Holy Baptism (text for reading)


God, who is rich in mercy and love, gives us a new birth into a living hope through the sacrament of baptism. By water and the Word God delivers us from sin and death and raises us to new life in Jesus Christ. We are united with all the baptized in the one body of Christ, anointed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and joined in God's mission for the life of the world.

Sponsor(s): We present Kaitlyn Reinier for baptism.

Kaitlyn, called by the Holy Spirit, trusting in the grace and love of God, do you desire to be baptized into Christ? I do.

Profession of Faith

Kaitlyn and sponsors, I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church.

Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God? I renounce them.

Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God? I renounce them.

Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God? I renounce them.

Do you believe in God the Father? I trust my heart to God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I follow Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I owe my life to the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.


Kaitlyn, you have made public profession of your faith. Do you intend to honor the covenant God makes with you in holy baptism:

  • to live among God’s faithful people,
  • to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
  • to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
  • to serve all people, following the example of Jesus, and
  • to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?

I do, and I ask God to help and guide me.

Sponsors, do you promise to nurture Kaitlyn in the Christian faith as you are empowered by God's Spirit, and to help her live in the covenant of baptism and in communion with the church? I do.

People of God, do you promise to support Kaitlyn and pray for her in her new life in Christ? We do.

Thanksgiving at the Font

The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Blessed are you, O God, maker and ruler of all things. Your voice thundered over the waters at creation. You water the mountains and send springs into the valleys to refresh and satisfy all living things.

Through the waters of the flood you carried those in the ark to safety. Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery to freedom. In the wilderness you nourished them with water from the rock, and you brought them across the river Jordan to the promised land.

By the baptism of his death and resurrection, your Son Jesus has carried us to safety and freedom. The floods shall not overwhelm us, and the deep shall not swallow us up, for Christ has brought us over to the land of promise. He sends us to make disciples, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Pour out your Holy Spirit; wash away sin in this cleansing water; clothe the baptized with Christ; and claim your daughters and sons, no longer slave and free, no longer male and female, but one with all the baptized in Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Kaitlyn Reinier, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let’s pray. We give you thanks, O God, that through water and the Holy Spirit you give your daughters and sons new birth, cleanse them from sin, and raise them to eternal life.

Laying on of hands.

Sustain Kaitlyn with the gift of your Holy Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever. Amen.


Kaitlyn, child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. Amen.


Assisting minister lights candle and gives to Kaitlyn and then, says:

Jesus said, I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have the light of life.

We welcome you into the body of Christ and into the mission we share: join us in giving thanks and praise to God and bearing God's creative and redeeming word to all the world.