Will You Fulfill the Vow
A hymn for the baptism of those who can speak for themselves and for renewal of the Baptismal Covenant
Words by F. Richard Garland, 2012
Music: tune, DARWALL'S 148TH by John Darwall, 1770
The author writes of this hymn:
This text was prompted by the observation of The Reverend Gary S. Richard, Pastor of the New Covenant United Methodist Church, East Hartford, CT, and the 2012 recipient of the Wilbur C. Ziegler Award for Excellence in Preaching in the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, that the baptismal vow includes the promise "... to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves." He asked the Conference in his sermon: "What would Jesus resist today?" The hymn is written for use at services of Baptism where those who present themselves can answer for themselves, and for services of The Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant.
Photo, contact information, biography, and links to other hymns by F. Richard Garland are available on F. Richard Garland's biography page.