8:00 am Traditional Service

9:30 am Family Service

Baptism

As followers of Jesus we recognized that he called us to participate in and receive what we call sacraments. A sacrament is defined as an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. The two he specifically called us to were Baptism and Holy Communion (Which is also called the Lord’s supper or Holy Eucharist.)

Baptism is our sacrament of new life into the body of Christ. Once a person believes in the person of Jesus Christ as both Lord and savior she or he is called to be baptized. The outward and visible sign of baptism is water, in which candidates are baptized, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”.

The inward and spiritual grace set forth in Baptism is death to sin and a new birth to righteousness, through union with Christ in his death and resurrection. I am born a sinner by nature, separated from God, but in baptism, rightly received, I am made God’s child by grace through faith in Christ. (John 3:3-5; Romans 6:1-11; Ephesians 2:12; Galatians 3:27-29)

Only two things are required to receive Baptism; repentance of sins and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and savior.

In the Anglican tradition it is our practice to baptize not only adults but children and infants as well. We do this because we believe that Baptism is also a sign of God’s promise that they are embraced in the covenant community of Christ’s Church. Those who in faith and repentance present infants to be baptized vow to raise them in the knowledge and fear of the Lord, with the expectation that they will one day profess full Christian faith as their own. (Acts 2:39).

Through Baptism we are not only repenting of our sins and committing our lives to Jesus Christ, we are also asking the Holy Spirit to come and dwell within us. Through Baptism we hope and pray that the Holy Spirit who indwells me will help me to be an active member of my Christian community, participate in worship, continually repent and return to God, proclaim the faith, love and serve my neighbor, and strive for justice and peace. (Hebrews 10:25; 12:14; 1 Peter 3:15; 1 John 1:9; 2:1)