Contact Amy Loetz to schedule a baptism at
aloetz@stlukecg.com or 651-458-5853 ext. 24

 

 

 



What is Baptism and Why is it important?

  1. Baptism is a Sacrament: Aside from breakfast, the most important meal a person will eat is Holy Communion. Other than that one time you fell into a puddle of mud, the most important bath you’ll take is Holy Baptism. These are called “sacraments” -- visible words that you can eat, drink and be washed in.


    Or think of a sacrament like this:  Something ordinary + God’s Word = Christ’s everlasting promise and presence!

  2. A typical Lutheran Baptism is a promise parents and Godparents make on a child’s behalf to raise him or her in the Christian faith. Confirmation is a baptized child’s opportunity to learn more about the faith in which they have been baptized and to affirm their parents’ choice to baptize. It takes a village to raise a child in the faith – that’s why we have Godparents and the congregation. Practicing Faith best as an act of the whole family.
     

    “At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay.” Acts 16:33

  3. I often tell parents who are having their children baptized that they just need to show up and God does the rest. Baptism is primarily about God’s action; We don’t get to choose whom God loves, and God chooses us in Baptism and draws nearer to us in a forever kind of way; without your consent. We see Baptism as the beginning of a life-long eternal relationship with God. Other traditions view Baptism as an outward commitment/public profession of faith. As Lutherans, we believe Baptism is a pact or a “visible word” of “God’s first love.”


    “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

  4. Grace is a gift, pure gift. So are the benefits of Baptism – God’s eternal presence and guidance. Enjoy them and be grateful!


    “You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.” John 15:16

  5. And then?  Discipleship!  Learning about God’s love, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and how God desires to work in and through us to love the world and our neighbors. Think of discipleship like putting on those oxygen masks on airplanes—secure your mask first before assisting others!


    On the day of every baptism, we light a candle and proclaim:

    “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16