Baptismal Service

Today we rejoice in the Lord because we will witness the baptisms of four children. Kyle and Becca Davoust’s children Lucas, Hannah, and Isaac, and Rob and Rebecca Aldridge’s daughter Karis.

According to God’s covenant of grace, these little children have rights to the kingdom of heaven just like their parents do.

So, these little children will all be baptized according to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus commanded his disciples to permit the little children come to him and not prevent them. And he commanded ministers of the word to go and make disciples of all peoples, first by baptizing them in the triune Name of God, and then by teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded.

We realize that for some of our fellow Christians, baptizing little children seems like a strange thing to do. We totally understand that. It was strange to some of us as well. Suffice to say for now that we do this only because we believe it is what the Lord desires in the Holy Scriptures.

What is baptism?

Baptism is a sacrament of the new covenant, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission of the person baptized into the visible church; but also, to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, of his ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in newness of life. Which sacrament is, by Christ’s own appointment, to be continued in his church until the end of the world. (WCF 28.1)

Meditation

Little children, listen to me.

Lucas, Hannah, Isaac, and Karis —

We want you to know and believe that the Lord your God loves you. He knew you before you were born. He knew when you would be born. He knew which parents would raise you. He knew who you would be. He knows what you would become and what you will do with the life he has given you. He knows everything about you. And he loves you.

The Lord your God has a plan for your life. He says, “I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me with all your hear, you will find me. I will be found by you.”

The Lord your God has a purpose for your life. He wants you to worship your Savior Jesus Christ. And he wants you become like Jesus. And he wants you to tell other people about Jesus. So he gives you the gift of the Holy Spirit, to help you do all these things.

The Lord your God has made promises for you. He promises to write his word on your heart and mind. He promises to be your God and to make you his people. He promises that you will know him. He promises to show you mercy and forget all your sins.

Baptism is God’s sign and seal to you and for you that the Lord your God is a promise-maker and a promise-keeper.

Vows

Now, I ask the parents of these children to answer the following questions:

  1. Do you acknowledge your children’s need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, and the renewing grace of the Holy Spirit?
  2. Do you claim God’s covenant promises in their behalf, and do you look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation, as you do for your own?
  3. Do you now unreservedly devote your children to God?
  4. Do you promise, in humble reliance upon divine grace, that you will endeavor to set before them a godly example, that you will pray with and for them, that you will teach them the doctrines of our holy religion, and that you will strive, by all the means of God’s appointment, to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?

Now, I ask the congregation to stand — and answer the following question: Do you as a congregation of the Lord Jesus Christ undertake the responsibility of assisting these parents in the Christian nurture of their children? If so, signify by saying “Amen!”

Water Baptism 

Karis, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The Lord make you tender hearted and kind from now on.

Lucas, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord make you strong and courageous from now on.

Hannah, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord make you abound in every good work from now on.

Isaac, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord make you wise and fill you with laughter from now on.

Little children, know that the Lord God has put his Name on your body and soul, and that he has written your names on his hands. You are his and He is yours. According to the covenant of grace you shall be his children, he shall be your Father and Jesus shall be your brother, and the Holy Spirit shall be the seal of your adoption into God’s family.

Let us pray.

O Lord, who created these children, and knit them together in their mother’s womb, take away from them all fear of man, the devil, and the world, for you promised to redeem them; you have called them by name, they are yours. When they passed through the waters, you were with them and they were not swallowed by them, for you are the Lord their God, the Holy One of Israel, their Savior. Now, grant them the saving grace to turn from sin and trust in Christ all the days of their life. All this we ask in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

There is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. And grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 

Aaron’s Blessing by Fernando Ortega

May the Lord bless you and keep you
May the Lord bless you and keep you )

May the Lord make His Face to shine on you
May the Lord make His Face to shine on you )

And be Gracious to you
And be Gracious to you )

May the Lord lift His Countenance on you
( May the Lord lift His Countenance on you )

May the Lord lift His Countenance on you
( May the Lord lift His Countenance on you )

May He keep you in Perfect Peace
May He keep you in Perfect Peace