him in faith.

Bless this water that, by the power of your Holy Spirit, all your servants washed in it may be cleansed from sin and born again. Renewed in your image, may they walk by the light of faith and continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be all honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

PROFESSION OF FAITH    We stand the president addresses us all

Let us all affirm together our common faith in Jesus Christ

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, Creator of the world?
All    I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ, who redeemed mankind?
All    I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in his Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God?
All   I believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church
All   This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

THE BAPTISM
The priest baptises each child saying
Name,
I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of the Holy Spirit.
All  Amen.

The minister of baptism says

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.

All    Amen.

A LIGHTED CANDLE, is received by Godparent on behalf of Name
(Name) You have received the light of Christ, walk in this light all the days of your life
All Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.

Return to front of church.

THE COMMISSION

let us now pray for grace in guiding these children in the way of faith.

Sit or kneel.

Faithful and loving God,
bless those who care for name, especially... Parents/Godparents
Grant them your gifts of love, wisdom and faith.
Pour upon them your healing and reconciling love, and protect their home(s) from all evil.
Fill them with the light of your presence
and establish them in the joy of your kingdom,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Insert any prayer written or read by family

We pray for ourselves

God of grace and life, in your love you have given us all
a place among your people;
keep us faithful to our own baptism, and prepare us for that glorious day when the whole creation will be made perfect in your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

name
Today God has touched you with his love
and given you a place among his people.
God promises to be with you in joy and in sorrow,
to be your guide in your life.

In baptism God invites you on a life-long journey.
Together with all God's people you must explore the way of Jesus and grow in friendship with God, in love for his people, and in serving others.
With us you will listen to the word of God and receive the gifts of God.

Eucharist and Family service allow for intercessions for the day led by lay person.
At morning worship We say together the lords prayer.

THE WELCOME
The Priest and congregation representing the whole Church welcome the newly baptised
Name  God has received you by baptism into his Church.
We welcome you into the Lord's Family.
We are members together of the body of Christ;
We are children of the same heavenly Father;
We are inheritors together of the kingdom of God.
We welcome you.
Followed by the Peace when we all in the congregation say “Peace be with you” to those around us.