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The following service of thanksgiving is suggested for committed Christian Parents who believe that Baptism is best left for the child to decide on later, and where they feel the Common Worship wording is unhelpful in their expression of thanks and dedication.  Note the addition of "Sponsor" (God parent) as an optional valuable extra!

Thanksgiving for the birth of Lauren

Minister

Let us all thank God that in his goodness he has given Lauren to you

All:
God our Father
Maker of all that is living
We praise you for the wonder and joy of creation
We thank you from our hearts for Lauren and for the privileges of parenthood
Accept our thanks and praise 
Amen  

Parents say together
God our Father, in giving Lauren to us you have shown us your love.
Help us to be trustworthy parents.
Make us patient and understanding
so that she may always be sure of our love
and grow up to be happy and responsible through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Minister reads Gospel (Mk 10.13-16) and hands to Parents
Take this book.
For it contains the Good News of God's love for us all.
Be sure you read it;
for it tells you how you and your family become members of God's family.
That way you will have the best thing of all
eternal life through Jesus Christ, God's Son

Minister to Congregation
Jesus taught us to call God our Father and so trusting in his word we say:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.
  Amen.

Minister takes Child and says:
Almighty God, we now bring Lauren before you
We know you love her. Look with favour on her, we pray.
May her home be a place of love security and truthfulness.
And may she grow up to come to a full understanding of the Christian faith.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Speaking to Child:
May God's blessing rest on you Lauren
This day and through all your life 

Minister hands child to Sponsor who says:
Heavenly Father;
help me to be faithful in praying for Lauren that in due time
she may be received into the family of your church
and become an inheritor of your kingdom
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

Sponsor hands child to Parents, and Minister says:
Heavenly Father
your son Jesus Christ shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home;
Bless this Laurenís home and help all the family to live together in your love.
Teach them to serve you and each other
and make them always ready to show your love to those in need
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen  

Father in Heaven, bless [Names of Parents]
that they may cherish their children;
Make them wise and understanding to help the children as they grow.
Surround this family with the light of your truth
and the warmth of your love
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen  

With Congregation
Almighty God our heavenly father
we thank you for the joys of family life
May we all know your presence and peace in our homes
Fill them with your love
and use them for your glory. Amen

 

To view a simpler service, click here.  To view a service regularly used in Bradford, click here.
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