Minister: Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Addressing the person to be baptized: Do you offer your child to God and his church, asking that she be baptized?
Addressing the congregation:
Hear how our Savior instituted the holy sacrament of baptism, as it is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew:
And 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, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Addressing the person to be baptized:
Since our Lord has instituted this holy sacrament of baptism, and has commanded as you have just heard that it should be administered to all who believe in him; and since you have expressed your desire to receive it in testimony to your faith, we now administer it to you.
The Apostle Paul teaches that prayers are to be said for all, “for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God, who desires that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth through Jesus Christ, who gave himself for all.”
Since we should pray for others, let us pray for this child, humbly, and with all our hearts.
Almighty God, eternal Father, who has promised us in your goodness to be our God, and the God of our children, as you are the God of Abraham and of his children, and in Jesus Christ whom you have sent; we ask you to give your Holy Spirit to this child, presented in your presence. Receive her, O God, into the covenant of your grace, so she may know you as her God; so she may adore and serve only you and may live and die in you: so that this baptism that we administer on earth may be a sign that she is truly baptized into the death of your Son, and into newness of life acceptable to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Addressing the person to be baptized:
Hear the Gospel that teaches us the love of Christ our Savior toward children:
“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”
Since, then, our Lord received and blessed the children who were brought to him, we receive into his church this child through baptism, and pray to God to give her his blessing.
You who offer this child to be baptized: remember that God must be served in spirit and in truth. In presenting her for baptism, you promise before God and this congregation, that you will be careful as her father and mother, first and principally with the help of the whole church, to teacher her the Word of God, and the Christian faith which we now confess in the Apostles’ Creed:
And you promise you will teach her to worship the only true God, to call upon him in prayer, to give all glory to him for all good, and to acknowledge that all her rightesouness is in Christ Jesus, and all her strength in the sanctification of the Holy Spirit, so that her whole life may be lived for the glory of God and for the upbuilding of her neighbor.
Are these your promises?
The parents shall say: We do.
The minister shall say:
The Lord give you grace faithfully to keep them.
The minister shall then baptize the person, naming her, and saying,
Name, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
May God give you grace to remember constantly the profession of faith you have embraced. May he ratify in heaven what we have done in his name and in his church on earth, and give you his blessing now and evermore.
Let us pray.
Gracious God and Father of all mercies! We bless you that you have called us to know you, and especially that you have given grace to name to enter into covenant with you by baptism. Grant, O merciful God, that she may constantly persevere in this faith. May her faith grow as she grows. Sanctify her through your truth, and make him fruitful in knowledge and in faith, in holiness and peace, all the days of her life. Defend her with your heavenly grace, that she may continue yours forever, and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, until he/she comes to your everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Go in peace, and serve the Lord.
Adapted by M.D. Bush