Monday, August 15, 2016

A Baptismal Ordo for Pentecost 14 (21 August 2016)

Because we are celebrating Leif's baptism, We have chosen to replace the readings for Pentecost 14 with a selection from the suggested baptismal readings in the Book of Alternative Services.

The fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost:
The Baptism of Leif Alexander Nilsen Sykanda
21 August 2016

The Gathering of the Community

Entrance Hymn

‘Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters’ Common Praise #35


Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,
the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation. [i]

There is one body and one Spirit,
there is one hope in God’s call to us;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
one God and Father of all.

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

Living God,
you formed us in the womb
and appointed us to be prophets to the nations:
stretch out your hand to cure our infirmity and dispel our fear,
so that we may know the freedom of serving you in Christ
and proclaim the wonders you have done.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from the prophet Ezekiel (36.24-28).

34.24 I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land.  25 I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.  26 A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  27 I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.  28 Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm of the Day

‘How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place’  Common Praise #498 (metrical setting of Psalm 84)

The Second Reading

A Reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans (8.14-17).

8.14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.  15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”  16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ — if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn before the Gospel

‘You Are God’s Work of Art’  Common Praise #39 vv. 1, 2

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (1.9-11).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

1.9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.  11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Hymn after the Gospel

‘You Are God’s Work of Art’  Common Praise #39 vv. 3

The Sermon

The Baptism

The Presentation and Examination of the Candidates

The candidates for Holy Baptism will now be presented.
(Parents and sponsors)  I present Leif Alexander Nilsen Sykanda to receive the sacrament of baptism.

Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is nurtured in the faith and life of the Christian community?
(Parents and sponsors)  I will, with God’s help.

Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?
(Parents and sponsors)  I will, with God’s help.

Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?
(Parents and sponsors)I renounce them.

Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?
(Parents and sponsors) I renounce them.

Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?
(Parents and sponsors)  I renounce them.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Saviour?
(Parents and sponsors) I do.

Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?
(Parents and sponsors)  I do.

Do you promise to obey him as your Lord?
(Parents and sponsors) I do.

Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support Leif Alexander in their life of faith?
(All)  We will.

Prayers for the Candidates

The Deacon invites the Community to pray for the Candidates.

Let us now pray for this child who are to receive the sacrament of new birth.

The Person appointed leads the Prayers.

Deliver him, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Open his hearts to your grace and truth.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Fill him with your holy and life-giving Spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Teach him to love others in the power of the Spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Send him into the world in witness to your love.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Bring him to the fullness of your peace and glory.
Lord, hear our prayer.

Grant, O Lord,
that all who are baptized
into the death of Jesus Christ your Son
may live in the power of his resurrection
and look for him to come again in glory;
who lives and reigns now and for ever.  Amen.

Thanksgiving over the Water

The Presider blesses the water.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Holy God, holy and merciful, holy and mighty,
you are the river of life, you are the everlasting wellspring,
you are the fire of rebirth.

Glory to you for oceans and lakes, for rivers and streams.
Honour to you for cloud and rain, for dew and snow.
Your waters are below us, around us, above us:  our life is born in you.
You are the fountain of resurrection.

Praise to you for your saving waters: 
Noah and the animals survive the flood,
Hagar discovers your well. 
The Israelites escape through the sea, and they drink from your gushing rock. 
Naaman washes his leprosy away,
and the Samaritan woman will never be thirsty again.

At this font, Holy God, we pray: 
Praise to you for the water of baptism
and for your Word that saves us in this water. 
Breathe your Spirit into all who are gathered here and into all creation. 
Illumine our days.  Enliven our bones.  Dry our tears. 
Wash away the sin within us, and drown the evil around us.

Satisfy all our thirst with your living water, Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen. [iii]

The Baptismal Covenant

The Presider and the Deacon share in asking the questions of the Covenant.

Do you believe in God the Father?
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
I believe in Jesus Christ,
God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
I believe in God the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.  Amen.

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you persevere in resisting evil and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbour as yourself?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
I will, with God’s help.

Will you strive to safeguard the integrity of God’s creation, and respect, sustain and renew the life of the Earth?
I will, with God’s help.

The Baptism

Leif Alexander, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Leif Alexander, you are sealed with the Spirit in baptism and marked as Christ’s own for ever.  Amen.

Heavenly Father,
we thank you that be water and the Holy Spirit
you have bestowed upon this your servant
the forgiveness of sin,
and have raised him to the new life of grace.
Sustain him, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit.
Give him an inquiring and discerning heart,
the courage to will and to persevere,
a spirit to know and to love you,
and the gift of joy and wonder
in all your works.  Amen.

The Giving of the Light

Receive the light of Christ,
to show that you have passed from darkness to light.
Let your light so shine before others
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven.

Let us welcome the newly baptized.
We receive you into the household of God.
Confess the faith of Christ crucified,
proclaim his resurrection,
and share with us in his eternal priesthood.

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

Offertory Hymn

‘Crashing Waters at Creation’  Common Praise #42 (sung to #88)

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of mercy and grace,
the eyes of all wait upon you,
and you open your hand in blessing.
Fill us with good things at your table,
so that we may come to the help of all in need,
through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and Lord.  Amen. [iv]

The Thanksgiving at the Table

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right that we should praise you, gracious God,
for you created all things. 
You formed us in your own image: 
male and female you created us. 
When we turned away from you in sin,
you did not cease to care for us,
but opened a path of salvation for all people. 
You made a covenant with Israel,
and through your servants Abraham and Sarah
gave the promise of a blessing to all nations. 
Through Moses you led your people from bondage into freedom;
through the prophets you renewed your promise of salvation. 
Therefore, with them, and with all your saints
who have served you in every age,
we give thanks and raise our voices
to proclaim the glory of your name.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. [v]

Holy God, source of life and goodness,
all creation rightly gives you praise. 
In the fullness of time, you sent your Son Jesus Christ,
to share our human nature,
to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you,
the God and Creator of all. 
He healed the sick
and ate and drank with outcasts and sinners;
he opened the eyes of the blind
and proclaimed the good news of your kingdom
to the poor and to those in need. 
In all things he fulfilled your gracious will.

On the night he freely gave himself to death,
our Lord Jesus Christ took bread,
and when he had given thanks to you,
he broke it, and gave it to his disciples,
and said, “Take, eat:  this is my body which is given for you. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine;
and when he had given thanks,
he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: 
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins. 
Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Gracious God,
his perfect sacrifice destroys the power of sin and death;
by raising him to life you give us life for evermore. 

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith. 
Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will comes again.

Recalling his death,
proclaiming his resurrection,
and looking for his coming again in glory,
we offer you, O Holy One of Israel, this bread and this cup. 
Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts,
so that all who eat and drink at this table
may be one body and one holy people,
a living sacrifice in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory is yours, Source of all life, now and for ever.  Amen. [vi]

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
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.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread

‘I am the bread of life,’ says the Lord.
‘Whoever comes to me will never be hungry;
whoever believes in me will never thirst.’
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
happy are they who trust in him!

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.


Hymn after Communion

‘As Longs the Hart for Flowing Streams’  Common Praise #541

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

Gracious God,
in this meal you have drawn us to your heart,
and nourished us at your table with food and drink,
the body and blood of Christ.
Now send us forth to be your people in the world,
and to proclaim your truth this day and evermore,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [vii]

Closing Hymn

‘More Than We Can Ask or Imagine’  Common Praise #86

The Dismissal

The Deacon sends the People forth with a Dismissal for the occasion.

[i] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 95.

[ii] Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and Seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion’ (2016), 138.

[iii] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 71.

[iv] The Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion,’ 160.

[v] Common Praise #732.

[vi] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 193-195 alt.

[vii] The Liturgy Task Force, ‘Trial Use Collects for Years A, B & C and seasonal Prayers over the Gifts and after Communion,’ 163.

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