Holy Baptism is one of the two sacraments of the Lutheran Church. Along with the other sacrament, Holy Communion, it is recognized as a “means of grace” through which the love of God is given and imparted in ways we can never fully understand. In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, water and God’s promises connect the one who is baptized with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and unite us all as the people of God. Baptism is once and for all, and it is for people of any age. We confess that baptism is the gracious action of God, who loves us even before we can do anything to deserve it, and therefore we joyfully baptize infants into God’s loving promises as the parents, sponsors, and congregation make their own promises to help the child or children grow in God’s grace.
Lutheran congregations recognize all baptisms, so those from other traditions are not “re-baptized” when joining this church.
Affirmation of baptism, or confirmation, takes place at about the 9th grade, and many adults will affirm their baptism when they officially join the church.
We are happy to answer any questions you have about baptism, affirmation of baptism, and church membership. Call the church office, 772-6034.