Thanksgiving for Baptism Rite
A rite of Thanksgiving for Baptism for use at the beginning of worship.
THANKSGIVING FOR BAPTISM
The ministers gather at the font. The presiding minister scoops water from the font and makes the sign of the cross.
In the name of the Father,
and of the + Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
People of God, in the baptismal waters
you traveled with Christ from death to life.
Your past, your sin, your failure, your doubt,
are drowned and gone here.
Your fear, your confusion, your self-righteousness, your despair,
are washed away by grace.
Your pride, your hypocrisy, and other people’s opinions of you
no longer define you.
The Spirit lives and moves through you now,
a great and joyful mystery,
so you may bring love and mercy into the world
as the body of Christ.
Rejoice that God has claimed you
in this baptismal grace,
my fellow brothers and sisters in Jesus,
not by your own doing or believing
but by God’s mercy alone.
As we begin worship
we give thanks to God for the gracious gift of baptism
that joins us together in Christ by the Spirit’s power.
And all God’s people said: Amen!
Water is taken from the font and the assembly is sprinkled with water during a hymn.