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Jacob's Baptism and Baby Dedication

August 24, 2014

On Monday August 18th, 2014, while we were up at Crystal Lake, Uncle Jared baptized you. He put together a special service and we dedicated you to God. He read three special scriptures and then Mommy and Daddy poured the water while he baptized you. 

Heavenly Father, we thank you that in every generation you give new sons and daughters to your Church, and we pray that this child, now to be received by baptism, may come to know you and love you more day by day, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

The Baptism of Jesus
The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 1 verses 9-11
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, 'Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.'

Jesus loves children
The Gospel of Mark, chapter I0 verses 13-16
They were bringing children to Jesus, that he might touch them: and the disciples rebuked them, But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, 'Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.' And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.

Christ sends his apostles to teach and baptize
The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 28 verses 18-20
Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.'

Thus the children of Christian parents are brought to be baptized with water as a sign of the new life in Christ, and to be made members of God's family the Church. We bring this child whom God hasentrusted to us and claim for him all that Christ has won for us. Christ loves him and is ready to receive him, to embrace him with the arms of his mercy and to give him the blessing of eternal life.

Daniel and Rachelle, You have brought this child to be baptised, and you will receive him again to be trained in the doctrines, privileges and duties of the Christian faith. I ask you therefore:

Will you provide for this your child a Christian home of love and faithfulness?
With God's help we will.
Will you help him by your words, prayers and example to renounce all evil and put his trust in Jesus Christ his Saviour? 
 With God's help we will.

Will you encourage him to enter into the full membership of the Church, and to serve Christ in the world?
With God's help we will.

Jacob we welcome you with great joy into this Christian Church. In the name of Christ we claim you for him, who is our Saviour, by the sign of his Cross. We invite you parents to do the same.

My dear brothers and sisters, let us ask our Lord Jesus Christ to look lovingly on this child Jacob who is to be baptized, also on his parents and Godparents, and on all who are baptized.

Daniel and Rachelle, you have come today to present Jacob for baptism. By water and the Holy Spirit he is to enter the covenant of grace that he may receive the new life from God, who is love through Jesus Christ.

On your part you must make it your constant care to bring him up in the practice of the faith. Ensure that the Divine life which God gives him keeps him safe from the evil of sin and enables him to grow always stronger in faith and obedience. If your faith makes you ready to accept this responsibility, renew now the vows of your own baptism. Reject sin, profess your faith in Christ Jesus. This is the faith of the Church. This is the faith in which Jacob is about to be baptized.

Do you turn to Christ?
 I do

Do you believe in the Christian faith, as expressed in the Apostles' creed which you have just affirmed?
 I believe

Is it your will the Jacob should be baptized in the faith of the church, which we have all professed with you? 
 It is

Jacob I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

By Baptism we receive this child into the congregation of Christ's flock, and pray that he may not be ashamed to hold fast the faith of Christ crucified, to fight against evil, and to persevere as Christ's faithful soldier and servant to his life's end. Amen.

Let us pray.

Father, we thank you that you have received this child to be your own within your family the Church.
May he grow in the faith in which he has been baptised and come to profess that faith before all people. Amen.
Bless the home of this child and give wisdom and affection to his parents that they may lead him in the way of perfect love. Amen. 
Strengthen your Church in the Holy Spirit that, through our worship and ministry to the world, this child may learn to follow Christ. Amen.

It was a very special day in a very special place with some very special people!

Thank you Uncle Jared!

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