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					“In baptism our gracious heavenly Father frees us          “In Christian love you have presented your child          “We welcome you into
from sin and death by joining us to the death and          for Holy Baptism. You should, therefore, faithfully       the Lord’s family. We
resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are born         bring your child to the services of God’s house,          receive you as a fellow
children of a fallen humanity; by water of Baptism         teach your child the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed and         member of the Body of
we are reborn children of God and inheritors of            the Ten Commandments. As your child grows in              Christ, child of the same
eternal life. By water and the Holy Spirit we are          years, you should place in your child’s hands the         heavenly Father and
made members of the Church which is the body of            Holy Scriptures and provide for instruction in the        worker with us in the
Christ. As we live with him and with his people,           Christian faith, that, living in the covenant of your     kingdom of God.”
we grow in faith, love and obedience to the will of        child’s Baptism and in communion with the Church,             (Evangelical Lutheran
God” 	 	        (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 227)   your child may lead a godly life until the day of         Worship, page 231)
                                                           Jesus Christ.” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 228)

    GOD’S PROMISES                                               YOUR PROMISES                                       CHURCH’S PROMISES
In Baptism, God promises to:                               When you present your child for Baptism, you also         When your child is baptized, we, your Christian
1) make your child a child of God, for your                make very important promises. You promise to:             brothers and sisters, promise to:
    child will be baptized in God’s name                   1) help your child grow in faith by the devotional        1) look upon your child as an important
    (Matthew 28:19),                                          and prayer life in your home,                              member of our Christian community,
2) wash your child clean of sin (Acts 22:16),              2) help your child grow in faith within the               2) support you in making God’s promises
3) give your child the Holy Spirit, which will                community of faith, the Church and,                        known to your child, and
    enable your child to call upon Jesus as                3) take every opportunity to show your child              3) support you in keeping the promises that
    Lord (Titus 3:5),                                         God’s steadfast love and mercy given in                    you make to your child at Baptism.
4) Make your child a member of the body of                    Baptism.
    Christ, the Church (Romans 6:5), and                                                                             When your child is baptized during the worship
5) grant your child eternal life (Mark 16:16).             When you present your child to receive Holy               service, we, the members of Trinity Lutheran
                                                           Baptism, you take upon yourself the responsibility        Church, give you and your child our word that we
As the pastor pours water on your child and speaks         to tell your child of the wonderful promises that         will help you in the lifelong affirmation of faith.
the Word of God, it is God who addresses your              God gives in baptism. You promise to do all that you
child with these promises and who will faithfully          can to cultivate in your child the hope, peace, joy,      We begin by giving you a Beginner’s Bible to read
accomplish them in your child. In this gift from           love and meaning that is part of the life of a child of   with your child. As your child begins the Christian
God, your child will be born again and begin a whole       God. You are promising to do such things as read the      faith we offer the SPLASH ministry that is a tool for
new life, a life led by Christ instead of a life driven    Bible with your child, worship regularly, and teach       parents to use in developing faith in the home. At
by sin. The baptismal water is the physical sign of        him/her about the Christian faith at home, Sunday         the age of three Christian education opportunities
this covenant between God and your child.                  Church School, Confirmation instruction, and any          begin at Trinity Lutheran both on Sunday mornings
                                                           other way you can.                                        and Wednesday nights and when your child is in the
In presenting your child for
                                                                                                                     5th grade we offer First Communion instruction.
Baptism you are doing a
                                                           You need to consider the magnitude of the promises        Confirmation instruction is offered during the Junior
wonderful thing.       You are
                                                           that God gives your child in Baptism, promises more       High Years, and there are many opportunities for
permitting your child to receive
                                                           valuable than anything the world can give. You also       High School students to grow in Christ.
a precious gift, God’s gift of
                                                           need to consider how foolish it would be for your
eternal love. Through Baptism,
                                                           child to live even one day without knowing God’s          You and your child’s regular attendance at the
for the rest of life, your child
                                                           love shown in Christ and through Baptism. Truly,          many worship opportunities we offer will also be an
can be sure of God’s faithful
                                                           the promises you make when you present your child         important way to be fed with God’s Word and grow
and unconditional love.
                                                           for Holy Baptism are the most important promises          in care and concern for each other and the world.
                                                           that you will ever make to your child.
“Do you promise to help your children grow in the                              SPONSORS
Christian faith and life?”                                  People often wish to have sponsors, sometimes called
                 (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 228)   “Godparents,” for their child. The role of a sponsor
                                                            is to aid parents in the promises they made to God
          PRACTICING YOUR PROMISES                          and their child. Sponsors, therefore, need to be
The occasion of your child’s Baptism deserves your          people who view Baptism as a sacramental gift from
careful, intentional, and honest consideration on           God, who will regularly pray for your child, who will
how you will fulfill your Baptismal promises. This          remember your child on the Baptismal anniversary,
event also gives you an opportunity to reconsider           and who will provide a Christian witness in the way
your own Christian life. For your own benefit and           they live. This usually means that a sponsor needs
for the benefit of your child, please answer the            to be an active member of a Christian church. In
question on this page. It can be a guide for you as         addition to the sponsors you may choose your
you faithfully try to live up to your promises.             brothers and sisters of Trinity Lutheran will also be
                                                            your child’s sponsors and promise to do all these
Prayer is the way that we can talk with God. It is          things for your child.
also a way for us to share joys and sorrows with
each other. When will you pray together?                    BAPTISMS AT TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Devotional times with your child are not only a             We are happy and excited that you want your child
time to share your faith together, but they are also a      to be baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church. As soon
good way to grow in faith. Reading Bible stories and        as you know when you would like your child to be
                                                            baptized, please call the church office to establish
having daily devotions will help both your child and
                                                            the date. We also need to know the names of the
                                                                                                                    “Child of God, you
your relationship. (Daily devotion booklets geared
for children are available for free here at church.)        sponsors.                                                have been sealed
When will you have devotions together?                                                                               by the Holy Spirit
                                                            Sometime before the Baptism, please plan to attend
Worship participation with your child is one of the         one of our Baptism Orientation classes held on the       and marked with
promises you make at Baptism. How often will you            second Wednesday of each month at 5:45pm. On the        the Cross of Christ
worship together?                                           day of the Baptism, please be at church at least 15
                                                            minutes before the service. The pastor will go over
                                                                                                                         forever.”
Christian Education is essential for your child as          final details with you.
you “provide for instruction in the Christian faith.”
The church will help you by providing Sunday Church         Because Baptism is a worship experience, please do
School and Confirmation instruction and other               not take flash photos during the service. Discrete
opportunities, but we also encourage you to learn           videotaping and photos is acceptable, photos may
more about your faith so that you may be a better           also be taken after the service.
teacher for your child. How will you and your child
participate in Christian education?

Service toward others is one way we grow into our
Baptism and live out our faith. When your child is
older, what are some ways you can help others?                                                                             Trinity Lutheran Church
                                                                                                                           P.O. Box 447
Celebrating Baptismal Anniversaries will be a great                                                                        38460 Lincoln Trail
help for your child to realize and appreciate their                                                                        North Branch, MN 55056
Baptism. What are some special things you will do                                                                          (651)674-7047
to remember your child’s Baptismal anniversary?                                                                            www.trinitynorthbranch.org

				
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