Holy Communion with Baptism

 

HOLY COMMUNION
WITH BAPTISM

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church.

The service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us. Our ‘drowning’ in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home vividly by the way the baptism is administered. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit, as Jesus was at his baptism. And as a sign of that new life, there may be a lighted candle, a picture of the light of Christ conquering the darkness of evil. Everyone who is baptized walks in that light for the rest of their lives.

As you pray for the candidates, picture them with yourself and the whole Church throughout the ages, journeying into the fullness of God’s love.

Jesus said, ‘I came that they may have life,
and have it abundantly.’  John 10:10

                                    Welcome, Reading of Banns, and Introduction

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

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.
Here we are washed by the Holy Spirit and made clean.
Here we are clothed with Christ,
dying to sin that we may live a risen life.
As children of God, we have a new dignity
and God calls us to fullness of life. 

Shine Jesus Shine

 

Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

Lord, I come to your awesome presence
From the shadows into your radiance
By the blood I may enter your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
Shine on me, shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

As we gaze on your kingly brightness
So our faces display your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell your story
Shine on me, shine on me

Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light

                                                                            The Collect

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 forever.
Amen

                                                                       The Gospel Reading

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you, O Lord

John 17:6-19
‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that* you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost,* so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.* I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.* They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.  (John 17:6-19)

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 
Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon

Be still, for the presence of the Lord

Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The holy One, is here;
Come bow before him now
With reverence and fear
In him no sin is found
We stand on holy ground.
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The holy One, is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
With splendour he is crowned:
How awesome is the sight
Our radiant king of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place:
He comes to cleanse and heal,
To minister his grace -
No work too hard for him.
In faith receive from him.
Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place.

                                                      Presentation of the Candidates

The candidates, parents and Godparents are invited to come forward.

The president addresses the whole congregation

Faith is the gift of God to his people.

In baptism the Lord is adding to our number
those whom he is calling.

People of God, will you welcome Kym and Eva and uphold them in their new life in Christ?
With the help of God, we will.


Parents and godparents, the Church receives Kym and Eva with joy. 
Today we are trusting God for their growth in faith.

Will you pray for them, 

draw them by your example into the community of faith
and walk with them in the way of Christ? 
With the help of God, we will.

In baptism Kym and Eva begin their journey in faith. 
You speak with and for them today.

Will you care for them,
and help them to take their place
within the life and worship of Christ’s Church?
With the help of God, we will.

                                                                                    The Decision

The president addresses Kym directly and Eva through her parents and godparents.

In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light. To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him. Therefore I ask:

Do you turn to Christ?
I turn to Christ.

Do you repent of your sins?
I repent of my sins.

Do you renounce evil?
I renounce evil.

The president makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of each candidate saying:

Christ claims you for his own.
Receive the sign of his cross.

Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified.
Fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ 
against sin, the world and the devil,
and remain faithful to Christ to the end of your life.

May almighty God deliver you from the powers of darkness, restore in you the image of his glory,

and lead you in the light and obedience of Christ.
Amen.

                                                                      Prayer Over the Water

The minister and candidates gather at the baptismal font.

We praise you, loving Father, 
for the gift of your Son Jesus. 
He was baptized in the River Jordan, 
where your Spirit came upon him 
and revealed him as the Son you love.  
He sent his followers to baptize all who turn to him.  
Now, Father, we ask you to bless this water, 
that those who are baptized in it 
may be cleansed in the water of life and filled with your Spirit, 
and may know that they are loved as your children, 
safe in Christ for ever.  
Amen.

                                                                                Profession of Faith

Let us affirm, together our faith in Jesus Christ.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, 
source of all being and life, 
the one for whom we exist?                                  
I believe and trust in him.            

Do you believe and trust in God the Son, 
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?                           
I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, 
who gives life to the people of God 
and makes Christ known in the world?          
I believe and trust in him.                

This is the faith of the Church,              
This is our faith.                            
We believe and trust in one God, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The president pours water on each candidate, saying
 I baptize you 
in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Eva and Kym.
May God, who has received you by baptism into his Church, 
pour upon you the riches of his grace,

that within the company of Christ’s pilgrim people

you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit,
and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory.
Amen.

                                                                      The Welcome and Peace

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism:
by one Spirit we are all Baptised into one body.
Eva and Kym we welcome you into the fellowship of faith;
we are children of the same heavenly Father;
we welcome you.

We are all one in Christ Jesus.
We belong to him through faith, 
heirs of the promise of the Spirit of peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
and also with you.

                                                                         Prayers of Intercession

We thank you that you have claimed for yourself
those who have been washed in the waters of rebirth:
Uphold them in this new life,
that they may ever remain steadfast in faith,
joyful in hope and rooted in your love.
Father of life,
make known your glory.
Pour out your blessing on all your people.
May our hearts ever praise you,
and find perfect rest in you.
Grant us the freedom of your service
and peace in doing your will.
Father of life,
make known your glory.

The whole creation is filled with the light of your grace.
Dispel the darkness of our hearts, and forgive our sins and negligence,
that we may come at last to the light of your glory.
Father of life,
make known your glory.

A token representing the money collected for God’s work is taken to the communion table.  Please use the QR coed on the gate if you would like to contribute.)

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is right to praise you, Father, Lord of all creation;
in your love you made us for yourself.

When we turned away
you did not reject us,
but came to meet us in your Son.
You embraced us as your children
and welcomed us to come and eat with you.

In Christ you shared our life
that we might live in him and he in us.
He opened his arms of love upon the cross
and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.

On the night he was betrayed,
at supper with his friends
he took bread, and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
his body is the bread of life.

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,
he gave you thanks and said:
Drink this, all of you, this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;
do this in remembrance of me.
Father, we do this in remembrance of him:
his blood is shed for all.

As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory,
Send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine
May be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

As we eat and drink these holy gifts
Make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.

With your whole church throughout the world
We offer you this sacrifice of praise
And lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

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


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.

Our Father, who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done, 
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

Draw near with faith.
Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you,
and his blood which he shed for you.
Eat and drink
in remembrance that he died for you, 
and feed on him in your hearts
by faith with thanksgiving.
If you do not wish to take communion we warmly welcome you to receive a prayer of blessing. 

During the distribution we listen to or sing the following hymn.   

The Lord’s My Shepherd

The Lord's my Shepherd I'll not want 
He makes me lie in pastures green 
He leads me by the still, still waters 
His goodness restores my soul 

And I will trust in You alone 
And I will trust in You alone 
For Your endless mercy follows me 
Your goodness will lead me home 

He guides my ways in righteousness 
And He anoints my head with oil 
And my cup it overflows with joy 
I feast on His pure delights 

And I will trust in You alone 
And I will trust in You alone 
For Your endless mercy follows me 
Your goodness will lead me home 

And though I walk the darkest path 
I will not fear the evil one 
For You are with me 
And Your rod and staff 
Are the comfort I need to know 

And I will trust in You alone 
And I will trust in You alone 
For Your endless mercy follows me 
Your goodness will lead me home 

Descant 
I will trust I will trust in You 
I will trust I will trust in You alone
For your endless mercy follows me 
Your goodness will lead me home                                                      

                                                                     Prayer after Communion

Eternal God, our beginning and our end,
preserve in your people the new life of baptism;
as Christ receives us on earth,
so may he guide us through the trials of this world
and enfold us in the joy of heaven, where you live and reign,
one God for ever and ever.
Amen

                                                                              The Blessing

The God of all grace,
who called you to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus,
establish, strengthen and settle you in the faith;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.  Amen

The candidates are given a lighted candle.

God has delivered us from the dominion of darkness
and has given us a place with the saints in light.
You have received the light of Christ
walk in this light all the days of your life.
Shine as a light in the world
to the glory of God the Father.

Go in the light and peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

One More Step Along The Road

One more step along the world I go,
one more step along the world I go;
from the old things to the new
keep me traveling along with you:

Refrain:
And it's from the old I travel to the new;
keep me traveling along with you.


Round the corner of the world I turn,
more and more about the world I learn;
all the new things that I see
you'll be looking at along with me:

As I travel through the bad and good,
keep me traveling the way I should;
where I see no way to go
you'll be telling me the way, I know:

Give me courage when the world is rough,
keep me loving though the world is tough;
leap and sing in all I do,
keep me traveling along with you:

You are older than the world can be,
you are younger than the life in me;
ever old and ever new,
keep me travelling along with you:


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