10:30 Holy Eucharist

St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church San Francisco, California

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Opening Rites
Aaron Prayer
Vested party, Cantor, Umbrellas, Bell-ringer: gather in the Vestry. Cantor; cues vested party to read Aaron Prayer Vested party greets one another Bell-ringer leaves vestry after prayer and rings tower bell Cantor leaves vestry to lead choir; signals Bellringer to stop

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Greeting Procession
ORDER: [Deacon C] [Deacon B + umbrella] [Deacon A] Presider + umbrella] [others] Vested party goes to the Table, then splits: A and Presider to street side of choir, C and B to font side of choir. Vested party circles the room, greeting EVERYONE warmly, touching them with the left hand, without conversation, finally gathering on the round side of the Table.

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Presider
People

as gong sounds:

Christ is Risen!

He is risen, indeed!

Presider

Welcome to Saint Gregory’s! Please come all the way on to the wood floor… ad lib to welcome in closer, transition to music warm up

Trisagion and music warm-up

Cantor

Let’s sing together! Please open your books to number ____.
Cantor rehearses music, hitting the following points:

! Special welcome to first-timers, as they help create the liturgy ! Explanation of how to use printed music ! Method for singing hymns in harmony, and at tempo
then:

I think we’re ready to move on to the rest of the service!
Presider offers any special welcome or special event here

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BAPTISM: insert after this page appendix B 1-2

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ASSIGNED DEACON: OPPOSITE GENDER OF PRESIDER Most of the children have already gone to Sunday School for their own liturgy. We will be coming together again later in the service, when many of them will help bring the bread and wine to the table. We’ll move into the seating area together. Please go all the way to the far end of the building, leaving the chairs at this end for any latecomers. When we arrive at our seats, we’ll sing _________ so you may want to open your service book now to ________. We’ll enter the seating area singing an Alleluia which will teach us.
Cantor teaches and then leads Alleluia refrain.
(Cantor)

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Procession to the seated area

Deacon C

moves at second Alleluia cycle to lead the procession into the seating area, walking to the LEFT of the crosses. pauses at the lectern to light the candle-lighter’s wick, continues on to light the candles at the Presider’s chair, checks to see where Readers are seated.

Deacon B

follows Deacon C toward the crosses, but then walks to the RIGHT of the crosses and continues to the Presider’s chair; checks to see where Readers are seated. takes cross from Presider until after the Blessing

Deacon A

Candle-lighting volunteer lights candles at lectern from Deacon C’s candle Presider Cantor stands in front of President’s chair, handing cross to Deacon A stands at the opposite end of the platform chanting the Psalm until everyone is in place, then signals the congregation to sing the final Alleluia and moves to his/her seat

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Liturgy of the Word
Incense Hymn
Deacon B gives Gospel Book to Presider

Deacon A

The Blessing and Incense Hymn are found at number ___ in your service book. Number ___.
from platform Cantor gives Presider a pitch. signs the cross over congregation with book

Presider

!Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
hands book back to Deacon B

People:

!And blessed be God’s Kingdom, now and forever. Amen.
Cantor Deacon B Deacon A leads the Incense Hymn. takes Gospel Book from Presider. hands cross to Presider for Erasmus Prayer.

during Incense Hymn: Deacon C Deacon B Deacon A carries Candle to lectern, adds incense to the thurible, then stands to the right of the lectern. carries Gospel book to lectern, places the Book on the stand and opens it to the Sh’ma, then stands to the left (font side) of lectern. remains with Presider.

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Erasmus Prayer
Cantor offers Presider a pitch

Presider
People:

!The Lord be with you!
!And also with you!

Presider

!Let us pray!
O God of love, you are the true sun of the world, Evermore risen and never going down. We pray you to shine in our hearts, that the darkness of sin and the mist of error being driven away, we may this day and all our life long walk without stumbling in the way you have prepared for us, which is Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God in glory everlasting.

All:

!AMEN.
Deacon A takes cross from Presider and replaces it in stand

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Sh’ma

Deacon C/B (whoever doesn’t sing Sh’ma) We’ll sing the Sh’ma found at number _______ in your books. Number _______.
Cantor gives pitch.

ASSIGNED: CONFIDENT SINGING VOICE “Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai...”

!

Congregation follows in English

during the Sh’ma B/C Deacons bring the First Reader to lectern; Deacon B stands on the Reader’s left and Deacon C stands on the Reader’s right.

First Reading

Deacon B

Please take your seats. (pause until people stop rustling) and hear a reading from ______________.
Checks sound levels with Presider/Cantor.

Immediately following the Reading: Cantor Deacon C Deacon B Presider rings pot bells. carries candle back to candle stand thanks Reader and returns to seat, leaving Gospel Book in the stand. observes

TWO minutes of silence, then rings handbells.

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Canticle

Deacon A

We’ll sing the Canticle [or “Hymn”] found at number ______ in your books [or “colored insert”], _____________________ (name of hymn). Please stand and sing number ______.
(standing)

You’ll find the Gospel responses at the bottom of the page [or
“facing page”] Midway through the Canticle: Deacon B and Deacon C bring Gospel Reader to lectern; Deacon B stands on the Reader’s left and Deacon C stands on the Reader’s right. Preacher if different from Presider, switch places now.

Gospel Reading

Deacon C

signs cross on Book, then crosses forehead, lips and heart

!The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to
______________.
!Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Reader reads or sings the Gospel

People

after the reading: [all Deacons move immediately]

Deacon C

walks toward the chair singing,

!The Gospel of the Lord!
Praise to you, Lord Christ!
Deacon C Deacon B carries candle to stand carries book close behind candle to Preacher.

People:

People sit; Cantor rings pot-bells Presider observes TWO minutes of silence, then rings handbells.

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Sermon
Preacher offers sermon of TWELVE to FIFTEEN minutes, beginning with (but not limited to) any of the following: a. a verse or phrase from the readings b. a non-biblical reading c. a story design to produce a laugh or set up the sermon always including: preacher’s interpretation/commentary on one or more of the readings a narrative from the preacher’s own experience Preacher cues Cantor to ring pot-bells at end of sermon; observes TWO minutes silence; rings hand-bells

Preacher

We complete the sermon together. If an experience of your own came to mind, please share it now while we listen for God speaking to us in the silence.
after Congregation shares:

Thank you, thank you all. Let’s sing some Alleluias!

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Gospel Procession

Deacon A

steps immediately onto platform,

The Alleluia is found at number ___ in your book. As we sing, we’ll carry the Gospel Book around for you to greet with a touch, a kiss, or a bow. If you can’t reach the Book, please put your hand on the shoulder of someone who can. Reach forward eagerly, because the book will be moving fast, just like the gospel throughout the world! Please stand and sing number ___.
Deacon B Preacher helps Umbrella carriers stands and holds book for vested party to kiss.

PROCESSION ORDER: Deacon C Preacher carrying Candle carrying Book (NOTE: if a Guest Preacher is present, Deacon B carries the Book, to keep the procession moving at the usual pace) shadowing Preacher/Book

Umbrella

Vested party mixed among other umbrellas. The procession moves briskly through the congregation. Vested party members smile, make eye contact, touch people while singing and moving, without making conversation. Cantor leads the singing from the platform, always facing the Book. As the procession reaches the Shrine, Preacher Deacon A places the Book on the Shrine. rings the tower bell until the vested party have returned to their seats, then rings the Sunday School buzzer (by east exit) before sitting down.

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Deacon B

assists Umbrella carriers to cross platform and collapse / store umbrellas, then remains standing for announcements as Alleluias end.

Announcements

Announcer stands up as soon as the bell stops ringing and uses the bullet points on the announcement sheet to list events and opportunities in the parish. NOTE: THE DEACON DOES NOT INTRODUCE THE ANNOUNCER.

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NEW MEMBERS: Insert immediately after this page appendix M-1,2.

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The Prayers
BAPTISMS: replace the following Prayers with appendix pages B 3-6

Deacon B

steps immediately onto solea, with maniple

We'll sing the Lord's Prayer found on page _____in your book. Call out your prayers when we stop singing, and if more than one person prays at the same time look up here for help. Keep your place in the book because we’ll finish singing together. Please stand and sing number _______.
Cantor leads congregation in singing Lord’s Prayer through “and deliver us from evil”

Thurible Lighter goes to kitchen to light two charcoals for the thurible (see separate instructions in Setup Manual)

Deacon B

For peace in the whole world, for peace in ___________ and for which other countries shall we pray? [pause] and for peace everywhere, let us pray to the Lord.
People add their own prayers

Deacon C

For Marc, our Bishop, Katherine our presiding Bishop, Rowan, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Guang-Shun, Peter, Thomas, Louis, Paul and David, bishops of China, Let us pray to the Lord.
Deacon B Deacon A extends maniple toward those who pray aloud. make sure that prayers include: the church / the nation and her leaders / the world’s welfare /local concerns / the sick, suffering and imprisoned. Deacons offer prayers for those that are missed.
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Deacon A and C insert prayers for the day (see front script insert) Presider decides when to conclude open prayer by saying,

Presider

For peace for the dead, and comfort for mourners, let us pray to the Lord. For those we have wronged, for our enemies and all who wrong us, let us pray to the Lord. For forgiveness, generosity and love among all people everywhere, and for the coming kingdom of peace, Let us pray to the Lord. In fellowship with Gregory of Nyssa, with _________, with Mary, Jesus’ mother, and with all God’s holy people in every time and place, let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our lives through Christ to God.
Cantor Presider ALL offers a pitch. sings Collect of the Day from red book [NOTE: end with “through Jesus Christ our Lord.”] sing Doxology.

Deacon B

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Tripudium
Deacon A Presider Cantor starts speech immediately (see below). (with cross) demonstrates step, then goes to head of the LEFT-most line. demonstrates step, then remains on platform to lead step, then joins the end of a line on LEFT. go to kitchen to help children with gifts

Deacon B and C Deacon A Thurifer

demonstrates step, then leads a line on LEFT goes to kitchen door to lead gifts in procession

Deacon A

steps onto platform

We will go up to the Table in step, singing (name of hymn), found on your colored sheet. The step is very simple; if you’ll look at all of us up here, we will show you how it goes. Starting on your right foot, go right, left, right, back;
(demonstrate)

right, left, right, back; right left, right, back. Please place your hand on the shoulder of the person in front of you. ___________(Cantor), will tell us when to step off. Cantor When we get to the word ”______________,” please step off on your right foot and start the right, left, right, back pattern.
Cantor leads the Tripudium, cues people to move at the right time, calls for additional stanzas if needed to get everyone circling the Table.

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Transfer of the Gifts

Deacon B and C Form children into a double file and starts the line moving as soon as the music starts, keeping it in step with the rest of the congregation. during the Tripudium: Thurifer and Children move off at once Congregation begins moving on Cantor’s cue Deacon B and C receive gifts from the children and place them on the table, (wine on left side, bread on right); fill first chalice 1/4 full of wine.

The Peace

Presider
People

Christ is here and making peace right now! The Peace of the Lord be with you all!
And also with you!
All exchange peace. Thurible-lighter returns the thurible to the kitchen.

Eucharist
Deacon A stands at Presider’s RIGHT, makes sure Presider has cross, Missal, correct page, etc. Note: keep a hand on the script and keep the liturgy moving. Deacon B Deacon C stands at Presider’s LEFT; manages the Missal and points Eucharistic prayer for Presider stands out in FRONT of Table and helps where needed

Deacon B and C remove palls from chalices and patens, fold and place on table.

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Cantor

shaking sistrum

Please make room for the choir over here, and open your books to number ____. All Vested
gesturing to the People

!Draw Near! Draw near! !

ASSIGNED DEACON: CONFIDENT SINGING VOICE Parents, take your children in hand! Let us love one another that we may offer the Holy Sacrifice in Peace!
People

!A blessing of peace, a sacrifice of praise!

Eucharistic Prayer
Presider sings the prayer from the Eucharistic Prayer Book

Fraction
Deacon A Deacon B breaks bread, moves Eucharistic Prayer book to welcome table.

Deacon C(&B) fills chalices and passes four chalices to other side of Table. All Vested lift patens and chalices high and turn in a circle as the Presider sings

Presider
People

!Holy gifts for holy people.
! “One is holy…”

Communion

Deacon A

Jesus welcomes everyone to his table by name, and so we offer the bread and wine, which are Christ’s body and blood to everyone, without exception. the Body of Christ. (Amen) The Blood of Christ. (Amen)
(Presider’s name), Presider offers bread and cup first to Cantor and Deacon A, then others at the Table

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Deacons and recruits: distribute communion according to plan below; communicate choir as soon as music is finished

Deacons Deacon B

return all patens and chalices to table and cover with palls; brings Missal or Script to the Table and marks proper page for Presider

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Post-communion
Baruch Prophecy

Presider

Arise Jerusalem and stand on high, and look about toward the east and behold your children, gathered together from the rising to the setting sun at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that God has remembered them. For they went out from you on foot led away by their enemies, but the Lord will bring them back to you riding high in honor as children of the kingdom. Blessed ! be the name of the Lord, henceforth and for ever more.
Amen.

People

Collection

Deacon A

Now seeing how greatly God loves us, let us share freely in the good things we have received so the whole world may know God’s love. Put your gifts of money for the work of the church in the baskets as they come around, and bring gifts for the poor to the altar.

Deacon B

If this is your first time at St Gregory’s, we invite you to be St. Gregory’s guest as well as Jesus’. Save your offering today, and spend the week noticing all the ways God blesses you. Then come back and give generously, so the whole church can give thanks.
Cantor announces and leads offertory music
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Offering Collectors gather offering and place on Table

Deacons

help bring offering boxes from Community Outreach table and place on Table. Collect books, ask for help from other regulars.

BAPTISMS: insert immediately after this page appendix B 7-10

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Polychronia

Deacon C

Is anyone celebrating a birthday or anniversary? (become a new member, just been baptized, etc.), today or in the coming week? Please come to the Table so we can sing to you.
Deacon C Deacon A Deacon B helps gather people around Table for Polychronia, : feed back NAMES to Presider or Cantor bring drum and stick to Presider IF also the Carol teacher (e.g., Rick) during Polychronia

Cantor

The words are very simple: “God grant them many years…” which we’ll repeat three times:

Presider

!To ______________, _____________ , ____________
“God Grant Them Many Years”
Presider blesses each person

may the Lord grant long life peace and protection and many years!

People

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Carol

Deacon B

The Feasting continues! Coffee and refreshments will appear on the Table here and over there. (points) and Healing Prayer takes place at the far end of the building.(points) Please sign the guest book here…
[hold up the guest book for people to see, then place it right on the altar, where it should stay throughout coffee hour]

—And now ____________ will teach us the carol found on our ____-colored sheet. Teacher: Carols are sung dances, and we’ll make it easy for you to dance the carol by surrounding you with people who’ve done it before. Mix yourselves up until you’ve got somebody on either side of you who has done it before. Now place your right hand on the shoulder of the person to your right, and start walking to the right until we can all move…. Teacher teaches step until familiar.
Cantor offers pitch, then leads the Carol. When the Carol is finished: (LOOK TO SANFORD FOR CUE:)

All Vested LET US BLESS THE LORD!
People Thanks be to God!

END.

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Clean up (all hands)
Hospitality
! greet newcomers for 10 minutes, especially those with black badges

Candles
! blow out all candles

Scripts
! return scripts to vestry ! note any issues in corrections book (or deacons listserve)

Seating area
! collect maniples and re-hang in vestry (right hand closet) ! straighten chairs, crosses ! set up for 7:30???

Vestry
! rehang all vestments ! clean up clutter; straighten room ! record attendance in book (who’s counting this?)

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New Members
Immediately after announcements:

Deacon A

We’re welcoming new members today! New members and their sponsors: come up on the solea.
stepping up on solea:

We’ll sing number 106 in your books, “Come sing and dance to Jesus’ lead,” number 106.
Congregation sings, while new members, sponsors, and deacons come up to solea, facing altar

Deacon A

Hold your applause until after the prayer. Sponsor(s), briefly introduce the person you’re sponsoring. [if more than one new
member, say: starting with _______(name of a sponsor)]

Sponsors

introduce new members

Deacon A

Reach forward now and place your hand on the shoulder of the new member, or on someone in front of you.
Presider prays:

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Presider
All

!The Lord be with you
And also with you

Presider

!Let us pray.
O God, Your son Jesus befriended everyone who received him, and shared with them all he had learned from you. Pour out the spirit of your friendship on the church of your beloved Gregory, who knew this was the one thing truly worthwhile; that together we may create your friendship in the world you love, until men and women everywhere come out of their hiding places to join you walking in the garden in the cool of the day. We ask it in Jesus’ name.

All

Amen!
ALL Deacon B Applause and hugs all around. announces Lord’s Prayer as usual.

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Baptism
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Presentation and examination of candidates for baptism
Deacon A Sponsors, present your candidate(s) for baptism.

Sponsors:

I present ______________ for baptism.
(speaking together)

Presider
Candidate:

Do you desire to be baptised?
I do.

Presider

Will you see that this child is brought up as a friend of God, sharing the faith and life of Christ?

Sponsors, Parents and Godparents: We will.
to all sponsors, parents, and godparents:

Presider

Will you support the people you present with your prayers and example as they grow into Christ?

Sponsors, Parents and Godparents We will.

Presider

Presider
Candidate

Those who are baptized are called to worship and serve God. From the beginning, believers have continued in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in the prayers. Will you commit yourself to this life?
I will, with God's help.

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Presider
Candidate

Will you forgive others as you are forgiven?
I will, with God's help.

Presider
Candidate

Will you seek to love your neighbor as yourself, and strive for peace and justice?
I will, with God's help.

Presider
Candidate

Will you accept the cost of following Jesus Christ in your daily life and work?
I will, with God's help.

Presider

With the whole Church, will you proclaim by word and action the Good News of God in Christ?
I will, with God's help.

Candidate

To the whole congregation:

Presider
People

Will you join these sponsors promising your support?
We will.

Presider
People

Our help is in the name of the eternal God
who is making the heavens and the earth.

Presider
People

Come Holy Spirit!
Bearing your gifts of Grace.

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The Prayers at a Baptism

Deacon B

steps immediately onto solea, with maniple

We'll sing the Lord's Prayer found on page 3 in your baptism booklet. When we come to the center of the prayer, please add your own prayers and thanksgivings. We'll pray in turn so listen to each other and look to me for help if more than one person prays at the same time. Keep your place in the book so that we may finish singing together. Please stand and sing page 3.
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Deacon B

For all God’s friends, that we may shine with truth and love so that people everywhere may know God and be drawn to friendship with God, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

All

Deacon A

For ________________, whom we baptise this day, that they may continually grow in love and friendship with God, growing brighter and brighter as they turn into the image that they reflect, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

All

Deacon C

For Marc, our Bishop, Katherine, our presiding Bishop, for Rowan, Archbishop of Canterbury, and for our Diocesan companion, the Church in China, Guangxun (Guang Shun), Peter, Thomas, Louis, and Rongxin (Rong Sin), the Bishops of China, Let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

All

Deacon B

For peace in the whole world, for peace in _____________, and for peace everywhere, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Here the congregation adds their own prayers

All

Member All Member All

For ______________, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. In thanksgiving for ________________, let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God!

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Presider

For salvation and peace for all who have died, and comfort for those who mourn them, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

All

Deacon B

That God will raise us with Christ out of the death of sin, and fill our whole lives with the joy of the resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

All

Deacon B

That Christ will bring us to share in his wedding feast, where with Mary, his mother, with Gregory of Nyssa, and all his saints, we may enjoy his love without end, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

All

Presider

God of mercy and love, new birth by water and the spirit is a gift, a gift none can take away; grant that your servant(s) may grow into the fullness of Christ. Fill them with the joy of your presence. Increase in them the fruit of your Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of love, patience and gentleness, the spirit of wonder and true holiness.

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B 7-10 immediately before the Post-Communion prayer

Procession to Font
Deacons Deacon B Deacon A return all patens and chalices to table and cover with palls; gives Presider final prayer from Missal. collect Baptizands and sponsors and godparents. during Choir’s communion Deacons (TALL Deacons!) --take light from the oil lamps OR the menorah, and begin to pass the flame to the congregation. During Choir's communion Volunteers distribute hand candles from baskets, and leave empty baskets on altar table (they will need them later to collect candles after the baptism).

Cantor

We will sing together the refrain "As Many as have been Baptized", page 6 in the Baptism booklet. Please take a candle from the basket, make sure it's lit.
Cantor begins singing "As Many as Have been Baptized"

Deacon A

(loud voice) Follow

us out to the rock!

Deacons, Candidates, Presiders, and Sponsors lead congregation to the Font

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Thanksgiving over water
Deacon A holds cross, Deacon C holds baptism kit, Deacon B hold book for Presider to sing from, Assisting Clergy gather around the font. gives tone and starts drone

Cantor

Presider
People

!The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Presider
People

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Presider

We thank you, God, for your love in all creation, especially for your gift of water to sustain, refresh and cleanse all life. We thank you for your covenant with your people Israel; through the Red Sea waters you led them to freedom in the promised land. In the waters of the Jordan, your Son Jesus was baptised by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit. Through the deep waters of death, Jesus fulfilled his baptism. He died to set us free and was raised to be exalted Lord of all. Now Christ baptises with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
AMEN! Come Holy Spirit.

People

Presider

We thank you that through the waters of baptism you cleanse us, renew us by your Spirit and raise us to new life. By your promise, we are made members of your Church and share in your eternal kingdom. Through your Holy Spirit, fulfill once more your promises in this water of rebirth, set apart in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!
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The Baptism

Presider
People

__________, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN! __________, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ's own forever. AMEN! Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servant(s) the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.
AMEN!
Presider lights the Baptism candle

Presider
People

Presider

People

Presider
All

Let us welcome the newly baptised.
We welcome you into this community of God's friends. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim Christ's resurrection, and share with us in Christ's eternal priesthood.

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Celebration of the baptismal creed

Presider

!Let us rejoice with those
who have committed themselves to Christ and celebrate the faith of our baptism.
You, O God, are supreme and holy. You create our world and give us life. Your purpose overarches everything we do. You have always been with us. You are God. You, O God, are infinitely generous, good beyond measure. You came to us before we came to you. You have revealed and proved your love for us in Jesus Christ, who lived and died and rose again. You are with us now. You are God. You, O God, are Holy Spirit. You empower us to be your gospel in the world. You reconcile and heal; you overcome death. You are God. We worship you.

All

Deacon A

We'll return to the church singing As Many, page 8 in the Baptism booklet. Please keep moving counter-clockwise around the table until everyone has gathered.
Presider, Baptized, Sponsors lead Congregation back to Altar-Table Cantor resumes "As Many as Have Been Baptized" Volunteers take baskets from altar table, and wait for prompt to collect candles.

Deacon A at the Collection announcement to follow, add “and place your candles in the baskets”

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rev. 7/12/07