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of God’s final deliverance as abundant water (Is 41: 17-20); Ezk 47: 1-9). When Jesus came, he spoke of giving people “living water” which is the gift of the Spirit (Jn 4:10; 7: 37-38). Today god continues to act with power through the waters of baptism.


THE CHILD IS BAPTIZED After the profession of faith, the minister asks the WITH WATER & IN THE parents again if they want the child to be baptized. NAME OF THE FATHER, When they say “yes” the minister begins the SON, AND SPIRIT


baptism. He/she takes water and baptizes the child saying, “N…, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The minister pours the water over the head of the child as he says each name. The is done in a total immersion pool if that is used in the ceremony,


A CHRISTIAN NAME IS The priest addresses the child with his/her new GIVEN AS A SIGN THAT Christian name. In the scripture, a new name is THE CHILD BELONGS TO GOD


Mt 16: 13-20


given to Abram when he accepts God’s invitation to be the father of Israel. This marked a change in


Abram. He now belonged to the Lord. In baptism the child receives a name and is claimed by God. He/she is made a new creation and is given a new purpose in life.


OUR RELATIONSHIP We are baptized in the name of the Father because it WITH THE FATHER, SON,AND SPIRIT IS FOREVER


is through baptism that we become children of God. We are baptized in the name of the Son because in


baptism we die and rise with Jesus. We are baptized in the name of the Spirit because in baptism the Spirit testifies in us and in God that our new relationship with God is true. Through baptism we enter into a relationship with God the Father, Son and Spirit. This relationship is forever.


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