I’m writing a baptism liturgy (to be referred to as “Order of Worship” from now on in this post so my Evangelical friends don’t get too freaked out) for my church for Sacraments & Worship from a Historical Perspective (to be referred to as merely Sacraments & Worship from now on). It was one of three projects I could pick. Not only did it have the most room for creativity, but it also seemed like the easiest of the three options.
I might have been wrong.
It’s been more difficult than I thought to come up with a meaningful Order for a contemporary setting. It’s really made me think about what should be included in a baptism service and what is essential for a baptism service. How much of the historical practices (anointing with oil, eating salt, spitting on Satan, etc.) should be included in a postmodern context and still contain a powerful message in its symbolism? Maybe I’m thinking about it too much, but that’s kind of who I am – right? Since it’s worth 25% of our grade, I guess the point is that I’m supposed to be thinking about it a lot.
So, I ask this question to you, O Reader of MattDanTodd Land – if you were to plan an Order of Worship for a baptism service, what would you include? What wouldn’t you include?