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The Rev. Dr. J. Oliver Evans, Pastor-Teacher
Service of Holy Baptism
Call to Worship The Rev. Johnnie Mae Willis Presider ³Holy, Holy, Holy´ Sis. Regina Gibbs The Rev. Johnnie Mae Willis
Opening Hymn Prayer of Invocation Responsive Reading Offering Offertory Selection Scripture Reading Sermon Selection: ³Perfect Praise´ Sermon Call to Christian Discipleship Music Interlude: ³Call Him Up´ Holy Baptism1 Scripture Reading Introduction of the Candidate
Voices of Triumph Praise Chorale Deacon Donnell James Jones Voices of Triumph Praise Chorale The Re v. Dr. J. Oliver Evans
Voices of Triumph Praise Chorale
The Rev. Brian J. Thompson Questions to the Candidate The Rev. Dr. J. Oliver Evans Laying on of Hands with Chrism Baptism Closing Hymn Benediction
³Down at the Cross´
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Liturgy of Holy Baptism
Scripture Reading And Jesus came and said to them, µAll 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.¶ Matthew 28:18-20
Introduction of the Candidate My brothers and sisters, in obedience to Christ and in joyful thanks for God¶s redeeming love, we gather this morning to baptize one whom the Spirit has led to repentance and faith. I present to you Brian Carson Davis.
Questions to the Candidate Celebrant: Do you believe God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth? Candidate: I do. Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? Candidate: I do. Celebrant: He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He 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, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. Do you believe this? Candidate: I do. Celebrant: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds eternally from the Father [and the Son], and who, with the Father and the Son, is worshipped and glorified? Candidate: I do. Celebrant: Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God? Candidate: I renounce them. Celebrant: Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God? Candidate: I renounce them. Celebrant: Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?
Candidate: I renounce them. Celebrant: Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior? Candidate: I do. Celebrant: Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love? Candidate: I do. Celebrant: Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord? Candidate: I do. Celebrant turns to the Congregation and says, Celebrant: Does anything hinder this precious soul from being baptized? Congregation: No.
Laying on of Hands and Chrism At this time the Celebrant, ministers, deacons, and baptized family members gather around Candidate to pray. The Celebrant anoints the Candidate with the Oil of Chrism. The Celebrant leads the Celebrant into the Baptistery while the congregation sings the hymn, ³Take Me to the Water´
Baptism Celebrant says, My brother, upon the profession of your faith, in obedience to the divine command of our Savior, I baptize you, Brian Carson Davis, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Celebrant baptizes Candidate.
Teaching Document Baptism Baptism is the one of the two ordinances of the Church. It is the act of reception into membership of this local assembly and the larger universal Church. This act was instituted by Jesus Christ. Baptism is the celebration of what God has done for us in sending his Son our Lord and Savior to redeem us from sin and death. Baptism is a solemn act, for we turn from our sin and the forces of evil and turn to Jesus and confess him as Lord and Savior. It is also a celebratory act, for it is sign of thanksgiving and praise to the grace and mercy of God. It is an act of proclamation, for by so doing we testify to the saving good news of Jesus Christ. It is a renewing act, for so doing we are immersed in the Spirit unto life everlasting. We follow Jesus through the power of the Spirit of God. We are also incorporated into the body of believers which extends throughout all ages. During the liturgy of Holy Baptism, the Candidate will stand before the congregation and present his or herself as one who is eligible for Christian Baptism. In some traditions, the Candidate is encouraged to present their personal testimony of how God worked in his or her life to bring his or her to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and confession. However, in this liturgy this time is explicitly de-emphasized for the brevity of time. However, baptism itself is a public testimony to the goodness of God in the life of the Candidate. One could argue it is the central testimony in the life of the Candidate. The questions to the Candidate also are integral to the testimony of the new believer. Questions to the Candidate In the liturgy of the Holy Baptism, the Celebrant will ask the Candidate a series of questions which pertain to the period of Catechism, which is the series of classes where the Candidate is trained in the knowledge of the Christian faith for their edification. Central questions include the central doctrines of the Christian faith, the personal renunciation of demonic forces and the personal obedience to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Laying on of Hands and Chrism The laying on of hands is as old of a practice as the Church itself. The laying on of hands is the act in which the gathered faithful welcome the new member into the family of God, bless the new member, and commission him or her to go out and continue the mission of Christian
discipleship. In the First Epistle to Timothy, the apostle recalled to Timothy the time when he laid hands on the young pastor to stir up the gift that was within in. In the Second Epistle to Timothy the elders of the church gather around Timothy, the disciple of the apostle Paul, to lay hands on those who are not well. Moreover, chrism or the anointing of oil is the act which the celebrant anoints the Candidate with fragrant oil to signify the seal of the Holy Spirit as the promise of the Father into the heart of the believer into the gathered Church. The Celebrant will pour oil upon his hands and make a sign of the cross upon the forehead of the Candidate and bless them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Traditionally, this practice was done after the Candidate is baptized, but do to time constraints we will do this before the Candidate enters the baptistery.
³Buried with Christ´ Text: Romans 6: 3-5 Thesis: Baptism signifies our mysterious burial with our Lord Christ so that we may be raised with him fully by the power of the Spirit. 1. Paul asks ³Shall we sin, so that grace may increase or abound.´ His answer is, ³No!´ a. Because Christ has died and rose again, Christ has overcome sin and death. b. We are buried, baptized into his death ± meaning since Christ died, we die in him so that we may live as he lives. 2. Our baptism signifies the mystery of Christ¶s death, burial, and resurrection. a. Sin no long reigns over us. b. We can put to death those deeds in our carnal nature which desires to overtake us. c. God has given us the Spirit to guide us into the newness Christ won for us.
3. When we baptize our brother, we say ³No´ to sin and ³Yes´ to God. a. We are dead to sin. This does not that sin doesn¶t exist, but that we no longer live for it. b. We are now living the life which Christ gives us when we confess him as Lord and Savior.
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