The covenant for holy baptism, as found in the United Methodist Book of Worship, tells the biblical story of water. “Eternal Father,” the story begins, “when nothing existed but chaos, you swept across the dark waters and brought forth light. In the days of Noah you saved those on the ark through water. After the flood, you set in the clouds a rainbow. When you saw your people as slaves in Egypt you led them to freedom through the sea. Their children you brought through the Jordan to the land which you promised. In the fullness of time you sent Jesus, nurtured in the water of a womb.” From that first instant of creation, water has played midwife to God’s creation story.