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A service for the renewal of Baptism Promises

This simple act of worship has been compiled as a resource for the renewal of baptismal promises. It has been produced because the cancellation of the Chrism Mass in 2020 has prevented any gathering of Christians for the traditional renewal of vows. It is hoped that you may use this act of devotion at 11 am on Monday 6 April, when we would have gathered in our Cathedral, so that you may have a sense of belonging to the Body of Christ while making your own individual commitment. The hope is that we will all start at the same time, but please set your own pace, with times of silence and reflection. The Renewal section is drawn from the preface to the Baptism Service in Common Worship; the prayers in italics are an invitation to pray, not instructions – please include your own intentions as the Holy Spirit prompts you. Though written for particular circumstances, if you find it helpful you may of course use it in your private prayers. Our church buildings may be closed, but the church is people, and God is present to each of us as to all.

The Lord is here

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 Jesus said: ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.’

 God’s word

T hen Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptised by him. John would have prevented him, saying, ‘I need to be baptised by you, and do you come to me?’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfil all righteousness.’ Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptised, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved,* with whom I am well pleased.’

Matthew 3:17-20

Baptism Our Lord Jesus Christ has told us that to enter the kingdom of heaven we must be born again of water and the Spirit, and has given us baptism as the sign and seal of this new birth. In baptism we are washed by the Holy Spirit and made clean. In baptism we are clothed with Christ, dying to sin that we may live his risen life. As children of God, we have a new dignity and God calls us to fullness of life.

 Renewal of Baptism promises

Our Lord Jesus Christ has told us that to enter the kingdom of heaven we must be born again of water and the Spirit.

I thank you, O God, for the gift of life.

I thank you, O God, for those who brought me to baptism; for those who encouraged me to make my profession of faith; for all who share in Christ’s risen life.

I pray for the church, the Body of Christ; for those whom you have called to serve as bishops, priests and deacons, and all who have dedicated their lives in religious orders; for all members of the Body of Christ throughout the world, that we may all be one as Jesus prayed; for those who have gone before us in the life of faith.

Jesus has given us baptism as the sign and seal of this new birth.

I give thanks, O God, for your promised gift of the Holy Spirit.

I pray for grace to use the gifts you give me in love and service to you and to my neighbours.

In baptism we are washed by the Holy Spirit and made clean.

I give thanks, O God, for your compassion and forgiveness, by which you take away my sin, and for your unfailing love.

I pray that I may live in the glorious freedom that comes from knowing I am your beloved child.

In baptism we are clothed with Christ, dying to sin that we may live his risen life.

I thank you, O God, that you were in Christ reconciling the whole world to yourself.

I pray for reconciliation and peace for the world today; for all who suffer through hunger, poverty, violence, sickness, oppression or injustice.

As children of God, we have a new dignity and God calls us to fullness of life.

I thank you, O God, for the gift of life in all its fullness.

(You may wish to make the sign of the cross as a reminder of your baptism)

I renew my commitment to following Jesus (+) and to sharing with others the fullness of life which is his gift.

Prayer for all who have been baptised

Heavenly Father,
by the power of your Holy Spirit you give your faithful people new life in the water of baptism. Guide and strengthen us by the same Spirit, that we who are born again may serve you in faith and love, and grow into the full stature of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for all who have been ordained

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, by your Holy Spirit you have appointed various orders of ministry in the Church: look with mercy on your servants who you have called to be deacons and priests; maintain them in truth and renew them in holiness, that by word and good example they may faithfully serve you to the glory of your name and the benefit of your Church; through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
are yours now and for ever.
Amen.

Conclusion

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore. Amen.

 

 

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here, is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000 and published by Church House Publishing. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1985 National Council of Churches of the USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

 

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