Taken from Lutheran Book of Prayer pg.78

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in whose name we have been baptized and made disciples: we thank You for our Baptism, which we know is not ordinary water but the water comprehended in Your command and connected with Your Word. How precious are the gifts and benefits it confers. It works forgiveness of sins, delivers from death and the devil, and confers everlasting salvation on all who believe as Your Word and promises declare. Have You not said, Lord Jesus: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)? Let us, having been baptized , believe, that we may be saved.

Oh wondrous are the effects of this simple act—effects produced not by water, but by the Word of God connected with the water. Without the Word of God, the water is simply water and no Baptism. But when connected with the Word of God, it is Baptism, that is, a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul said to Titus: “He saved us. . .according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy: (Titus 3:5-8)

O God, who has taught us by Your holy apostle that we were buried with Christ by Baptism into death, that just as He was bodily raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also should walk in newness of life: grant that we may walk in the grace of our Baptism, so that the old Adam in us may be drowned and destroyed by daily sorrow and repentance, together with all sins an devil lusts, and that again a new man may daily come forth and rise, who shall live in the presence of God in righteousness and purity forever; through Jesus Christ, Your well-beloved Son, our Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

 


Look for a post on last weekends "Watermarked" Retreat sometime this week.

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