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Belong and Beloved:
Baptisms at Trinity

Welcome! We’re thrilled that you’re interested in exploring baptism here at Trinity for yourself or a loved one. Baptisms are joyful and holy occasions both in the lives of families and in the life of the church. Baptism marks the sacramental beginning of an eternal bond with God.

In the simplest of terms, baptism proclaims two things essential to our identity as Christians: that we belong and that we are beloved.

First, in baptism, God forges a bond with us that can never be broken. When Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened and he was declared the beloved of God. In our own participation in baptism, God makes a similar declaration, reaching down to us in grace through Christ and proclaiming us the beloved children of God. Baptism is not a static event, either, but an identity. As a result, whenever we speak of baptism, we can declare “I am baptized,” not just “I was baptized.” Baptism is an ongoing journey we take with God and with others.

As the rite of full initiation into the Church, baptism is a declaration that we belong – to God and to each other. On every occasion of baptism, the whole parish affirms the covenant made in baptism along with those who are about the be baptized (or their sponsors for infants and small children). It’s a beautiful and holy testament to the truth that we can’t go on the pilgrimage of faith alone. We need each other -- a community of faith, a great cloud of witnesses. In baptism, we acknowledge not only do we belong to God but that we really do belong to each other as well. It’s why the first thing we say to the newly baptized we do so as a community:  “We receive you into the household of God.” (BCP. 308)
One prayer from the service sums this notion of belonging and beloved up nicely:

 

“We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it, we are buried with Christ in his death. By it, we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (p. 306).

 

All are welcomed to be baptized, from infants to elders, and a member of Trinity’s clergy is available to discuss the particular with you in detail. If an infant or child is to be baptized, parents, guardians, and godparents make promises on the child’s behalf.  In general, the baptismal service (BCP p. 299) is a joyous, celebratory occasion that typically occurs on set days in the Church’s liturgical calendar:  the day of Pentecost (June 4, 2017), All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1, 2017), the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (Jan. 8, 2017), or whenever a bishop visits (April 30, 2017).  The Episcopal Churches recognizes all baptisms from all Christian denominations as valid and does not make a practice of re-baptizing individuals, preferring “to receive” formally a baptized individual during the service since the Church believes the bond God makes in baptism is indissoluble and trustworthy.   
 

 

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