Mark Ruiter modified this liturgy from the CRC Grey Psalter Hymnal to relate baptism and adoption together. We used this liturgy on April 18, 2010 to baptize Amariah Ruiter and GraceLynn and FaithAnne Roberts. Feel free to use it or modify it.
where anonymity and rootlessness threaten our existence,
God calls a people into covenant embrace.
God called Abraham and Sarah, gave them new names,
through which he would bless all the families of the world.
God cut a covenant into Israel’s flesh, carving out a people for himself.
They would light the path home for all humanity.
In the fullness of time, God sent his only Son, Jesus, to be our Savior.
In his death on the cross our old self is dead and buried;
in his resurrection we rise to a new life and look forward to a new creation.
When we are baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
the triune God seals our adoption as his children
and writes his name invisibly on our foreheads.
a holy nation, a people belonging to God . . . .
Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of
God.” (1 Pet. 2:9-10)
Do you profess your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and affirm the promises of God made to you and your children in his Word?
and teach them to pray? Do you promise to nurture them
within the body of believers, as citizens of Christ’s kingdom?
Reader 2: maker of heaven and earth,
Reader 3: of all things visible and invisible.
Reader 4: the only Son of God,
Reader 1: begotten from the Father before all ages,
All: God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
Reader 2: begotten, not made;
Reader 3: of the same essence as the Father.
Reader 4: Through him all things were made.
Reader 2: he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
Reader 3: and was made human.
Reader 4: He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
Reader 1: he suffered and was buried.
Reader 2: The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
Reader 3: He ascended to heaven
Reader 4: and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
Reader 1: He will come again with glory
Reader 2: to judge the living and the dead.
Reader 3: His kingdom will never end.
Reader 4: the Lord, the giver of life.
Reader 1 He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
Reader 2: and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
Reader 3: He spoke through the prophets.
All: We believe in one holy universal and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.
in baptism you are sealed with the Holy Spirit
and marked as Christ’s own. Amen.
Gracious God and heavenly Father,
we thank you that you make us new persons in Jesus Christ
through grace alone.
We pray for name(s) .
Bless and strengthen them daily
with the gift of your Holy Spirit.
Unfold to them the riches of your love.
Deepen their faith.
Keep them from the power of evil.
Enable them to live a holy and blameless life
until your kingdom comes.
We now receive name(s) into Christ’s church.
Do you welcome them in love,
and do you promise to pray for, encourage,
and help nurture them in the faith?
We do, God helping us.