Saint David’s is a reconciling, affirming, and inclusive Christian community striving through worship, love, and service to welcome all people just as God created you.

No matter your step on the journey or place in the story: our welcome knows no boundaries of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, economic condition, physical or mental ability, or age.

We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we!

 

SUNDAY SERVICES – 8 am & 10:30 am (with 9:30 am Sunday School)

Baptismal Covenant

“Through the Paschal mystery, dear friends, we are buried with Christ by Baptism into his death, and rasied with him to newness of life. I call upon you, therefore, now that our Lenten observance is ended, to renew the solemn promises and vows of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and all his works, and promised to serve God faithfully in his holy Catholic Church.” (Easter Vigil, Book of Common Praery, 292)

The rite of Christian initiation contains a series of vows, made by all present, called the “baptismal covenant” (Book of Common Prayer, pages 304-305). After renunciation of evil and a commitment to Christ, the presider asks the congregation to “renew our own baptismal covenant.” The congregation first responds to a series of questions that affirm belief in the triune God, using the Apostles’ Creed as a model. The congregation then answers five questions, affirming five essential Christian practices:

1. Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?

2. Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?

3. Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

4. Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

5. Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?

The peope respond to each question with the affirmatinon, “I will, with God’s help.” It is always in freedom that we respond to God’s invitation. And it is always through the impetus of and in the power of the Spirit that we are enabled and emboldened.

Saint David’s Episcopal Church

145 East Edgewood Drive

Lakeland, Florida  33803

863.686.4143

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