To baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is a distinct commandment of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Therefore we at OLLC are glad to baptize everyone who comes or is brought by his or her parents and god-parents to receive this sacrament. According to the actual situation it will be determined who needs to receive instruction and to what extent.
Baptism is received only once. OLLC recognizes all Baptisms with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as administered by other Christian churches. Our practice is to baptize by sprinkling.
OLLC is a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread. Baptism is a significant part of our faith journey as we come from the baptismal waters to live a new life as children of God. Our baptism sets us out on a lifelong journey that is characterized by our relationship to God, our relationship to our faith community, our relationships in our community and the wider world. Living our baptismal covenant means living a life of growth in the faith practices of discipleship.
The liturgy for the Affirmation of Baptism describes the faith practices that grow out of our baptism (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 236). We are to “…live among God’s faithful people; hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper; proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed; serve all people following the example of Jesus; and strive for justice and peace in all the earth.” Baptism is a sign and seal of God’s grace and our response. It is the foundational recognition of our commitment to Christ and normally takes place during a public worship service.
We Baptize infants/children as this witnesses to the truth that God’s love claims us even before we are able to respond in faith. Those presenting children for Baptism promise to provide nurture and guidance within the church of faith until the child is ready to make a personal profession of faith.