Community of Christ

Baptism Ideas

> Let God Find You

Praise Songs

“Though The Spirits Gifts Are Many”  CCS 334
“For All the Saints”  CCS 331

Welcome

*Hymn: “Sing Praise for Rain That Washes Earth”  CCS 494

*Invocation

Lord of our lives, loves, and desires, please help us to center our hearts on you today. Fill us with the joy you have seeing another one of your children come home. Invite us into your sanctuary and lead our praise. May your kingdom come and your will be done in us as we worship this day. Help us to love you more dearly. In the name of Jesus, amen.

Scripture Meditation: Matthew 3:13–17

Reading

Get Lost, Be Found

Travel the known path, pilgrim;
however, if you do,
you will see nothing new
you will see nothing at all—
except your small
destination.
Journey the mysterious
unknown, curious
you’ll be led to pause
by the journey itself as it draws
you in.
There you will know, not where
you go, but how you flow
from one moment to another.
This, I vow, will allow
you the time
to ponder the pond, spy the sparrow,
heed the road—so wide, so narrow.
In the here and the now, in the near and the far,
get lost, then be found where you are.        --Lu Mountenay

*Hymn: “I Sought the Lord”  CCS 175 OR “Teach Me God To Wonder”  CCS 176

Charge to the Candidate(s)

The charge should refer to God’s unrelenting grace and the preciousness of each and every person in God’s sight. No matter what a person has done in the past or what choices they have made, God always loves, forgives, and receives each one. Baptism is the symbol of God’s never-ending claim on each person.

Congregation Prayer and Share

Congregation members will be asked to offer prayers for the candidate. They might ask that the candidate learn to use their weakness for God’s glory through the gift of repentance. The sharing could include brief statements of support for the candidate.

*Hymn: “Lord Jesus, of You I Will Sing”  CCS 556 OR “Companions on the Journey”  CCS 552

Responsive Scripture Reading

Leader: Yea, blessed is this people who are willing to bear my name; for in my name shall they
be called; and they are mine.

People: And they that will hear my voice shall be my sheep; and they shall you receive into the
church; and they will I also receive.

Leader: For, behold, this is my church: whoever is baptized shall be baptized unto repentance.

Males: For it is I that takes upon me the sins of the world;

Females: …for it is I that created them;

Leader: …and it is I that grants unto him that believes in the end, a place at my right hand.

People :For behold, in my name are they called.

—Mosiah 11:125–132 adapted

Baptism of the Candidate(s)

Congratulations to the Candidate(s)

*Closing Hymn: “Your Cause Be Mine”  CCS 639 OR “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing”  CCS 648

*Sending Forth

You are my friends if you do what I command you…. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.—John 15:14, 16

> Walking With Jesus

Baptismal Service

Galatians 3:27-28; Romans 12:1-2; Doctrine and Covenants 163:2a; Doctrine and Covenants 163:2b

Prelude

Welcome

Hymn of Joy

“Praise with Joy the World’s Creator” CCS 57
OR “Halle, Halle, Hallelujah” CCS 86
OR “For the Music of Creation” CCS 97  

Invocation

Response

Hear God’s Call

Focus Scripture Passage: Galatians 3:27-28

Prayer for Peace

Read or base prayer on Doctrine and Covenants 163:2a

Peace Candle is lit as Music Ministry is offered

Ministry of Music

“O Christ Who by a Cross” CCS 315
OR “Peace Salaam Shalom” CCS 310
OR “O God of Love, Grant Us Your Peace” CCS 316
Instrumental or small group  

Learn the Sacred Story

Focus Moment: We Share a Mission

Share and discuss the book We Share. Community of Christ Enduring Principles, beliefs, and mission come alive through this book in brightly engaging illustrations and lyrical English, Spanish and French phrases for children and adults. (We Share by Monica Bradford, © 2012, Herald Publishing House, ISBN 9780830915224.)

Or show the video “Change Your Life, Change the World”
http://www.cofchrist.org/resources?tags=English-Home-Resource#/1238/change-your-life,-change-the-world

Hymn of Mission  

“Community of Christ” CCS 354
OR “Christ, You Call Us All to Service” CCS 357
OR “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” CCS 367

Charge to the Candidate and Congregation

Base comments on Galatians 3:27-28

Become a Disciple of Jesus Christ

Blessings of Community - A Litany of Thanksgiving

Leader: We give thanks for this special day.  We remember not only the uniqueness of
    (name of baptismal candidate) but also how important each of us is to the other.
All: We are grateful for the gifts of one another.
Leader: We are deeply thankful for the present moment and for all the memories of our shared
    life together.  We look forward in hope to the future.
All: Let us be loving in our journey together.
Leader: We give thanks for the church family. This is where (name of baptismal candidate) and all others can find acceptance for themselves as they are.
All: Let grace abound in this community.
Leader: We give thanks for being able to care for one another.  We give thanks for times of play
    and fun together.  We give thanks for work and study and for sharing in worship.  We
    give thanks for all the things that are a part of being the church.
All: Let our life together include and strengthen (name of baptismal candidate).  Let (his/her) life enrich ours.
Leader:  Beloved, let us love one another.
All:  For love is God.

Worship Resources for the Sacraments (Adapted) ©1989 Herald Publishing House

Hymn of Commitment

“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” CCS 499
Or “With Water Flowing Freely” CCS 502

Sacrament of Baptism

Our Generous Response

Base comments on Romans 12:1-2 and the idea that God is generous by nature.  Include thoughts that God’s creation bears testimony of abundance and increase.  We are called as disciples to be generous as well.  Disciples of Jesus Christ give of themselves generously because they have taken on themselves the nature of Christ.    

(From “Walking With Jesus-Disciples in Community of Christ” Herald Publishing House ©2001)

Blessing and Receiving of Mission Tithes

Share Your Witness

Hymn of Response  

“Christ’s Partners All Are We” CCS 630
OR “Community of Joy” CCS 631
OR “God of Grace and God of Glory” CCS 624

Sending Forth – Doctrine and Covenants 163:2b

Postlude


> Expanding Our Community through Baptism

Doctrine and Covenants 161:1b

Welcome

Introduce candidates

Nineteenth-century American poet, Oliver Wendell Holmes, describes the spiral-shelled home of the chambered nautilus. The creature starts off in a small chamber, and as it grows, it leaves its old dwelling place behind and grows into a new and larger chamber. As we enter our new life with Christ, we leave some old ways behind and expand into a new, loving, and welcoming community.  Part of his poem goes like this:

    Year after year beheld the silent toil
    That spread his lustrous coil;
    Still, as the spiral grew,
    He left the past year’s dwelling for the new…
    Built up its idle door,
    Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more…

    Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
    As the swift seasons roll!
    Leave thy low-vaulted past!
    Let each new temple, nobler than the last…
    Till thou at length art free,
    Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea.

    from “The Chambered Nautilus” by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Gathering Music

Guitar or Flute, if possible

During the music have worshipers form a line and then gather them into a loose spiral formation. Have helpers practice this before the service and then guide the people. Presider stands in the center of the spiral. Invite the baptism candidate(s) to enter the spiral and walk to the center as the people sing the American spiritual:  “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian in My Heart.”(see end of service)

Centering Prayer

After the prayer, have the candidates follow the spiral path of their outward journey as the people sing:

“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” CCS 499
 OR “We Are One in the Spirit” CCS 359

Have the spiral relax into a semi-circle around the baptism site.

Scripture Passage

Doctrine and Covenants 161:1b

Challenge to the Candidates

Share brief remarks on the nature of the sacrament. Challenge the congregation and candidate focusing on the personal commitment of the candidate and the corporate responsibility to support and nurture the new disciple.

Community of Christ THE PRIESTHOOD MANUAL, 2004 Edition

Congregational Hymn

“This Is a Day of New Beginnings” CCS 495
OR “Sing Praise for Rain That Washes Earth” CCS 494
OR “Yo quiero ser” CCS 498

Affirming Moment

Have the candidate(s) stand in the center of the people. Ask several members of the congregation to give statements of support for the candidates, individually or as a group.

Sacrament of Baptism

As candidates go into the water, the congregation sings

“Come as a Child” stanza 1 CCS 503
OR “In My Life Lord, Be Glorified” stanza 1 CCS 602

As they come out of the water, the congregation sings:

“Come as a Child” stanza 2 CCS 503
OR “In My Life Lord, Be Glorified” stanza 2 CCS 602

Response of the Community

Leader:  We share our community with (names of those newly baptized)  
Congregation: We welcome you with love and joy.
Leader:  We stand as a community built on faith in our Redeemer
Congregation: A community of disciples who serve and share.
Leader: Join us, the body of Christ—
Congregation: Join our expanding, loving, and sharing community.

Hymn

“With Water Freely Flowing” CCS 502
OR “Come as a Child” CCS 503
OR “In This New Moment” CCS 504
OR “Spirit of the Living God” CCS 567

Commission

“We have expanded our community, made stronger by (names of those newly baptized).  Turning outward we go out to expand our community by sharing the Peace of Jesus Christ.”  Give out a visual reminder of the service – a postcard or other representation of the Temple spiral to the new members as well as those in the congregation.

Sending Forth

“Go Forth” CCS 654
OR “May the God of Hope” CCS 652
OR “Shalom chaverim” CCS 653

> Jesus Loves Me

Baptismal Service

Philippians 4:4; Galatians 3:28; 1 John 4:19; Matthew 28:18-20

Create a worship center with various representations of Jesus.  Be sure to include pictures and artists that show different ethnicities and images of Jesus.  The worship setting can also include images of the child or children who are being baptized and items they have chosen that represent the commitment they are choosing to make.

A slide show of the child or children and special moments in their life can also be created and shown during the prelude.

Prelude

Song Service

“All Things Bright and Beautiful” CCS 135
“Jesus Loves Me” CCS 251
“God Forgave My Sin in Jesus’ Name” CCS 627

Welcome

Call to Worship

Left Side:

Rejoice in the Lord always
And again I say rejoice
Rejoice in the Lord always
And again I say rejoice

Right Side:

Rejoice, rejoice
And again I say rejoice
Rejoice, rejoice
And again I say rejoice 

based on Philippians 4:4 adapted - Of Water and Spirit –©2013 Herald Publishing House

Hymn of Joy:  “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” CCS 99
OR “Earth and All Stars” CCS 102

Invocation

Response

Prayer for Peace – Can be read by baptismal candidate(s)

Creative and Nurturing God, you created the world with great love and compassion, and saw that it was good.  You created us and blessed us with gifts and hopes and dreams!

You gave us Jesus as an example of how to live a life dedicated to peace.  Help us to be your hands on Earth and build communities of joy, hope, love and peace.  Amen.

Based on writings from Of Water and Spirit- ©2013 Herald Publishing House

OR Show the Video – Peace through All People
http://www.cofchrist.org/resources?tags=English-Home-Resource#/930/peace-through-all-people

Have baptismal candidate(s) light the peace candle as congregation sings  

“Let There Be Peace on Earth” CCS 307

Focus Moment – Baptismal Joy (see explanation of object lesson below)

Charge to Congregation and Candidate(s) – Based on Galatians 3:28

Statements of Support

Have two or three members of the congregation share statements of support and hopes for the baptismal candidate(s).  

Hymn of Preparation

“Come as a Child” CCS 503
OR “With Water Freely Flowing” CCS 502

Sacrament of Baptism

Ministry of Music – Children’s Voices: “Jesus Loves Me” CCS 251
OR Duet or Quartet: “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” CCS 254

Disciples’ Generous Response – Based on 1 John 4:19

Everything we have is of God’s love for us.  We can only return God’s love and be a blessing to others because God loved and blessed us first.  God loves us generously and wants us to love others in the same way.  As disciples, we receive God’s love and our response is to generously share that love with others.

(Based on writings from Of Water and Spirit - ©2013 Herald Publishing House)

Blessing and Receiving of Mission Tithes

Hymn of Sending Forth

“I Have Called You by Your Name” CCS 636
OR “Go, My Children, with My Blessing” CCS 650

Sending Forth – Matthew 28:18-20

Postlude


Baptismal Joy Object lesson

Prepare a bowl or bag filled with construction paper hearts that have been cut out and have the following words printed on them: Pray; Study; Forgive; Love; Share; Water; Follow; Hope

Explain that today is a special day because (name of candidate) has decided to be baptized. This decision is one that will bring a lot of joy to (name of candidate) as well as our church family.  In my bowl or bag I have some hearts with words written on them that will help (name of candidate) as they journey with Jesus and as we journey together as a church family.

Have children or congregation members pull hearts out one by one and discuss the words written on the hearts.  The following prompts can be written on the back of the hearts as conversation starters:

  • Pray - What or Who should we pray for? When should we pray?
  • Study - How do we learn the stories of Jesus?  
  • Forgive - Do you ever get angry with others? What do you need to do then? Ask God to forgive us.
  • Love - Love our neighbors. Who is our neighbor? Everyone is important.
  • Share - Jesus with others-How? Tell others about God’s love.  Bring friends to church, camp, and reunion.
  • Water - What do we use water for at home? (Cleaning) In baptism it symbolizes washing away the old and beginning with a clean start.
  • Follow - Disciples respond when Jesus says, “Follow me.”
  • Hope - Being a follower of Jesus means we have hope even in rough times.

If you wish, these hearts may be glued to a poster board and congregation members may sign the board with words of encouragement and love. The poster may be given to the baptismal candidate at the end of the service.  (If there are several baptismal candidates, be sure to have copies of the hearts with words printed on them.)

> Sanctuary within the Walls of Community

Baptism Service

Doctrine and Covenants 164:3c

Gathering Music

Gather into a circle or semi-circle around the baptismal area. Guitar or flute and drum provide gathering music.

Welcome

Call to Worship

Invite everyone to join hands.

We have made a sanctuary with walls of community.
People walls—not for keeping out, but for welcoming in
Loving walls—with open doors and open hearts

Everyone releases hands to create “doorways”

Spiritual walls— a place to call home
Sanctuary walls—a place of peace and protection

(drum beats several measures of a heartbeat)

We have come today to add another beat (or two or three) to our community heart, with the baptism of (name of person being baptized) into our community.”

Hymn of Unity  include drum beat

“Who Is My Mother, Who Is My Brother?” CCS 336
OR “Let Us Build a House” CCS 276

Prayer

Scripture Challenge: Doctrine and Covenants 164:3c

Affirming Moment

Have the candidates stand in the center of the circle. Ask several members of the congregation to give statements of support for the candidates, individually or as a group.

Hymn of Joy

“Wind upon the Waters” stanzas 1-3 (drum accompaniment) CCS 49

Charge to the Baptismal Candidates

Sacrament of Baptism

As the candidates enter the water, the congregation sings:

“God, Renew Us by Your Spirit” stanza 1 CCS 237

As the newly baptized disciples come out of the water, the congregation sings:

“God, Renew Us by Your Spirit” stanza 2 CCS 237

Response of the Community (Drum beating as a heartbeat)

Leader:  We welcome (names of newly baptized) into our community.
Congregation: We welcome you with love and joy.
Leader:  We stand as a sanctuary built on faith in Christ
Congregation: A sanctuary of disciples who serve
Leader: Join us, the body of Christ—
Congregation: Our hearts beating as one.

Hymn

“God, Renew Us by Your Spirit” stanzas 3 and 4 CCS 237

Missioning

“Face outward from the circle, which is wider now and made stronger by (names of newly baptized).  Renewed by God and strengthened by the community, we go outside these walls to serve and heal.” (marching drum beat)