Yesterday was baptism day at our church and I wast struck by profound meaning of the words for blessing the water from the Book of Common Prayer. It is part of the service that we say together as a reaffirmation of our baptismal vows.
I could not help but think of these words again as I took my morning shower and made my morning cup of tea. These too are baptismal moments, refreshing, renewing and bringing life. And as I go out with my watering can onto the porch, here too I experience baptism as I sprinkle them with water and give them life.
Water is essential to life. In so many ways it cleanses and gives life to us each day and in every moment. Yet we can so easily take it for granted, missing the richness of these sacramental moments that remind us constantly of our covenant with God and reassure us of the cleansing of souls that has taken place through baptism. So as sit with your cup of tea of coffee this morning, give thanks for the gift of water.
We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel our of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.
We thank you, Father for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. …