Jesus gave us the gift of baptism when He said to the Apostles: "Go, make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28.19-20). In the early Christian church adults and families were baptized into Christ as God called them to faith by the Gospel. Baptism is a new beginning, a new birth given to us by God in the forgiveness of our sins.
Martin Luther provides a very simple summary of the Biblical teaching of Baptism in his Small Catechism:
"Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God' command and combined with God's word."
We believe that baptism is a miracle in which God seals our adoption into God's family by faith.
One of the most important aspects of Baptism is that we also plan for the ongoing instruction in the Christian faith as Jesus said to "baptize... teaching them."
Adults are normally baptized after receiving instructions in the Christian faith. Children and infants are baptized with the commitment by parents and sponsors to continue to teach them the faith of Christ.
Sponsors may be chosen to assist parents in raising their children in the Christian faith. Sponsors serve as witnesses to the baptism and to pray for and encourage the children in their Christian life.
1. Fill out the Baptism Request Form, and we will respond so that we can set up a meeting in order to plan for the baptism. You can also call the church office (618-344-3151).
2. Baptisms are normally conducted at our weekend services (Saturday at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.).
3. For adults baptism is usually celebrated at the conclusion of the New Member Class.
1. Come to the worship service fifteen minutes early and be seated at the front left side of the church.
2. After the Gospel reading, the pastor will announce the baptism. He will meet you at the baptismal font.
3. If a baby is being baptized remove hat if necessary. Any family member or sponsor can hold the baby. If the baby cries, try to offer some comfort, but don't worry about this or be too distracted by it. It's is better to listen to what the pastor is saying and let the baby cry.
4. Adults can place their hands on the baptismal font and lean over the water to be baptized.
5. After the baptism you can be seated. Infants and children will be given a baptismal banner and a shell to help remember the baptism.
6. You can take pictures and videos during the service as long as you stay in the front pew or chairs and don't use a flash camera. You're also welcome to take pictures after the service.