Prayers in Ordinary Time (week 15 after Pentecost)

I was privilaged this morning to attend the baptism of two women in our congregation and offer up this prayer of thanksgiving in response to baptism (theirs and my own). Baptism is sometimes called the rite of Christian Initiation and it celebrates the entry into new life in Christ (and death to our old way of life).  Sometimes we associate ‘new life’ with Easter, but this is an ‘ordinary time’ theme as we learn to walk in newness of life in all our life. 

Giver of Life!

To You we offer Thanks and Praise.

You knew us, before You fashioned us and You loved us anyway–

and lovingly You made us.

Thank You that in the waters of our Baptism we celebrate

    our renewal, our remaking, our entry into new life.

May we continue to remember our baptism,

living lives of praise knowing:

      All that was Death within us has died,
    And we are raised to New Life in You.

Glory to You Lord Christ,glory to You!

Amen.

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