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Baptism



“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”   -  Matthew 28:19

Nobody is born a Christian; rather, we become Christians by taking part in church, which is a community with a distinctive way of life centered around the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Baptism is the sign and seal of our entrance into that community and, thus, our new life in Christ.

The physical sign of baptism is water applied to the body, typically the head (though some denominations immerse the whole body), symbolizing the washing away of sin that Christ offers us, accompanied by the words “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  We baptize because Jesus Christ not only modeled baptism, but also gave us the command to go forth and baptize.

The waters of baptism are anticipated in the waters of the Red Sea, through which God delivered Israel from their former life of bondage in Egypt to a new life of covenant relationship with him.  Likewise, in the baptismal waters, we participate by the power of the Spirit in Christ’s death and resurrection, in that we die to separation from God and emerge into the new life that Christ offers.  In baptism, the waters wash us clean and clothe us in Christ’s own garment.  They signify our inclusion in the covenant which God has graciously made with us in Christ.

As there is one body, so there is one baptism.  Thus, in the PC(USA), baptism that has been made with water (no matter what the method… sprinkling, pouring, or immersion) in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, regardless of the age (infant vs. adult) or Christian tradition of the baptized, is valid.

To schedule a baptism, please call the church office.