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About Baptism

"Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are clothed with God's mercy and forgiveness."

In holy baptism, God delivers us from the forces of evil, puts our sinful self to death, gives us new birth, adopts us as children, and makes us members of the body of Christ, the church.  The sacrament itself normally takes place in the midst of the worshiping assembly as a sign that baptism makes us one with Christ and with the whole people of God.

Those seeking baptism need not be members of Woodlake--indeed, being baptized will make them so!--but baptism into a congregation in which you can experience the gifts of full participation in the community is encouraged. 

The rite of baptism for infants generally occurs just before or after the Hymn of the Day during a regularly scheduled worship service.  It consists of these parts:
Presentation - Parents and sponsors present those to be baptized
Profession of Faith - The entire congregation confesses faith in the triune God
Thanksgiving - We give thanks for God's saving deeds 
Baptism - Water and the Word raise the baptized to new life in Christ!
Prayer - We ask the Holy Spirit to sustain the new Christian
Chrismation - The cross of Christ is traced in oil on the forehead of the baptized
Welcome - We welcome our new companion in the mission we share

Some instruction is necessary for those embarking on a life of discipleship, or for their parents and sponsors when young children are baptized.  Please call the church office (612-866-8449) and speak to a pastor if you wish to make arrangements to receive the Rite of Baptism for you or your child.  A date will be chosen in consultation with the pastor.

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