In Holy Baptism, God liberates us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Born children of a fallen humanity, in the baptismal waters we become God’s reborn children and inherit eternal life. By water and the Holy Spirit we are made members of the Church, which is Christ’s body. As we live with him and with his people, we grow in faith, love and obedience to God’s will.
-ELCA Service of Holy Baptism, Lutheran Book of Worship
At Messiah Lutheran, Baptism ceremonies are generally conducted as a special addition to a regular Sunday Service, for one family at a time, and are attended by the child’s parents, friends, family and godparents as well as members of the congregation who welcome the child into the church.
A note about godparents: Messiah Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), as such the godparent does not have to be a Lutheran, it is only important that the godparent is a Christian. The purpose of being a godparent is to share in the role of the spiritual nurture of a baptized child, in accordance with his/her parents wishes, in the event that the parents are not able to fulfill that obligation. A baptismal sponsor does not need to be a communing, confessing member of the Lutheran church, as long as he/she makes sure the child learns about the Christian faith and preferably Lutheran confession until the child is able to take his faith into his own hands.
Forms for Baptism can be found here.