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Baptized in Water

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Author: Michael Saward

Michael John Saward (b. Blackheath, Kent, England, 1932) was residentiary Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, and a church commissioner and member of the general synod of the Church of England. Educated at Eltham College, Bristol University, and Tyndale Hall, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1956. Saward served in several congregations and was radio and television officer for the Church Information Office (1967-1972). His publications include Leisure (1963), Couldn’t Care Less (1966), Don't Miss the Party (1974), and All Change (1983). Associated with the Jubilate Group for a number of years, he has written some sixty hymns and served as text editor for Hymns for Today's Church (1982). Bert Polman Go to person page >

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First Line: Baptized in water, Sealed by the Spirit
Title: Baptized in Water
Author: Michael Saward
Meter: 5.5.8 D
Language: English
Copyright: © 1982, Jubilate Hymns, Ltd. (admin. by Hope Publishing Co.)
Liturgical Use: Creedal Songs


Scripture References:
st. 1 = Titus 3:5-7, Heb. 10:14
st. 2 = Rom. 6:3-4, Col. 2:12
st. 3 = Rom. 8:15-16, Eph. 4:5-6

Michael Saward (PHH 16) wrote "Baptized in Water" in London on May 29,1981, a few days after the twenty-fifth anniversary of his ordination to the ministry. The text was first published in Hymns for Today s Church (1982), a hymnal on which Saward worked as text editor.

This song explains the New Testament theology on baptism in a rather compact way. The first line in each stanza alludes to John 3:5, Ephesians 1:13, and 1 Peter 3:21. The rest of each stanza explains the process symbolized by baptism: being cleansed by Christ's blood for salvation and godly living (st. 1); dying and being buried with Christ and rising again, free and forgiven (st. 2); and gaining the privilege of becoming God's children through Christ (st. 3). Each stanza also finishes with a note of praise to God. The text is powerful precisely because it is biblical.

Liturgical Use:
Infant or adult baptism. An excellent example of a "triumphant hymn" called for in the second form for Baptism of Children and the second form for Baptism of Adults in the Psalter Hymnal.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



BUNESSAN is a Gaelic tune that was first published (melody only) in Lachlan Macbean's Songs and Hymns of the Gael (1888) as a setting for Mary Macdonald's carol "Child in the Manger." The tune is named after Macdonald's birthplace on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. BUNESSAN is also well known as the set…

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