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 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
Scheduling a baptism is a two-step process.
1) Call the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak with the office coordinator. The office coordinator will obtain some basic information from you, and will check the calendar if you have a specific date in mind.
2) The office coordinator will give your information to our pastors, who will contact you to set up a pre-baptism meeting and finalize the date of baptism. Some instruction is necessary for those embarking on a life of discipleship, or for their parents and sponsors when young children are baptized, and therefore a personal meeting with the pastor is required before a baptism can be performed.
What is a baptismal sponsor?
A baptismal sponsor (or godparent) speaks on behalf of the child, saying, “We want this child to be a child of God.” A baptism sponsor makes promises to help the child to know about God and God’s promises in specific ways. Typically there are two sponsors.