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Baptism and Confirmation Combined Service Ideas

Baptism and Confirmation #1

Matthew 3:13-17, Doctrine and Covenants 164:5

Worship Setting

Place a large, transparent vase or container filled with water tinted blue at the front of the sanctuary. Add colored pebbles or stones.

Prelude

Welcome and Call to Worship: Matthew 3:13-17

Hymn of Rejoicing    

“Now in This Moment” CCS 96
OR “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” CCS 101
OR “Now Sing to Our God” CCS 108    

Prayer of Invocation

Adonai, Allah, Great Spirit, Jesus, God of all nations and all peoples, and all names by which you are known, we come before you in praise and thanksgiving.  Guide us into the joy of being and the wish of joyful peace for all peoples. Thank you for sending your life-giving Spirit to inspire all that is good in us, to be the giver of life. Help us become clothed in Christ, and to serve you, spreading your gospel among all. Amen.

Response

Prayer for Peace 

Every day our denomination prays for peace in our world.  Find today’s prayer for peace at http://www.cofchrist.org/daily-prayer-for-peace and share.

Lighting of the Peace Candle

Disciples’ Generous Response

“Children of Peace”        Children’s Choir, Solo, or Ministry of Music
(Contact jwpepper.com for music.  Alternatively, find a video online for this song.)

OR “Take My Gifts and Let Me Love You” CCS 609

Blessing and Receiving of Mission Tithes                            Children’s Choir

Focus Moment

Place a clear pitcher of water on a table with a small, clear, empty glass for each participant.  Explain the water in the pitcher represents God.  Like water, God is vital to our lives. We drink it, wash in it, cook with it, and swim in it. This clear liquid with its wonderful properties is an essential part of our lives – just like God.

Pour water from the pitcher into each glass.  Explain the water in the glasses represents Jesus.  Jesus was God in human form.  Still the same water—still the same God—but different.

Now ask each one to drink their water.  Explain the water, which is now inside them, is like the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is that part of God who lives within each person.  Still the same water—still the same God—but different.

Discuss the baptism prayer statement: When (name of person being baptized) is baptized today, (name of priesthood member performing the baptism) will say they are being baptized in the name of the Father – referring to God, just like the water in the pitcher; and of the Son – referring to Jesus just like the water in the glasses; and the Holy Ghost (or Spirit) – just like the water that is now inside you.  The three represent the Trinity – God who is a community of three persons who share in a mutual relationship of oneness.  

Scripture passage: Doctrine and Covenants 164:5

Words of Challenge and Guidance for Baptism

Sacrament of Baptism

Congregational Hymn of Baptism  

“With Water Freely Flowing” CCS 502
OR “This is a Day of New Beginnings” CCS 495
OR “Yo quiero ser” (I Want to Be) CCS 498

The Baptism of name of person being baptized by name of priesthood member

Instrumental Ministry of Music

Words of Challenge and Guidance for Confirmation

Sacrament of Confirmation

Congregational Hymn of Confirmation

“O God, to Us Be Present Here” CCS 512
OR “In This New Moment” CCS 504
OR “Three Things I Promise” CCS 511

The Confirmation of name of person being confirmed by name of priesthood members

Closing Hymn:  “Go, My Children” CCS 650
OR “At the Heart of Sacred Calling” CCS 509

Sending Forth

Today we have celebrated the start of new lives through the waters of baptism and prayers of confirmation. As we shared in these two sacraments today, we have been reminded of our own commitments to Christ.  We are again challenged to share our witness and ministry—in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our jobs.  Go out with joy clothed in Christ!—in the grace and peace of God, having been fed and nurtured by this community.

Presider then invites everyone to select one the pebbles or stones from the container of water in the worship setting to remind them of their own commitments to Christ and to support the new commitments made today.

Postlude

> Called to New Life

Gathering and Praise

Welcome

Ministry of Music: “Sing to God as Sings the Ocean”  CCS 104 OR “Now Sing to Our God”  CCS 108

Call to Worship:

Voice 1:  We come together to worship God.

Voice 2:  From our separate, individual lives we come together.

Voice 1:  Our lives are given brand new each day,

Voice 2:  With the promise that life is good.

Voice 1:  All things were made through you, O Lord.

Voice 2:  Without you was not anything made that was made.

Voice 1:  Each day gives us arms to hug one another.

Voice 2:  We thank you, Lord, for the gift of touch.

Voice 1:  Each day gives us a voice to greet our neighbor and to speak out for what is right.

Voice 2:  We thank you, Lord, for the gifts of speech and hearing.

Voice 1:  Each day brings beauties of color and shape, light and darkness.

Voice 2:  We thank you, Lord, for the gift of sight.

Voice 1:  Each day we eat and breathe.

Voice 2:  We thank you, Lord, for the gifts of smell and taste.

Voice 1:  Each day gives a chance to love and to hope, to work and to rest, to worship and to dream.

Voice 2:  We thank you, Lord, for gifts of the Spirit.

-By Helen and Joe Pearson, Prayers and Readings for Worship, Vol.1,
Judy Judd, ed. (Independence, Missouri: Herald House, 1987), 20.

*Congregational Hymn: “O Lord Grace Our Communion”  CCS 80 OR “I Will Sing, I Will Sing”  CCS 112

*Invocation

*Response

Confession and Pardon

Litany

Leader:  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me!”

Congregation: We are all children before God.

Leader:  I don’t always do what I am supposed to do.

Congregation: We are all children before God.

Leader: Sometimes I don’t understand Mom and Dad so I don’t listen.

Congregation: We are all children before God.

Leader: Sometimes I say I’ll be good, but I end up being bad.

Congregation: We are all children before God.

Leader: Who am I?

     I run-
          I shout-
               I hit that kid next to me-
                    I don’t know nothin’-
                         I throw other kids’ papers on the floor-
                              Am I the bad-dest kid everyone knows?

Who am I?

Congregation:   You are a child of God.

Leader:  Who am I?

Congregation:   You are one who is loved and who is called to live the covenant life with God.

Leader:  I am somebody!

Congregation:   You are a child of God.

Leader:  I am loved!

Congregation:   You are loved by God.

Leader:  I’m glad I’m me.

Congregation:   Amen.

-Adapted from Worship Resources for the Sacraments, Judy Judd, ed.
(Independence, Missouri: Herald House, 1989), 30.

The Word

Story of Jesus’ Baptism: Matthew 3:40-46 IV/3:13-17 others

Hymn: “O God in Heaven, We Believe”  CCS 493

Challenge

A short talk based on John 3:1-7

Response to the Word

Ask candidates to share a short statement of commitment.

Celebration of Baptism

Congregational Song: “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”  CCS 499 OR “Come as A Child”  CCS 502

Sacrament of Baptism

Congregational Hymn: “Baptized in Water”  CCS 514

Celebration of Confirmation

Significance of the Sacrament

Congregational Hymn: “O God, to Us Be Present Here”  CCS 512

Sacrament of Confirmation

Sending Forth

*Congregational Hymn: “We Are One in the Spirit”  CCS 359 OR “Companions on the Journey”  CCS 552

*Benediction

*Response

> Writing Our Story

Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

Hymn of Praise: “My Life Flows On in Endless Song”  CCS 263

Invitation to Worship

Leader:   We are gathered to worship in answer to the invitation of God,

People:   To exalt the name of Christ throughout the world.

Leader:   We are gathered through faith in Jesus Christ,

People:   To keep our promises.

Leader:   We are gathered in the power of the Holy Spirit,

People:   To live life as the Spirit directs.

-From Prayers and Readings for Worship, Vol. 1,
Judy Judd, ed., (Independence, Missouri: Herald House, 1987), 19.

*Hymn of Praise: “Rejoice, Ye Saints of Latter Days”  CCS 81 OR “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”  CCS 87

*Invocation

*Response

Challenge

Hymn of Baptism: “See What Love We Have Been Given”  CCS 496

Baptism(s)

Time of Meditation

Hymn: “A Diligent and Grateful Heart”  CCS 539 OR “At the Heart of Sacred Calling”  CCS 509

Reading: “We Write the Story”

Let us remember the God of new beginnings.
     In the beginning… God… created… heaven and earth… and all things
     therein.
     And behold, all of God’s creation is very good.

We are the children of God-
Loved from the foundations of the world
By a God who is constantly giving on our behalf.

We are members of the Christian community.
We are joined by countless millions, present and past,
Who confess that Jesus is the Christ.

We are the children of the Restoration.
We knelt in Palmyra’s grove
And heard the voice of God directing us to the Christ.

We journeyed to Kirtland
Where we gave our precious possessions
To build a House of the Lord.

We heard God’s call to frontier living and journeyed to Independence.
Here we experienced both the joy of community
And the bitterness of persecution.

We resettled in Nauvoo-the City Beautiful.
Here, again, we experienced rich community
And the bitterness of dissent.

We are the children of the Reorganization.
We stood in Beloit, Amboy, Plano, and Lamoni,
And once again in the Center Place.

Our story is partially told in the life of a family:
Joseph Jr. and Emma
Joseph III and Fred M.
Israel, W. Wallace, and Wallace B.

We have recently known the joy of expanding fellowship,
Joining with those of other continents and cultures
To express worldwide Zionic community. (pause)

We are the church of Jesus Christ in today’s world.
We owe a debt of gratitude to those who forged our heritage.
Their faith laid the foundation for our commitments.

We go with confidence into the future with God,
Knowing who we are and whose we are,
To write the story not heard before.

We are the children of God.
We are members of the Christian Community.
We are the children of the Restoration and Reorganization.
We are the church of Jesus Christ in today’s world.
We will write the story not heard before.

-By Geoffrey Spencer, from Prayers and Readings for Worship, Vol. 1,
Judy Judd, ed. (Independence, Missouri: Herald House, 1987), 78-79.

Hymn: “Behold Your Sons and Daughters”  CCS 506

Congregational Response:

We are the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ. For as many of us as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for we are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:26-28, adapted

Hymn of Confirmation: “O God, to Us Be Present Here”  CCS 512 OR “We Come, O God, In This Sweet Hour”  CCS 513

Confirmation(s)

Offering

*Hymn of Witness: “Make Us, O God, a Church That Shares”  CCS 657 OR “May The God of Hope”  CCS 650

*Benediction:

*Response

*Postlude

> Service of Baptism and Confirmation #2

Doctrine and Covenants 163:7d, Doctrine and Covenants 163:10a, b, and 11b

Before the service, create enough cutouts of doves for each person present.  If more than one person is being baptized today, you will need enough cutouts for each person to have one for each candidate.

Prelude

Welcome and Call to Worship

We continue today on our journey with God, a journey which lasts for the rest of our lives, one step at a time in response to God’s love. For all of us, especially our baptism candidates, today is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ. The wider community of the church welcomes (name of candidates) promising support and prayer for the future. Our service today provides an opportunity for each of us to remember our own baptisms and to spend time reflecting on the progress we have made both individually and together on our own journey.

Gathering Hymn

“God Is Here!”    CCS 70
OR “Gather Us In”    CCS 72
OR “Uyai Mose, Come All You People”    CCS 84

Opening Prayer

Response

Prayer for Peace

Lighting of Peace Candle

Prayer for Peace

Celebration of Baptism

Words of Guidance Based on Doctrine and Covenants 163:7d

Hymn Choose one to sing as baptismal candidate enters the water    

“Make Me a Servant”    CCS 597
“Yo quiero ser, I Want to Be”    CCS 498
“Come as a Child” stanza 1    CCS 503

Sacrament of Baptism

(Name of Candidate) will be baptized by (Name of Priesthood Member)

Hymn of Commitment

Choose one to sing as baptismal candidate exits the water    

“Make Me a Servant”    CCS 597
“Yo quiero ser, I Want to Be”    CCS 498
“Come as a Child” stanza 2    CCS 503

Celebration of Commitment

Statement of Affirmation and Commitment

After the speaker shares a statement of affirmation and commitment, invite the congregation to write their own statements of affirmation and commitment to the baptism candidate(s) on the doves that were provided.

Ministry of Music

“In This New Moment”    CCS 504
OR “At the Heart of Sacred Calling”    CCS 509
OR “Baptized in Water”    CCS 514

Disciples’ Generous Response

Sacrament of Confirmation

(Name of Candidate) will be confirmed by (Names of Priesthood Members)

Hymn of Sending Forth

“Now Sing to our God”        CCS 108
OR “Siyahamb’ Ekukhanyen’ Kwenkhos’, We Are Marching in the Light of God”    CCS 95
OR “Great and Marvelous Are Thy Works”     CCS 118

Closing Prayer

Sending Forth Doctrine and Covenants 163:10a, b, and 11b

Postlude

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