The Power of Baptism
What is Baptism?
Martin Luther teaches: “Baptism is not water only, but it is water used together with God’s Word and by His command.”
What is this “Word”?
In Matthew 28, our Lord Jesus Christ says: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
What is a Sacrament?
In Lutheran faith, a sacrament is something that has THREE parts to it…
1. A Command by Christ – Again, Jesus tells us in Matthew 28 to “go” and to “baptize” all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Jesus told us to do it, so we do!
2. Earthly Element(s) – In Baptism, the earthly element is water
3. Promise From God – In Baptism, God forgives sin, delivers us from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe what he has promised.
How can water do such great things?
Our Lutheran faith teaches: “It’s not water that does these things, but God’s Word with the water and our trust in His Word. Water by itself is water, but with the Word of God, it is a life-giving water which by grace gives the new birth through the Holy Spirit.”
What does baptism mean for daily living?
It means that our sinful self, with its evil acts and desires, should be drowned through daily repentance; and that day after day a new self should arise to live with God in righteousness and purity forever. St. Paul writes in Romans 6: “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
What are we promising by presenting our child for baptism, or by being a sponsor?
• To bring this child to worship.
• To teach this child the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments.
• To place in this child’s hands the Holy Scriptures.
• To provide for this child’s instruction in the Christian faith.
Baptisms at King of Kings
Baptism Classes: Baptism classes are held on the first Sunday of every month at 12:00 noon. This class is appropriate for planning an adult or child baptism and must be taken prior to scheduling a baptism. To register for baptism class or baptism, please email Kathy Becher at email@example.com or call 651-738-3110.
Baptism Services: There are two options for celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Worship services are held both during regularly scheduled worship hours as well as specially designed services on Sunday afternoons. Due to time constraints, baptisms during regularly schedule worship hours are limited to three per service and will be assigned on a first-come basis. Baptism services held on Sunday afternoons have more flexibility and can accommodate larger numbers.
2016 Baptism Service Schedule:
December 18 – Service at Noon
2017 Baptism Service Schedule:
January 7/8 – During regular worship
February 11/12 – During regular worship
March 12 – Service at Noon (Lent)
April 9 – Service at Noon (Palm Sunday)
May 14 – Service at Noon
June 10/11 – During regular worship
July 9 – Service at Noon
August 12/13 – During regular worship
September 10 – Service at Noon
October 8 – Service at Noon
November 12 – Service at Noon
December – TBD
Sponsors: Sponsors must be members of a Christian church as they will be making faith promises for the baptized person. The number of sponsors is up to the family.
Note: There are no fees or honorariums for the baptism. Those wishing to give a gift may do so during the offering time.
“Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding!”
Thank you for considering King of Kings Lutheran Church as the place to start your marriage! We want to help you plan not only for your wedding day but also for your life together. A wedding at King of Kings is a worship service that celebrates the love of God and your love for each other.
Planning Your Wedding at King of Kings
Contact Us: The first step to planning arrangements for your wedding at King of Kings is to contact the church office at 651-738-3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be prepared to provide information about your preliminary wedding plans (date, special requests, etc.).
Review the Marriage Handbook: Download a copy of the King of Kings Marriage Handbook here. The Marriage Handbook provides everything you need to know about planning your wedding including: timelines to keep you on track and music suggestions for your ceremony.
Meet with your Wedding Coordinator: Each couple is given a wedding coordinator who will work with you to ensure your big day goes as smoothly as possible. The coordinator is there to help with planning your wedding, answering any questions, and keeping things organized on your wedding day.
It is our prayer that your wedding is one where the presence of Christ will be experienced and you will know the power of Christ’s love in the home that you create together. Whether you make your church home at King of Kings or another church, we hope that you make growing in faith and love for God and each other an important part of your marriage commitment.
May God bless you and your upcoming marriage!
Funerals at King of Kings
Contact: Please contact the church office at 651-738-3110 or email@example.com and inform us of your wishes to schedule a funeral or memorial service.
Review the Funeral Planning Guide: Download a copy of the King of Kings Funeral Planning Guide here. This provides information on how to plan for a funeral and the actual service itself.
Meet with a Pastor: You and your family will meet with a pastor to discuss your wishes for the funeral or memorial service and to guide you through other important points in the days leading up to the service.
We know that this is a trying time for you and your family. It doesn’t matter if you are or aren’t a member, King of Kings is here to help you through this difficult experience with the love and compassion of Christ.
“…and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” – Ecclesiastes 12:7
As a part of it’s continuing ministry, King of Kings Lutheran Church has re-established the tradition of the early American churches by providing for a final resting place. Cremation is consistent with the Christian view that the physical body disintegrates and a new body is given by God in Resurrection. A columbarium is a special place that is becoming the modern churchyard cemetery. It is an above ground, durable structure designed to contain niches of cremated human remains (cremains). The columbarium is a place of solitude located on the west side of our Sanctuary.
Planning Ahead: You plan your retirement long before you retire; through wills and trusts for the disposition of your worldly possessions. It also makes sense to plan ahead for that ultimate event – the end of your life on earth. In that grief stricken period following the death of a loved one, families are faced with many difficult decisions. You can relieve your family of some of this stress by preparing your burial plans in advance of your passing.
Columbarium Niches: Personalized niches in the King of Kings Columbarium are available for you and your loved ones. For more information about purchasing the right of interment, contact the church office.