We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are marked with the sign of the covenant may in every way grow up into him who is our Head, Jesus Christ. To Him, to You, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
This beautiful prayer is one of my favorite parts of our baptism liturgy. It reminds us of what baptism is — a sign of the covenant God makes with us, that he will be our God and we will be his people. It reminds us that the Christian life is one of perpetual growth. And it reminds us that, no matter how young or old we may be when we are baptized, our life of faith is always a response to the grace God has already extended to us.
Here at Restoration, we offer the sacrament of baptism four times a year: on Epiphany Sunday (early January), at the Easter Vigil (March/April), on Pentecost (May/June), and on All Saints Sunday (early November). So Sunday, January 6, is the next opportunity for baptism. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child, please contact me by going here, filling out the form, and choosing “Baptism” from the drop-down menu.
For parents of children being baptized, there is a required meeting next Wednesday, December 12, at 7:30 pm at Restoration.
If you have any questions about baptism — what it means, why we do it, whether it is right for you our your kids — please let me know. I love having these conversations!