December 22, 2014

Baptism

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At Parkway UCC, we celebrate baptism for people of all ages. Baptism is open to members and non-members.

The Sacrament of Baptism symbolizes the love by which God reaches out to us even when we are very young. Whenever we baptize an infant, child, teenager or adult, we are declaring that God loves that person and we offer ourselves as one of the instruments of that love in her/his life.

Baptism is a moment in the Christian community when we recognize the grace of God living in every creation. God offers us the possibility of transformation, a continuing process of renewal of body, mind and spirit, which takes place within faith communities.

The Sacrament of Baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Children and adults are brought before God and the church community so that we might celebrate the fact that they have been enfolded in God’s arms and accepted into the care of Christ’s church – and so that, together, we might commit ourselves to one another to grow into discipleship.

We promise “our love, support and care” in the liturgy when someone is baptized.

At the conclusion of each baptism, we sing this song together:

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.
I was there when you were but a child,
with a faith to suit you well;
In a blaze of light you wandered off
to find where demons dwell.

When you heard the wonder of the Word
I was there to cheer you on;
You were raised to praise the living Lord,
to whom you now belong.
If you find someone to share your time
and you join your hearts as one,
I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme
from dusk “till rising sun.”

In the middle ages of your life,
not too old, no longer young,
I’ll be there to guide you through the night,
complete what I’ve begun.
When the evening gently closes in,
and you shut your weary eyes,
I’ll be there as I have always been
with just one more surprise.”

I was there to hear your borning cry,
I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized,
to see your life unfold.