Thanksgiving Over the Water
Let us pray.
O God, You have created all things
by the power of Your Word,
and You renew the Earth by Your Spirit:
Give now the water of life
to those who thirst for You,
that they may bring forth abundant fruit
in Your glorious kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
. . .
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
out 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.
Therefore in joyful obedience to Your Son,
we bring into His fellowship
those who come to Him in faith,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Now sanctify this water, we pray You,
by the power of Your Holy Spirit,
that those who here are cleansed from sin
and born again
may continue forever
in the risen life
of Jesus Christ our Savior.
To Him, to You, and to the Holy Spirit,
be all honor and glory, now and forever.