I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

John 13:34-35

After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Revelation 7:9-10

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”

John 4:13-14

Sustain your child with the gift of your Holy Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever.

Holy Baptism, ELW pg. 230

In Holy Baptism, the Triune God delivers us from the forces of evil, puts our sinful selves to death, gives us new birth, adopts us as children, and makes us members of the body of Christ, the Church (The Use of the Means of Grace, 14). Christians continue in the covenant God made with them in Baptism by participation in the community of faith, by hearing the Word and receiving Christ’s Supper, by proclaiming the good news in word and deed, and by striving for justice and peace in all the world.


The Use and Means of Grace, Application 17C

God who is rich in mercy and love, gives us a new birth into a living hope through the sacrament of baptism . . . by water and the Holy Spirit we are reborn children of God and made members of the church, the body of Christ.

ELW, Holy Baptism, page 227

12Yet even now, says the Lord,
  return to me with all your heart,
 with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
  13rend your hearts and not your clothing.
 Return to the Lord, your God, who is gracious and merciful,
 slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
  and relents from punishing . . . .

Joel 2:12-13