Baptism is an act of God through the Church which unites an individual with the body of Christ. Therefore, Baptism is a community event done within the worshiping community usually on a Sunday morning.
Baptism is the adoption of the individual by God. Baptism is the rebirth of a person as a child of God and part of the Body of Christ. In Baptism a person becomes part of the Church of Jesus Christ. Those who are baptized at Trinity become members of Trinity. Children and adults who transfer to Trinity become baptized members of Trinity. Those baptized in the Name of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not baptized again. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4)
Trinity, along with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, believes in baptizing infants to show and act out our faith. Our faith is that God takes the initiative to make us reconciled to Himself. “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
When a child is born into a Christian Family, the Pastor should be notified to participate in the Thanksgiving to God for the new life. Normally, arrangements should be made for the child to be baptized when the child is permitted by the child’s doctor to go out in public. This is often six to eight weeks after birth. In case of emergencies the Pastor is available at all time for Baptisms in the hospitals.
Parents and sponsors who are members of Trinity or another congregation may stand up with the child at the Rite of Baptism. They make promises to raise the child within the Christian community of faith and to participate in the teaching and nurturing of faith. These promises include having the child participate in education and worship life. This also includes the Confirmation Program of the congregation at the proper time in the child’s life.
Adults who desire to be baptized for the first time must be instructed in the Christian doctrines. Talk to the Pastor about appropriate instruction.
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