Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.
There are several festivals each year that are especially designated as baptismal festivals. They are – All Saints’ Sunday, the Easter Vigil, the Feast of Pentecost and the Baptism of our Lord: the First Sunday after the Epiphany. At each baptism, in addition to pledging our support for the candidates, those who are already baptized renew their own baptismal vows.
The list of available 2017 baptismal dates is to the right.
The service of Holy Baptism begins on page 299 of the Prayer Book. You may access online the Holy Baptism Service, Book of Common Prayer.
Baptism, which joins people to Christ, is a sacrament. A sacrament uses things we can see to communicate real but inward realities. Through the outward and visible sign of water and in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we receive union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God’s family the Church, forgiveness of sin and new life in the Holy Spirit. At its core, baptism is about connection . . . with others and with God.
Following baptism, we are given strength for our life of faith by personal discipleship, by fellowship with sisters and brothers in the faith and by service. We serve God both as we undertake good works and as we worship. Our central and most important act of worship is the Holy Communion In this service we remember Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and receive him by partaking bread and wine. Holy Communion is a sacrament. Through the outward and visible signs of bread and wine we receive the Body and Blood of Christ so that our sins are forgiven and our union with God and one another is strengthened. Just as in baptism, at its core, Holy Communion is about connection . . . with others and with God.
Confirmation is the rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. The service of Confirmation begins on page 413 of the Prayer Book. You may access online the Confirmation Service, Book of Common Prayer.
The Rt. Rev. Ted Gullick will be with us for Confirmation on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the 11:00 a.m. Classic service. Classes for adults and teens preparing for confirmation are held in the spring prior to the Bishop’s visitation, and the dates will be announced soon. For more information please contact the Rev. Bo Millner.
Youth interested in Confirmation should contact Paul Evans.
Congratulations! When you become engaged, be sure to contact the clergy as soon as possible. They prepare couples for marriage through a series of counseling sessions which use the Prepare/Enrich Premarital Inventory. Also read our wedding guidelines (available in the right column), which will help with planning. The service of Marriage begins on page 423 of the Prayer Book. You may access online the The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage, Book of Common Prayer.