The Significance of Holy Baptism

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” --Matthew 28:19-20

Holy Baptism is a significant moment in the Christian faith. It is a spiritual rebirth in accordance with the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:7 ). There is an inner work that takes place – repentance, forgiveness of sin, and reception into Christ’s family, the Church.

Choosing to be baptized signifies a person’s commitment to Jesus Christ and serves as the foundation of their life in ministry and in the family of Christ. When we are baptized, we are being obedient to and following after Jesus Christ; Holy Baptism is a sacrament of the Church, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.

What does Holy Baptism at All Saints’ look like?

Holy Baptism is simultaneously a personal and public event. While the baptismal vows are deeply personal for each individual, there is also an intimate connection shared with the congregation as we all join together to acknowledge a new (or renewed) life in Christ. As such, we encourage our church family to gather together and celebrate the sacrament of Holy Baptism when the opportunity arises.

The order of service is found in The Book of Common Prayer beginning on page 299. Worshipers are welcome to follow along with the officiant and take the opportunity to reiterate their own baptismal vows. The Episcopal Church baptizes infants and young children, who have sponsors who are representatives from their family as well as godparents. Older children, teenagers, and adults are presented one at a time and given the opportunity to speak their vows individually.

What to do if you would like to be baptized

If you have never been baptized and would like to learn more information about this important sacrament, please reach out to us by calling the church office at (863) 688-4502 or emailing us here. If you would like to read more information, here are some helpful resources:

 

Scripture Readings for Dec 8

First Lesson Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm Psalm 72:1-7 Psalm 72:18-19
Second Lesson Romans 15:4-13
The Holy Gospel Matthew 3:1-12

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