A. We can use a brief order of confession and forgiveness, usually in the morning, as a way to remember our baptism. Example: I was baptized in the name of the Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, and adopted into the eternal family of the Trinity. Merciful God, I confess that I have sinned in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done and by what I have left undone. Forgive me, so that I might be renewed in the covenant of my baptism.
It is important that we refrain from always using this type of generic confession. More often than not, our confession should reflect self-examination. Most of us are experts at examining the sins of others. However, we are much less capable at identifying our own sins. Our confession, to be most helpful, needs to bring before Christ specific sinful thoughts, words, and actions. The traditional word for this is the examination of conscience. One way to help us identify our sins is to review the Ten Commandments. Another way to identify our sins that has been helpful to many in the Church is to review the Seven Deadly Sins. When we confess our sins there is a need for our sins to be specific. We want to be honest with God, and ourselves, in order to be truly grateful for God’s forgiveness.
B. We can use a verbal acclamation of thanksgiving to remember our baptism. Luther was known to have frequently said out loud, I am baptized! As we go through the day we can use water as a helpful trigger for a baptismal acclamation of thanksgiving. Example: I am baptized… Christ is with me!
C. We can remember our baptism throughout each day by singing a renewal of baptism to a favorite piece of music. Example: Remembering our baptism may be easily put together with a familiar tune like Amazing Grace: Bap-tized and a-dopted in God’s fam-ily. God is my fa-ther now. Je-sus has be-come the Lo-rd of my life. The Holy Spir-it lives in me.
D. Whenever we see water we can give thanks to God for our baptism. When we wash up with water in the morning it is an excellent time to renew our baptismal identity as a child of God. A helpful way to renew our baptism is with a prayer of thanksgiving as we make the sign of the cross upon us. Example: In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I am an adopted child in God’s eternal family!
E. Wearing a cross can become a trigger that encourages us to thank God for our baptism and ask him to allow us to become more like Christ. Similarly, wearing a military style dog tag can also be a visual reminder of who’s we are as a result of being baptized. It is also popular to hang a baptismal dog tag on a bed post, or a shower head, to help trigger the remembering of our baptism. Dog tags can be inexpensively customized on the internet with a message like: I’m a baptized and adopted child in the eternal family of the Trinity.
F. Like the Christians in Cyprian’s day, we can trace a cross upon our foreheads to recall being baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection. We might also want to trace a cross upon the forehead of a loved one to remind them of their eternal adoption into God’s eternal family through baptism.
G. Repeat, throughout each day, your own personal and constructive internal self-talk phrase, which is a powerful way to thank God for all the blessings of our baptismal adoption into his family. (Info on internal self-talk can be found in the next session)
Which of these ways of remembering appeals to you the most?