Saved by the Waters

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon to remind us the significance of our Sacrament of Baptism. Based on Matthew 3:13-16; Matthew 28:18-20

For more information about the Sacraments of the Presbyterian Church, see the Book of Order, Pg. 92

*Call to Worship

Leader:     We are called together this morning as followers of Christ.

People:    We are saved through faith.          

Leader:     We are called to be examples of our faith;

People:    to go and make disciples, and to baptize them in the name of our Lord.

         ALL:      Let us remember with joy our own Baptism and worship God!

*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Dear Lord, we often stumble through life, uncertain of our next steps, even those You clearly marked for us.  We search for guidance from all the wrong sources, even when You confidently lead us.  We seek ways to stand out from the masses, yet too often fall into the ways of the crowd.  Help us to be more like John:  to boldly go where told, even if we don’t know the way; to look only to You for the answers we need; to be confident among the throng trying to discredit us.  Help us to be led to Your Word, to Your promises and to the saving powers of the living water… (Silent time of prayer)

*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:    Just as Jesus burst forth from the river to show us the way, He rose in the brilliance of new life, giving mercy, grace and forgiveness to all who believe in Him.

.     ALL:         Thanks be to God!

*The Gloria

 Glory be to God the father, Glory be to God the son, 

 Glory be to God the spirit, All glory to the one.

Sermon                                      “Saved By the Waters”                                                   Dr. Sloan

Matthew 3:13-16; Matthew 28:18-20

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

       Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come,

       thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily

       bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not

       into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the

       power and the glory, forever. Amen.