Baptism

Baptism and the Eucharist are the two sacraments in the Anglican tradition. Based on interpretation of the Scriptures describing household baptisms (Acts 16:31-33; Acts 16:15; Acts 18:8; 1 Cor. 1:16), it is clear that very early in the history of the church, infants as well as adults were baptized.

At baptism, the one baptized (young person or adult) or the parents and godparents (of an infant or young child) promise to renounce Satan, all evil, and all sinful desires that threaten to draw them away from the love of God. They publicly acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior, pledge to put their whole trust in his grace and love and promise to follow and obey him as Lord.

The prayer over the water (“Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit”) and baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit set the action in the context of a divine redemptive initiative. God is reaching out to the one baptized, whether adult, child or infant to accept that one and bring them into a new set of relationships, with himself and with the community of believers.

Baptism is, therefore, a congregational event. In this context, the parents and the congregation are committing by their prayers and witness to help the child or adult grow into their full stature in Christ.

In baptism, the Holy Spirit is sealing the individual as Christ’s own forever. For an infant or young child, the Holy Spirit initiates a life in God that will be actualized when the child confirms, by an act of their will, what was begun at their baptism—that Jesus is their Savior and Lord.

We invite adults who have not been baptized or parents of infants or children who have not yet been baptized to explore the possibility of baptism with our rector at rector@friendsofthesavior.org.

Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call…And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
         Acts 2:38,39,47b