Baptisms at Nativity

Written by Wayne Whitney on May 02, 2013

Creamer BaptismBaptism is full initiation into the Body of Christ.  At Nativity, we are delighted to do baptisms!  Baptism is not simply a rite of passage – it is a commitment to Christ, in which we make promises, or our parents and godparents make them for us.  In the Episcopal Church, we baptize infants as well as adults, because we see baptism as a rite of new spiritual birth, in which we are welcomed into the family of Christ.  Living into our baptism is a lifelong process no matter how old we are when we are baptized.  When a child is baptized, her or his parents and godparents make the commitments on the child’s behalf, promising to raise the child in the Christian faith so he or she can grow into the baptismal promises.

If you are interested in a baptism at Nativity, please email us at Nativity@TheNativity.net or call us at 480.307.9216.  And please fill out this form so we have the information we need for our records.

Jason BaptismIf you choose to be baptized at Nativity, one of our priests will meet with you to  help prepare you and explain what baptism means.  Here is some basic information about the commitments we make in baptism.  First, we promise to renounce evil and put our trust in Jesus as our Savior:

 

 

Question     Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces
of wickedness that rebel against God?

Answer        I renounce them.

Question     Do you renounce the evil powers of this world
which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?

Answer        I renounce them.

Question     Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you
from the love of God?

Answer        I renounce them.

Question     Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your
Savior?

Answer        I do.

Question     Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?
Answer        I do.

Question     Do you promise to follow and obey him as your 

                Lord?
Answer       I do.

Then, we state what we believe as members of the Body of Christ, in the words of the Apostles’ Creed:

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

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


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

Finally, we state our commitment to put our faith into action:

Celebrant      Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the
prayers?

People          I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant      Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever
you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

People          I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant     Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People          I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant      Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving
your neighbor as yourself?

People          I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant      Will you strive for justice and peace among all
people, and respect the dignity of every human
being?

People          I will, with God’s help.

You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have AND all of these promises will be explained in more detail as we prepare you for baptism.

 

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