Common Worship texts

Christian Initiation Rites of Affirmation: Appropriating Baptism

A Form for the Corporate Renewal of Baptismal Vows

when celebrated within a service other than Baptism or Holy Communion

Notes

1This form should be used only when there has been due notice and proper preparation. It is recommended that it is used no more than once or twice in any one year. Suitable opportunities include Easter, Pentecost, the Baptism of Christ in Epiphany, and the inauguration of a new ministry.

2 This form is a corporate affirmation for use within a service. When it is used it replaces the Creed or other Affirmation of Faith.

3 Where it is customary for the assembly to be sprinkled with water from the font or to sign themselves with water from the font, this may take place immediately after the Profession of Faith or during a hymn, canticle or song at the conclusion of this form.

The president may use words of introduction to this part of the service.

A large candle may be lit. The president may address the congregation as follows

In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.
Therefore I ask:

Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?
AllI reject them.

Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
AllI renounce them.

Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
AllI repent of them.

Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
AllI turn to Christ.

Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
AllI submit to Christ.

Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
AllI come to Christ.

The president may say

May God, who has given you the desire to follow Christ,
give you the strength to continue in the Way.

The Profession of Faith

The president addresses the congregation

Brothers and sisters, I ask you to profess the faith of the Church.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
AllI believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ?
AllI believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?
AllI 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.
Amen.

The president says

Almighty God,
we thank you for our fellowship in the household of faith
with all who have been baptized into your name.
Keep us faithful to our baptism,
and so make us ready for that day
when the whole creation shall be made perfect in your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
AllAmen.

The president may use the Affirmation of Commitment.

The president concludes the Renewal of Vows saying

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith,
that you may be rooted and grounded in love
and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.
AllAmen.

Affirmation of Commitment

This Affirmation of Commitment may be used after an authorized Creed or Affirmation of Faith

Will you continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship,
in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers?
AllWith the help of God, I will.

Will you persevere in resisting evil and,
whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
AllWith the help of God, I will.

Will you proclaim by word and example
the good news of God in Christ?
AllWith the help of God, I will.

Will you seek and serve Christ in all people,
loving your neighbour as yourself?
AllWith the help of God, I will.

Will you acknowledge Christ's authority over human society,
by prayer for the world and its leaders,
by defending the weak, and by seeking peace and justice?
AllWith the help of God, I will.