THE SERVICES OF THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT IN THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

AS REVISED TO ALIGN WITH THE 2008 BOOK OF DISCIPLINE AND BOOK OF RESOLUTIONS
Copyright © 2009 The United Methodist Publishing House Nashville, Tennessee Published by The General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church

THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT I
HOLY BAPTISM CONFIRMATION REAFFIRMATION OF FAITH RECEPTION INTO THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH RECEPTION INTO A LOCAL CONGREGATION
To make it easier to determine which parts of the service to use on any given occasion, this service is divided into the following sections: 1) Introduction to Baptism 2) Introduction to Confirmation and Reaffirmation 3) Presentation of Candidates 4) Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith 5) Parents' and Sponsors' Vow to Nurture the Child 6) Vows by Candidates Able to Speak for Themselves 7) Vows by Sponsors of Candidates 8) Congregation's Vows 9) The Apostles' Creed 10) Thanksgiving over the Water 11) Baptism with Laying on of Hands 12) Confirmation or Reaffirmation of Faith 13) Congregational Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant 14) Reception into The United Methodist Church 15) Reception into the Local Congregation 16) Commendation and Welcome Sections 14, 15 and 16 include the new language adopted by the 2008 General Conference. At every occasion of baptism or first public profession of faith (confirmation), sponsors should be present and the congregation should reaffirm the baptismal covenant. If there are no confirmations or reaffirmations of faith or receptions by transfer, and if the only persons being baptized are (1) children who cannot take their own vows or (2) youth or adults who have not reached the developmental stage of making such commitments themselves, Baptismal Covenant II should be used. If there are only confirmations or public professions of faith and no baptisms, section 11 is omitted.

confirmed. we renew the covenant declared at our baptism. If persons are being received into baptized but not professing membership in a local congregation. I present Name(s) to reaffirm their faith. . INTRODUCTION TO THE SERVICE As persons come forward. If the whole congregation is reaffirming the Baptismal Covenant. and through the reaffirmation of our faith. the pastor continues: Through confirmation. and there are no individuals to be baptized. and only sections 15–16 are used for those transferring their baptized membership from another United Methodist congregation. sections 5. PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES 3 A representative of the congregation presents the candidates with the appropriate statements: I present Name(s) for baptism. I present (Name(s) who come(s) seeking baptized membership from the ________ Church. If persons are being received from another denomination into professing membership in a local congregation. Sections 10 and 12 may also be omitted. an appropriate baptismal or confirmation hymn may be sung. 1 A deacon or pastor addresses the congregation: Brothers and sisters in Christ: Through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ's holy Church.Each candidate receives either Baptism with Laying on of Hands (section 11) or Confirmation (section 12). If persons are transferring their professing membership from another United Methodist congregation. Baptismal Covenant IV should be used. All this is God's gift. and affirm our commitment to Christ's holy Church. 11 and 14 are omitted. only sections 5 and 11 are omitted. Section 7 is used when there are sponsors. or received into membership. I present Name(s) for confirmation. but not both. 2 If there are confirmations or reaffirmations. only sections 14–16 are used for those coming from another denomination. offered to us without price. acknowledge what God is doing for us. We are incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit.

and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? I do. and races? I do. in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages. I ask you: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness. put your whole trust in his grace. At this or some later point in the service. and to lead a Christian life? I will.I present Name(s) who come(s) seeking professing membership from the ———— Church. injustice. the vows of Christian baptism have consisted first of the renunciation of all that is evil and then the profession of faith and loyalty to Christ. persons may add to their vows a personal witness to their Christian faith and experience. reject the evil powers of this world. Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior. that by your teaching and example they may be guided to accept God's grace for themselves. RENUNCIATION OF SIN AND PROFESSION OF FAITH 4 Since the earliest times. Thanksgiving over the Water (section 10) may precede the Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith. and promise to serve him as your Lord. Parents or other sponsors reaffirm these vows for themselves while taking the responsibilities of sponsorship. If desired. . nations. Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil. 5 The pastor addresses parents or other sponsors of candidates not able to answer for themselves: Will you nurture these children (persons) in Christ's holy Church. The pastor addresses parents or other sponsors and those candidates who can answer for themselves: On behalf of the whole Church. Candidates for confirmation profess for themselves the solemn vows that were made at their baptism. and repent of your sin? I do. to profess their faith openly.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ? I believe in Jesus Christ. . the Father Almighty. will you remain faithful members of Christ's holy Church and serve as Christ's representatives in the world? I will. and the congregation joins the candidates and their parents and sponsors in responding: Let us join together in professing the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We will surround these persons with a community of love and forgiveness. creator of heaven and earth. 7 The pastor addresses the sponsors: Will you who sponsor these candidates support and encourage them in their Christian life? I will. that they may grow in their trust of God. reaffirm both your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ? We do. Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God. and be found faithful in their service to others.6 The pastor addresses candidates who can answer for themselves: According to the grace given to you. the Church. sponsor(s). 8 The pastor addresses the congregation. We will pray for them. that they may be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life. his only Son. and local congregation join with the universal Church across the ages in this historic affirmation of the Christian faith. 9 The Apostles' Creed in threefold question-and-answer form appeared at least as early as the third century as a statement of faith used in baptisms and has been widely used in baptisms ever since. and the congregation responds: Do you. The candidate(s). Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include these persons now before you in your care? With God's help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ. as Christ's body. our Lord. A deacon or pastor addresses all.

you swept across the dark waters and brought forth light. On the third day he rose again. . you led them to freedom through the sea. All may stand. [the holy catholic church. Let us pray. Eternal Father: When nothing existed but chaos. The Lord be with you. And also with you. died. and invite the congregation to do likewise. born of the Virgin Mary. he ascended into heaven. Their children you brought through the Jordan to the land which you promised. the resurrection of the body. the communion of saints. was crucified. It recalls scriptural images and meanings of Holy Baptism and is comparable to the Great Thanksgiving at Holy Communion.[who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. the forgiveness of sins. After the flood you set in the clouds a rainbow. suffered under Pontius Pilate. This prayer is led by the pastor and joined by the people. is seated at the right hand of the Father. and will come again to judge the living and the dead. **Sing to the Lord. and the life everlasting. In the days of Noah you saved those on the ark through water.] THANKSGIVING OVER THE WATER 10 A deacon or lay leader may pour water for baptism and reaffirmation into the font at this time in such a way that the congregation can see and hear the water. When you saw your people as slaves in Egypt.] Do you believe in the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit. and was buried. The pastor may raise hands in the ancient Christian posture of prayer. all the earth. he descended to the dead.

and of the Son. they may share in his final victory. Pastor. The pastor uses the first (Christian) name(s). you may be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. the pastor places hands on the candidate's head and invokes the work of the Holy Spirit. I baptize you in the name of the Father. Amen. Persons nearby. Others present may join by extending their hands toward the candidate. All say the Amen. In the fullness of time you sent Jesus. . Eternal Father.Tell of God's mercy each day. cleansing. Amen. Immediately after the administration of the water. including baptized members of the candidate's family. He was baptized by John and anointed by your Spirit. nurtured in the water of a womb. his glory among all the people. and of the Holy Spirit. **All praise to you. dying and being raised with Christ. laying hand on the newly baptized: The Holy Spirit work within you. Amen. that being born through water and the Spirit. to bless this gift of water and those who receive it. or lift the water. that. may join the pastor in this action. water should be used generously as a living sign of the abundance of God’s grace. Pour out your Holy Spirit. to wash away their sin and clothe them in righteousness throughout their lives. He called his disciples to share in the baptism of his death and resurrection and to make disciples of all nations. and life-giving power. but not the family name: Christian Name(s). The pastor may place hands in or over the water. **Declare Christ’s works to the nations. BAPTISM WITH LAYING ON OF HANDS 11 In all services of the baptismal covenant. who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever. Each candidate is baptized and receives the laying on of hands individually. through your Son Jesus Christ. stir the water.

which is a "royal priesthood" (1 Peter 2:9). If the certificate is not given at this time. may glorify your Father in heaven. The candle may be lighted from the paschal candle or from one of the candles on or near the Lord's table. with such words as: "Let your light so shine that others. We are all one in Christ Jesus. in which case "others" may be changed to "this child" or "these children. . as a symbol that we "have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:27) as one would put on new clothing. b) New clothing is sometimes presented to those just baptized. following the biblical custom anointing prophets (1 Kings 19:16). the pastor should ensure the candidate or family receive it promptly. When all candidates have been baptized. you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ's own forever. Christians in baptism become members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you as members of the family of Christ. it should not be confused with ornate birthday candles sold commercially to mark a child's birthdays. child of God." It is appropriate to light the baptismal candle in the home each year on the anniversary of baptism as a reminder of the grace of God offered through baptism.One or more of the following acts may be added at this time: a) The pastor may trace on the forehead of each newly baptized person the sign of the cross in silence or with the words: "Name. Jesus' titles Christ and Messiah both mean "Anointed One. Through baptism you are incorporated by the Holy Spirit into God's new creation and made to share in Christ's royal priesthood." and the New Testament repeatedly calls Christ our High Priest and King. priests (Exodus 29:7). d) A certificate of baptism may be presented to the newly baptized. A baptismal candle bears either a Christian symbol or no decoration at all. Anointing at baptism is a reminder that all Christians are anointed into this royal priesthood. Such clothing is traditionally white. seeing your good works. particularly in the case of infants." The candle may be presented to the parents or sponsors of baptized children. Words such as these may be used: "Receive these new clothes as a token of the new life that is given in Christ Jesus. suggesting the "white robes" in Revelation 7:9 –14." Olive oil may be used in this action. the pastor invites the congregation to welcome them: Now it is our joy to welcome our new sisters and brothers in Christ." c) A lighted baptismal candle may be presented to the newly baptized. and kings (1 Kings 1:39).

This parallels sprinkling with hyssop for purification (Exodus 12:22 . together with those who. the pastor. and others if desired.CONFIRMATION OR REAFFIRMATION OF FAITH 12 Acts of confirmation or reaffirmation of faith are not acts of rebaptism. a deacon. Amen. or hands. cleansing. As the pastor. life-giving and life-renewing power. or to refresh their faces. Appropriate ways persons may use the water include: a) Touching the water and making the sign of the cross on their own foreheads. c) They may use it on their heads. The pastor addresses all those transferring their baptized or professing membership into The United Methodist Church. When there is a congregational reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant. they may be presented at this time. d) Or. b) Scooping up the water and letting it fall back into the font. Psalm 51:7) and sprinkling as a sign of renewal (Ezekiel 36:25 –26). the congregation may be invited to use or receive the water as or after the pastor says: Remember your baptism and be thankful. 13 Acts of reaffirmation are not acts of rebaptism. RECEPTION INTO THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 14 If there are persons coming into baptized or professing membership in The United Methodist Church from other denominations who have not yet been presented. water should be used generously as a sign of the abundance of God’s grace. Here water may be used by the candidates as the pastor says: Remember your baptism and be thankful. evergreen branch or other means to sprinkle small amounts of water toward the congregation. or hands. have just professed their own faith: . In services of the baptismal covenant. c) Scooping it over their heads. Amen. b) They may scoop up the water and let it fall back into the font. through baptism or confirmation. or to refresh their faces. you may live as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. place hands on the head of each person being confirmed or reaffirming faith. Appropriate ways persons being confirmed or reaffirming their faith may use the water include the following: a) They may touch the water and make the sign of the cross on their own foreheads. the pastor says to each: Name. that having been born through water and the Spirit. or other assistants may use an asperges. Amen. the Holy Spirit work within you.

using an appropriate gesture of blessing: .As members of Christ's universal Church. and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries? I will. and perfect them in love. together with those who. we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the Church by our prayers. I commend these persons to your love and care. and our witness that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. your service and your witness? I will. have just professed their own faith: As members of this congregation. confirm their hope. our service. As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of The United Methodist Church. The congregation responds: We give thanks for all that God has already given you and we welcome you in Christian love. COMMENDATION AND WELCOME 16 The pastor addresses the congregation: Members of the household of God. they may be presented at this time. Do all in your power to increase their faith. confirmed. RECEPTION INTO THE LOCAL CONGREGATION 15 If there are persons joining this congregation as baptized or professing members from other United Methodist congregations who have not yet been presented. will you be loyal to Christ through The United Methodist Church. our presence. our gifts. The pastor addresses all those transferring baptized or professing membership into the congregation. your gifts. your presence. or received. The pastor addresses those baptized. will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers. through baptism or confirmation.

offered to us without price. The service continues with prayers including appropriate thanksgivings and intercessions for those who have participated in these acts. or for confirmation or reaffirmation of faith.The God of all grace. including children. including children. INTRODUCTION TO THE SERVICE As persons come forward. We are incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit. The new members. stanza. an appropriate baptismal hymn may be sung. An appropriate hymn. PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES . One or more laypersons. receive first. Services of the baptismal covenant most appropriately lead into the celebration of Holy Communion. A deacon or pastor addresses the congregation: Brothers and sisters in Christ: Through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ's holy Church. who has called us to eternal glory in Christ. and assist in serving. may bring the bread and wine to the Lord’s table. establish you and strengthen you by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is not designed for the baptism of persons who take their own vows. All this is God's gift. in which the union of the new members with the body of Christ is most fully expressed. Baptized children may be welcomed by a kiss of peace or other acts or words immediately following Baptism with Laying on of Hands. or response may be sung. may join the pastor in acts of welcome and peace. THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT II HOLY BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN AND OTHERS UNABLE TO ANSWER FOR THEMSELVES This service is designed for use when the only persons being baptized are (1) infants or children who cannot take their own vows or (2) youth or adults who have not reached the developmental stage of making such commitments themselves. that you may live in grace and peace.

reject the evil powers of this world. the Church. I ask you: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness.A representative of the congregation presents the candidates: I present Name(s) for baptism. and promise to serve him as your Lord. Will you nurture one another in the Christian faith and life . and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? I do. and races? I do. put your whole trust in his grace. Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior. to profess their faith openly. Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil. Will you nurture these children (persons) in Christ's holy Church. The pastor addresses parents and other sponsors: On behalf of the whole Church. nations. that by your teaching and example they may be guided to accept God's grace for themselves. and repent of your sin? I do. RENUNCIATION OF SIN AND PROFESSION OF FAITH Since the earliest times. and the congregation responds: Do you. Parents and other sponsors reaffirm these vows for themselves and take on the responsibilities of sponsorship. If desired. as Christ's body. in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages. A deacon or the pastor addresses the congregation. reaffirm both your rejection of sin and your commitment to Christ? We do. Thanksgiving over the Water (section 10) may precede the Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith. the vows of Christian baptism have consisted first of the renunciation of all that is evil and then the profession of faith and loyalty to Christ. injustice. and to lead a Christian life? I will.

that they may be true disciples who walk in the way that leads to life. and was buried. We will surround these persons with a community of love and forgiveness. his only Son. The pastor addresses all. the forgiveness of sins. the Father Almighty. our Lord. The Apostles' Creed in threefold question-and-answer form appeared at least as early as the third century as a statement of faith used in baptisms and has been widely used in baptisms ever since. [who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. he ascended into heaven. Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God. and will come again to judge the living and the dead. the resurrection of the body. Do you believe in Jesus Christ? I believe in Jesus Christ. he descended to the dead. [the holy catholic* church. born of the Virgin Mary. On the third day he rose again. sponsor(s).] Do you believe in the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit. the communion of saints. creator of heaven and earth. and the life everlasting.] . died. is seated at the right hand of the Father. suffered under Pontius Pilate. We will pray for them. was crucified. and local congregation join with the universal Church across the ages in this historic affirmation of the Christian faith. and the congregation joins the parents and sponsors in responding: Let us join together in professing the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. that they may grow in their service to others. The candidate(s).and include these persons now before you in your care? With God's help we will proclaim the good news and live according to the example of Christ.

And also with you. The pastor may raise hands in the ancient Christian posture of prayer. All may stand. Pour out your Holy Spirit. . you swept across the dark waters and brought forth light. The Lord be with you.THANKSGIVING OVER THE WATER A deacon or lay leader may pour water for baptism and reaffirmation into the font at this time in such a way that the congregation can see and hear the water. He called his disciples to share in the baptism of his death and resurrection and to make disciples of all nations. nurtured in the water of a womb. After the flood you set in the clouds a rainbow. his glory among all the people. It recalls scriptural images and meanings of Holy Baptism and is comparable to the Great Thanksgiving at Holy Communion. you led them to freedom through the sea. **Declare Christ’s works to the nations. He was baptized by John and anointed by your Spirit. or lift the water. **Sing to the Lord. The pastor may place hands in or over the water. Their children you brought through the Jordan to the land which you promised. stir the water. Eternal Father: When nothing existed but chaos. This prayer is led by the pastor and joined by the people. Let us pray. all the earth. to bless this gift of water and those who receive it. When you saw your people as slaves in Egypt. In the days of Noah you saved those on the ark through water. and invite the congregation to do likewise. In the fullness of time you sent Jesus. Tell of God's mercy each day.

the pastor places hands on the candidate's head and invokes the work of the Holy Spirit. When all candidates have been baptized and have received the laying on of hands and/or other signs.to wash away their sin and clothe them in righteousness throughout their lives . but not the family name: Christian Name(s). **All praise to you. presentation of new clothing. and life-giving power. Amen. you may be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. I baptize you in the name of the Father. that being born through water and the Spirit. water should be used generously as a living sign of the abundance of God’s grace. may join the pastor in this action. dying and being raised with Christ. (See Baptismal Covenant I for more detail about each of these acts). cleansing. who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever. Pastor. Others present may join by extending their hands toward the candidate. through your Son Jesus Christ. If desired. BAPTISM WITH LAYING ON OF HANDS In all services of the baptismal covenant. All say the Amen. the pastor invites the congregation to welcome them: Now it is our joy to welcome our new sisters and brothers in Christ. one or more of the following acts may be added: anointing. Each candidate is baptized and receives the laying on of hands individually. Immediately after the administration of the water. Amen. Amen. that. laying hand on the newly baptized: The Holy Spirit work within you. and of the Son. presentation of a baptismal candle. The pastor uses the first (Christian) name(s). including baptized members of the candidate's family. they may share in his final victory. Eternal Father. and of the Holy Spirit. Through baptism you are incorporated by the Holy Spirit . or presentation of a certificate of baptism. Persons nearby.

The pastor addresses those baptized and their parents and sponsors using an appropriate gesture of blessing: The God of all grace. confirm their hope. our presence. and perfect them in love. or response may be sung. I commend these persons to your love and care. our service and our witness. One or more laypersons. . The congregation responds: We give thanks for all that God has already given you and we welcome you in Christian love. that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. we renew our covenant faithfully to participate in the ministries of the Church by our prayers. our gifts. COMMENDATION AND WELCOME Those who have been baptized into Christ's holy Church are now welcomed into this congregation of The United Methodist Church. including children. establish you and strengthen you by the power of the Holy Spirit. that you may live in grace and peace. Do all in your power to increase their faith. who has called us to eternal glory in Christ. may join the pastor in acts of welcome and peace. stanza. The pastor addresses the congregation: Members of the household of God. Baptized children may be welcomed by a kiss of peace or other acts or words immediately following Baptism with Laying on of Hands. An appropriate hymn. As members together with you in the body of Christ and in this congregation of The United Methodist Church. With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you as members of the family of Christ. We are all one in Christ Jesus.into God's new creation and made to share in Christ's royal priesthood.

All Saints Day. RENUNCIATION OF SIN AND PROFESSION OF FAITH Since the earliest times. acknowledge what God is doing for us. especially on Easter. or received into baptized or professing membership. Pentecost. and assist in serving. offered to us without price. in which the union of the new members with the body of Christ is most fully expressed. The new members. INTRODUCTION TO THE SERVICE A deacon or pastor addresses the congregation: Brothers and sisters in Christ: Through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ's holy Church. and the congregation responds: On behalf of the whole Church. the Thanksgiving over the Water may precede the Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith. confirmed. and Baptism of the Lord. including children. Through the reaffirmation of our faith we renew the covenant declared at our baptism. We are incorporated into God's mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit. and affirm our commitment to Christ's holy Church. If desired. The pastor addresses the congregation. reject the evil powers of this world. Services of the baptismal covenant most appropriately lead into the celebration of Holy Communion. and repent of your sin? I do.The service continues with prayers including thanksgivings and intercessions for those who have participated in these acts. I ask you: Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness. the vows of the Baptismal Covenant have consisted first of the renunciation of all that is evil and then the profession of faith and loyalty to Christ. All this is God's gift. receive first. THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT IV CONGREGATIONAL REAFFIRMATION OF THE BAPTISMAL COVENANT This service is for use by a congregation when there are no candidates to be baptized. . may bring the bread and wine to the Lord’s table.

our Lord. the resurrection of the body. suffered under Pontius Pilate. Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God. born of the Virgin Mary. Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior. the Father Almighty. [the holy catholic* church. and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? I do. put your whole trust in his grace. creator of heaven and earth. in union with the Church which Christ has opened to people of all ages. was crucified. According to the grace given to you. he ascended into heaven. On the third day he rose again. and the life everlasting.] . his only Son. the communion of saints. A deacon or pastor leads the confession of faith: Let us join together in professing the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Do you believe in Jesus Christ? I believe in Jesus Christ. and races? I do. and was buried.] Do you believe in the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit. the forgiveness of sins. will you remain faithful members of Christ's holy Church and serve as Christ's representatives in the world? I will. he descended to the dead. and promise to serve him as your Lord. died.Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil. is seated at the right hand of the Father. nations. and will come again to judge the living and the dead. [who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. injustice.

**Sing to the Lord. his glory among all the people. and invite the congregation to do likewise. Pour out your Holy Spirit. you led them to freedom through the sea.THANKSGIVING OVER THE WATER A deacon or lay leader may pour water for reaffirmation into the font at this time in such a way that the congregation can see and hear the water. Let us pray. Eternal Father: When nothing existed but chaos. and by this gift of water call to our remembrance the grace declared to us in our baptism. all the earth. After the flood you set in the clouds a rainbow. In the days of Noah you saved those on the ark through water. The Lord be with you. He was baptized by John and anointed by your Spirit. The pastor may place hands in or over the water. Tell of God's mercy each day. . It recalls scriptural images and meanings of Holy Baptism and is comparable to the Great Thanksgiving at Holy Communion. stir the water. or lift the water. And also with you. This prayer is led by the pastor and joined by the people. He called his disciples to share in the baptism of his death and resurrection and to make disciples of all nations. All may stand. nurtured in the water of a womb. you swept across the dark waters and brought forth light. Their children you brought through the Jordan to the land which you promised. In the fullness of time you sent Jesus. When you saw your people as slaves in Egypt. The pastor may raise hands in the ancient Christian posture of prayer. **Declare Christ’s works to the nations.

Psalm 51:7) and sprinkling as a sign of renewal (Ezekiel 36:25 –26). Eternal Father. or other assistants may use an asperges.For you have washed away our sins. through your Son Jesus Christ. the pastor. d) Or. our service and our witness that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. c) Scooping it over their heads. Amen. or hands. our presence. Appropriate ways persons may use the water include: a) Touching the water and making the sign of the cross on their own foreheads. As members of the body of Christ and in this congregation of The United Methodist Church. that dying and rising with Christ we may share in his final victory. We give thanks for all that God has already given us. The pastor addresses those reaffirming the Baptismal Covenant: The God of all grace. or to refresh their faces. a deacon. The pastor addresses those reaffirming the Baptismal Covenant: The Holy Spirit work within you. and you clothe us with righteousness throughout our lives. THANKSGIVING A deacon or pastor leads the congregation to give thanks: Let us rejoice in the faithfulness of our covenant God. our gifts. who has called us to eternal glory in Christ. a deacon or pastor may invite the people to come to the water as the pastor says: Remember your baptism and be thankful. . that having been born through water and the Spirit. REAFFIRMATION OF FAITH Acts of reaffirmation are not acts of rebaptism. This parallels sprinkling with hyssop for purification (Exodus 12:22 . b) Scooping up the water and letting it fall back into the font. we will faithfully participate in the ministries of the Church by our prayers. When the congregation reaffirms the Baptismal Covenant. evergreen branch or other means to sprinkle small amounts of water toward the congregation. you may live as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Amen. **All praise to you. who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns for ever. Amen.

that you may live in grace and peace. 1989. or placed on another website without written permission of The General Board of Discipleship and The United Methodist Publishing House. contact worship@gbod.org. 1980. 1985.” This resource may not be altered. Signs of peace may be exchanged. It is most fitting that the service should continue with Holy Communion. stanza.org and permissions@umpublishing. The United Methodist Publishing House. Christian congregations and church related agencies are free to copy and reproduce this resource in print or electronically as needed for worship and educational purposes provided that all copies include the following copyright statement: “The Services of the Baptismal Covenant of The United Methodist Church as Revised to Align with the 2008 Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions. 2009 The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission. or response may be sung. COPYRIGHT AND PERMISSIONS NOTICE “The Services of the Baptismal Covenant of The United Methodist Church as Revised to Align with the 2008 Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions. sold.establish and strengthen you by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Copyright © 2009. Other hymns of Christian commitment are also appropriate. Published by The General Board of Discipleship with permission of The United Methodist Publishing House. . To obtain permissions for these or other uses.” Copyright ©1976. An appropriate hymn.

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