This evening I had a Church Leadership Meeting which ran a few minutes late. I raced home, put my key in the front door and bounded up the stairs. When I got up there my son ran up to me and said that they were waiting for me for Baa Baa’s Bapbirphday. By the grace of God the kids slept late this afternoon, so Jen decided to keep them up for a few extra minutes before starting bedtime devotions. When those were over, I got home and we did the Baptismal Remembrance Service with the kids.
Here’s the Order of Service that we use. *
Light the Baptismal Candle
FAMILY: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
FATHER: Holy Baptism is the means by which the Father creates new sons and daughters. In the waters of Baptism we are joined to the death and resurrection of our Lord. Born again by water and the Spirit, we are made members of the body of Christ. Living in fellowship with him and with His people, we grow in faith, love, and obedience to the will of God.
MOTHER: God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give you thanks for freeing your sons and daughters from the power of sin and for raising them up to a new life through this Holy Sacrament. Pour your Holy Spirit upon us: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill us with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.
The Family may sing or say (Hymn 298, TLH)
Baptized into Thy name most holy,
O Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
I claim a place, though weak and lowly,
Among Thy seed, Thy chosen host.
Buried with Christ and dead to sin,
Thy Spirit now shall live within.
And I have vowed to fear and love Thee
And to obey Thee, Lord, alone;
Because the Holy Ghost did move me,
I dared to pledge myself Thine own,
Renouncing sin to keep the faith
And war with evil unto death.
And never let my purpose falter,
O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
But keep me faithful to Thine altar
Till thou shalt call me from my post.
So unto Thee I live and die
And praise Thee evermore on high.
The Family shall say the Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian Church, the communion of saints: The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.
SYMBOLS OF BAPTISM
CHILD**: The Water reminds us that God gave a visible sign that through faith our sins are washed away.
CHILD: The cross reminds us that Christ died and rose again to free us from sin, death and the power of the devil. We have been marked with the sign of the cross to remind us that we have been redeemed through faith in Christ.
CHILD: The candle reminds us that Jesus, the Light of the World, became the Light of our life in Baptism.
FAMILY: The Lord’s Prayer
May the Lord bless us and keep us.
May the Lord make His face to shine
upon us and be gracious unto us.
May the Lord lift up His countenance
upon us and give us peace. Amen.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY BAPTISM
THE NATURE OF BAPTISM
What is Baptism? Baptism is not simple water only, but it is the water comprehended in God’s command and connected with God’s word. Which is that word of God? Christ, our Lord, says in the last chapter of Matthew: Go ye and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
THE BLESSING OF BAPTISM
What does Baptism give or profit? It works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.
Which are such words and promises of God? Christ, our Lord, says in the last chapter of Mark: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
THE POWER OF BAPTISM
How can water do such great things? It is not the water indeed that does this, but the word of God which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts such word of God in the water. For without the word of God the water is simple water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Ghost, as St. Paul says, Titus, chapter third:
(According to His mercy He saved us) by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Savior, that, being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BAPTIZING WITH WATER
What does such baptizing with water signify? It signifies that the Old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise, who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
Where is this written? St. Paul writes, Romans, chapter sixth: We are buried with Christ by Baptism into death, that, like as He was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
We ended the service by singing her baptismal hymn (TLH 299 Dear Father, Who Hast Made us All).
*Note: This Order of Service is from Jen’s best friend’s parents. Does anyone know what this may be based off of?
**Note: Because Baa Baa is only one year old and can’t read yet, Jen and I split her readings.