Jesus gathered children to him and blessed them. "People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them." ~Mark 10:13-17
Throughout the Bible, children are loved and called by God. Children are a blessing to our present world and represent hope for the future. By bringing children into a broken world, parents live out an extraordinary faith and hope in God. As we bless this child, we remember that God's grace arrives before anything we do, think or imagine. Today we recognize within this community of faith what God has already done because, since their birth, God's love and grace has poured out upon this child.
Presentation of the Child: What is the name of this child?
Laying on of Hands: People are invited to lay their hand on the child as the following blessing is said: (Insert name), you are blessed by God. May God's joy always be in your heart. May God's love surround your living. May you love kindness, seek justice and walk humbly with God. May God's presence strengthen you day and night.
Marking with the Sign of the Cross with Oil: (Insert name), with the sign of the cross, you are blessed. Amen.
Prayer: Eternal God, enfold (insert name) and his/her family with your grace. May their home be a place of your presence, your peace, your love, your forgiveness and your freedom. Amen
Prayer Shawl: (Insert name), we wrap you in this shawl. The person who made it, prayed during each stitch. May it remind you that you are never alone. You are always embraced by God and Woodlawn. Amen