Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Affirmation of Baptism for Epiphany

I ask you to acknowledge the gift of faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church.

Do you say no to external spiritual forces that defy God and attempt to disrupt the presence of love in the world?
Response: I forcefully say no to them.

Do you say no to lies that are told about God, including ones that perpetuate fear, scarcity, and control?
Response: I forcefully say no to them.

Do you say no to sin, that is, actions that cause you feel far from God and God’s love?
Response: I forcefully say no to it.

Do you believe in God, the ground and source of your being?

I believe in the eternal love that is God, creating, redeeming, and healing.
God’s grace is greater than anything that opposes it.
Neither the will of the flesh, the twists of the mind, or the efforts of evil
can bring lasting destruction where God is working for good.
Eternal love, which is God’s ultimate manifestation, bears all things.
All time exists within this love.

Do you believe in Jesus the Christ, God enfleshed and the pioneer of our faith?

I believe in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, Emmanuel, and fellow child of God.
Emmanuel, God with us, walked as Jesus in a certain place and a certain time.
Emmanuel, God with us, still comes in unexpected ways, through ordinary and extraordinary means.
Emmanuel, God with us, anchors us, and our hope, within God’s eternity.

Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?

I believe in the Holy Spirit, holy breath, holy mystery.
The Holy Spirit has brought us here.
Beyond our understanding, but with our trust, the Spirit gives us faith.
Our lives are our response to all we have been given,
The sum of which is greater than we know.

We are grateful. Amen.


Worship resources posted here are written by the Reverend Julia Seymour. They are available for use, in full or part, but only with attribution and permission. Use without both attribution and permission is stealing. 


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