We thank you, Almighty God, for the
gift of water.Over it the Holy Spirit moved
in the beginning of creation.Through it
you led the children of Israel out of their
bondage in Egypt into the land of promise.
In it your Son Jesus received the baptism
of John and was anointed by the Holy
Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead
us, through his death and resurrection,
from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.
--Rite of Baptism, Book of Common Prayer