Welcoming infants into our covenant family is one of the highlights of Sunday worship. There have been a lot of baptisms recently and I’ve been working on the baptism liturgy with our new pastor Geoff Bradford. One of the traditions he brought from his old church in Philadelphia (Liberti Fairmont) was having the whole congregation sing “Jesus Loves Me” over the infant. A way to bless the child with song and to remind us all of the love of Jesus present as we remember our baptism.
It’s a wonderfully simple song of praise and reminds us of the simple promises of God but I thought that it would be better still if we could give it a Trinitarian formula. Baptism is one of the strongest images of the Trinity at work in scripture and baptismal prayers are always cast in a Trinitarian framework. So we reworked the lyrics for the first verse and refrain.
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Jesus loves you this we know
For the Bible tells us so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak, but He is strong
Yes, Jesus loves you
Yes, the Father knows you
Yes, the Spirit seals you
The Bible tells us so.
Words: Anna Bartlett Warner, 1859, alt. by Bruce Benedict, 2012 (c) Cardiphonia
If you are really wanting a challenge you could teach your congregation to sing along with the shorter catechism. Here is a rough mix of question 94 from our forthcoming catechism cd. Mp3
C G Am7 F
Q. 94. What is baptism?
C G Am F
A. Baptism is a sacrament, wherein the washing with water
C G Am F
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,
C G Am F
doth signify and seal our ingrafting into Christ,
and partaking of the benefits of the covenant of grace,
and our engagement to be the Lord’s.
Other Popular Songs for Baptism
There is a Fountain Filled with Blood
The Welcome Wagon – mp3 | leadsheet | buy
Karl Digerness (City Hymns) – mp3 | leadsheet | chord chart | Youtube
Indelible Grace – mp3 | leadsheet | chord chart | info
Traditional (Sojourn arr.) – mp3 | leadsheet