The form of baptism is the same in each case, namely dipping or immersing in water or pouring water over the person in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19). However, the options below vary in the degree to which the congregation is involved in welcoming the candidates. 4.1 and 4.2 are the most simple, with all the words being spoken by the minister. 4.3 and 4.4 are more expansive.

4.1

N, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

We receive this person into the congregation of Christ's flock and sign him with the sign of the cross, to show that he will not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and to fight bravely under his banner against sin, the world, and the devil, and to continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant until his life's end. Amen.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for birth from above and for the remission of sins. May almighty God, according to his gracious promise, finish the work of salvation begun in you, bringing you to the joyful resurrection and to the fulfilment of his eternal kingdom. Amen.

An Australian Prayer Book (Order 1)

4.2

N, I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

We receive you into the congregation of Christ's flock and sign you with the sign of the cross, to show that you are to be true to Christ crucified until your life's end. Amen.

We praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for new spiritual life. May God fulfil his promise and complete his saving work in you. May he bring you into all the joys of his eternal kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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4.3

N, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

God has called you into his Church.
We therefore receive and welcome you
as a fellow member of the body of Christ,
as a child of the same heavenly Father,
and as an inheritor with us of the kingdom of God.

I sign you with the sign of the cross
to show that you are to be true to Christ crucified
and that you are not to be ashamed
to confess your faith in him.
Fight bravely under his banner
against sin, the world, and the devil,
and continue Christ's faithful soldier and servant
to your life's end.

God has called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.

An Australian Prayer Book (Order 2)

4.4

N, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

N, I sign you with the sign of the cross to show that you are marked as Christ's own for ever.

Live as a disciple of Christ:
fight the good fight,
finish the race,
keep the faith.
Confess Christ crucified,
proclaim his resurrection,
look for his coming in glory.

God has called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.

God has called you into his Church.
We therefore receive and welcome you
as a member with us of the body of Christ,
as a child of the one heavenly Father,
and as an inheritor of the kingdom of God.

A Prayer Book for Australia

4.5 N,I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

We receive you into the congregation of Christ's flock and sign you with the sign of the cross, to show that you are to be true to Christ crucified until your life's end. Amen.

Praise God for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of his Holy Spirit. May he fulfil his promise and complete his saving work in you, bringing you into the joys of his eternal kingdom. Amen.
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