The  Sacrament of Holy Baptism

God, who is rich in mercy and love, gives us a new birth into a living hope through the sacrament of baptism. The power of sin is put to death in this holy flood, and we are raised with Jesus Christ to new life. We are united with all the baptized in the one body of Christ, anointed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and sent out in mission for the life of the world..”  (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 227)

 GOD’S PROMISES

In Baptism, God promises to:

1)      Make you/ your child a child of God, for your child will be baptized in God’s name (Matthew 22:19),

2)      Wash you/your child clean of sin (Acts 22:16),

3)      Give you/your child the Holy Spirit, which will enable your child to call upon Jesus as Lord (Titus 3:5),

4)      Make you/your child a member of the body of Christ, the Church (Romans 6:5), and

5)      Grant you/your child eternal life (Mark 16:16)

As the pastor pours water on you/your child and speaks the Word of God, it is God who addresses you/your child with these promise and who will faithfully accomplish them in you/your child. In is this gift from God, you/your child will be born again and begin a whole new life, a life led by Christ instead of a life driven by sin.

The baptismal water is the physical sign of this covenant between God and you/your child. In presenting yourself/your child for Baptism you are doing a wonderful thing.  You are permitting yourself/your child to receive a precious gift, God’s gift of ethereal live.  Through Baptism, for the rest of life, you/your child can be sure of God’s faithful and unconditional love.

“As you present your son/daughter for baptism, you are entrusted with gifts and responsibilities: to live with him/her among God’s faithful people, bring him/her to the word of God and the holy supper, and nurture him/her in faith and prayer, so that he/she may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace among all people.” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 228)

 PARENT/SPONSOR PROMISES

When you present your child for Baptism, you also make very important promises.  You promise to:

1)      Help your child grow in faith by the devotional and prayer life in your house.

2)      Help your child grow in faith within the community of faith, the Church, and

3)      Take every opportunity to show your child God’s steadfast love and mercy given in Baptism.

When you present your child to receive Holy Baptism, you take upon yourself the responsibility to tell your child of the wonderful promises that god gives in Baptism. You promise to do all that you can to cultivate in your child the hope, peace, joy, love, and meaning that is part of the life of a child of God.  You are promising to do such things as read the Bible with your child, worship regularly, and teach him/her about the Christian faith at home.  Faith Steps, confirmation Instruction, and any other ay you can.

You need to consider the magnitude of the promises that God gives your child in Baptism, promises more valuable than anything the world can give.  You also need to consider how foolish it would be for your child to live even one day without knowing God’s love shown in Christ and through baptism.  Truly, the promises you make when you present your child for Holy Baptism are the most important promises that you will ever make to your child.

We welcome you into the body of Christ and the mission we share. Join us as we give praise to God and bear God’s creative and redeeming word to all the world.” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 231)

CHURCH’S PROMISES

When your child is baptized, we, your Christian brothers and sisters, promise to:

1)      Look upon your child as an important member of our Christian community,

2)      Support you in making God’s promises known to your child, and

3)      Support you in keeping the promises that you make to your child at Baptism.

When you child is baptized during the worship service, we, the members of Trinity Lutheran Church, give you and your child our word that we will help you in the lifelong affirmation of faith.

You and your child’s regular attendance at the many worship opportunities we offer will also be an important way to be fed with God’s Word and grow in care and concern for each other and the world.

 

ADULT BAPTISM

All of the promises outlined above, also pertain to someone who desires to be baptized as an adult.  You will be making these promises for yourself with the congregation pledging their support of you in your new life in Christ.  Contact the Pastor who will schedule a time to counsel you in this important step in your Christian life.