One Lord. One Faith. One Baptism
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
From Luther’s Small Catechism
- What is baptism?
- Baptism is not simply plain water. Instead, it is water enclosed in God’s command and connected with God’s Word.
- What then is this Word of God?
- Where our Lord Christ says in Mathew 23:10, “Go into all the world, teach all nations, and Bapptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
- What gifts or benefits does baptism grant?
- It brings about forgiveness of sins, redeems from death and the devil and gives eternal salvation to all who believe it, as the words and promise of God declare.
- What are these words and promise of God?
- Where our Lord Christ says in Mark 16:16, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be damned.”
- How can water do such great things?
- Clearly the water does not do it, but the Word of God, which is with alongside the water ad faith, which trusts this Word of God in the water. For without the Word of God, the water is plain water and not a baptism, that is, a grace-filled water of life and a “bath of the new birth in the Holy Spirit,” as St. Paul says to Titus in chapter 3:5-8, “through the bath of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit, which he richly poured out over us through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that through that very grace we may be righteous and heirs in hope of eternal life. This is surely most certainly true.”
- What then is the significance of such a baptism with water?
- It signifies that the old creature in is with all sins and evil desires is to be drowned and die through daily contrition and repentance, and on the other hand that daily a new person is to come forth and rise up to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
- Where is this written?
- St. Paul says in Romans 6:4, “We were buried with Christ through baptism into death so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of Father, we, too, are to walk in a new life.”
Preparing For Baptism
To begin the process of baptismal preparation, please read this page and contact us for a registration card. Return the completed card to the church office and the pastor will follow up with a phone call to schedule a time to meet together.
The time spent with the pastor will be to have a conversation about the meaning of the Sacrament of Baptism, the responsibilities as parents and sponsors (godparents) and the role of the community of faith here at St. Paul.
If you have been inactive in practicing your faith and now desire to have your child baptized, we rejoice with you as you rediscover the richness of God’s grace. As you begin this journey, we encourage you to join us each Sunday for worship and invite you to prayerfully consider enrolling any other children (age 3 to grade 9) in our Sunday School Program.
At the conclusion of your meeting with the pastor, the date and time of your Baptism will be finalized. The Sacrament of Baptism is a part of the regular Sunday worship at St. Paul. In this way, the communal nature of the Sacrament of Baptism is experienced in it’s fullness.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Pastor Pete or the Church Office Manager, Pam Donovan.
* Please note: As the Liturgy of Baptism is a part of the regular worship of the church, flash photography is not allowed. The pastor will be glad to join you for pictures folling the service. If you would like to videotape the service, speak witht e pastor prior to the day of the baptism and he will assist with your request.