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A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.

Black and white .jpeg image for download.

Description of Stream

The baptismal symbol of water represents the new identity, the spiritual birth, found in Christ. In our baptism we are cleansed and given the sign of love and hope found in the covenantal relationship of God, graciously shared with us through Christ, and reflected and nurtured in the Christian community of which we become a part. 

Scripture References

  • Numbers 6:24-26
  • 1 Peter 2:9-10

Occasions for Use

  • Baptism
  • Profession of Faith
  • Remembrance of Baptism 
  • Baptism of Our Lord
  • Pentecost
  • Ordination

The image is an original linoleum block print resulting from a printmaking process in which an image is drawn on a block of wood covered with a thin layer of linoleum, and then hand-carved to expose areas that will be white. Ink is rolled onto the block, covering the surface not cut away. Paper made from the mulberry tree is laid on top and hand rubbed with a Japanese barren or wooden spoon. In transferring the ink to the paper the resulting image is a reflection of the design placed on the block. It first appeared in the book Visuals for Worship (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006) which is no longer in print.

When using the image please include the following acknowledgment: “Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead."