How do I arrange to have my baby, child, or self baptized at Immanuel?
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism can be a part of any of our worship services on Sunday or Wednesday. Call the church office (641-585-3152) to discuss dates and services available. A time for parents to meet with the Pastor for preparation will be discussed and arranged.
Just as God took the loving initiative to rescue us by sending Jesus to be our Savior, in baptism God takes the initiative to claim us as His children in the sacrament of baptism. Through the promises God makes at baptism, just like in adoption, God brings us into His family and promises that we will be His children forever. Rejoicing in this radical grace, we obey Jesus’ command to “let the children come” to Him. Parents bring their children to God asking and believing in the promise of God’s blessing.
In baptism, through the water and God’s Word, God saves us as His children by immersing us into the love and life of Jesus Christ. We are marked as God’s people with the sign of the cross on our foreheads and our hearts, so that we might trust that we are God’s forgiven people, sealed and protected by the power of the Holy Spirit forever.
This is God’s covenant promise. He never goes back on His promise, though many of His children take prodigal journeys. God as a loving Father is always hoping for His people to come back to His heart of love. God’s hope is that all His children grow to love and trust Him. This covenant of baptism is celebrated in the context of the congregation’s public worship. God’s covenant promise is forever.