Parent of the Human Family

for the baptism of a child (or children)

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Walter Farquharson
Tune Name: WEYBURN

Lyrics as Poetry

Parent of the human family,
claiming each to be your own,
let this act be the beginning
of a life in Christ full-grown.

Grace and strength grant these young parents;
of their call keep them aware;
with your love surround these children,
they your life of joy to share.

As the church we live your praises,
marked for service in your name;
with your Spirit born within us,
we our worlds for Christ reclaim.

And from us, your gathered people,
prayer and praise is offered new;
by your grace we have been strengthened,
greater works in faith to do.

Words by
Walter FarquharsonCopyright © 1974 by Walter Farquharson
Administered by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Comments About Song


In baptism, it is useful to be reminded of the parenting image of God so that the nurturing and enabling offered by the Spirit can be recognized and accepted. The parent is a protector, nurturer and friend who longs for the maturing of the family, not as an authoritative parent who seeks perpetual dependence and subservience.

Our baptism becomes an ordination into Christ’s ministry in both church and world. This ministry brings justice, liberty and healing. It freely shares with all others the creative, saving and fulfilling energies of God.

The power of the church is not the power of wealth or might. Rather, it is the power of love without restraint. In that giving, we are promised that resurrection and life are found.

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One Verse
played on piano by Ron Klusmeier

Scripture References

  • 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
  • 1 Corinthians 12:27-31
  • 2 Corinthians 5:16-20
  • 1 Peter 1:22-23
  • 1 Peter 2:1-2
  • 1 Peter 2:9-10

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  • Baptism
  • Family
  • Intergenerational
  • Water∶ baptismal water

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