Baptism is the sacrament (or way that we receive grace) by which God adopts us as God’s own children, and makes us part of Christ’s body, the Church. In baptism, we are joined with Christ in his death and resurrection by a bond that can never be broken, and we are both into God’s family, the Church. In the waters of baptism, our sins are forgiven, and we receive new life in the Holy Spirit.
In our baptismal liturgy, we renounce the evil powers of this world that corrupt and destroy God’s creatures and creation. We turn away from darkness, and turn toward the light of Christ, promising, with God’s help:
- To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.
- To persevere in resisting evil, and whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.
- To proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.
- To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves.
- To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
At St. Luke’s, you’ll notice the baptismal font as soon as you walk in the door to our worship space. We keep it there by the door to remind us of why we’re a community as we walk in to worship; it is the reason that we are bound together as part of Christ’s Body. The font is also there by the door to remind us of the promises we make in baptism as we leave the church, going into the world, to seek and serve, to proclaim and persevere every day. Some people even dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross as they pass the font; this reminds us of our baptism, which brings us together and sends us into the world.
Baptism is life-changing event that deserves reflection and preparation, so we have classes that we ask people who desire to be baptized to take. If you are interested in being baptized, you are encouraged to speak to our priest, Britt Olson, who you can reach by clicking here.