Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…" Matthew 28:19
Baptism is not simply water, but water together with God’s Word. In baptism water flows over an infant, a child, or an adult, and through the water and the Word God touches this marvelous crown of creation, this precious human being and claims each one for all eternity. It is grace-filled, life-giving water that washes each one clean and makes them new. It is a new day, and the newly baptized child of God is called to “walk wet” all the days of his or her life.
Martin Luther suggested that each day as we rise and the water of a new day touches our faces, we remember that we are baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. It is a good way to go out into the day. In baptism one becomes a child of God—loved, claimed, forgiven, and free. This is not up to the one being baptized or even the ones bringing the infant to the font, but rather, depends on the marvelous grace of God that grafts us into Christ and sets us on a path to live as children of God all the days of our life.
As parents bring infants or children to the waters of baptism they do make promises, however. They promise to continue faithfully bringing the child to worship regularly, provide for Christian instruction, to teach them the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments. With that we can see that baptism is far more that a family ritual. The Lutheran understanding is that we live out our baptismal calling to let our lights shine before others that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. As gifted children of God, baptism is about a way of life.
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Upcoming Baptism Classes
Sunday, January 22, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 pm
Sunday, May 21, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 pm
Sunday, September 24, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 pm
Pre-registration is necessary. Please contact the church office to register at 255-1001