Baptisms at St. Paul Lutheran Church are customarily celebrated in the midst of the Sunday morning Divine Service. To arrange for Baptism at St. Paul Lutheran, please call the church office (810) 231-1033. If you have questions about the Sacrament of Holy Baptism or about St. Paul Lutheran Church please feel free to talk to Pastor Gaertner.
Our Lord commands Baptism. It is not optional, nor is it a nice “extra.” Christ has indeed won full forgiveness and salvation for the whole human race with His perfect life, suffering and death, and resurrection. He distributes this same forgiveness in Baptism. Baptism is a means of grace.
“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).
The meaning, power, and promise of Holy Baptism rest entirely on the One who lived perfectly in our place and who suffered and died as the sacrificial ransom for the sins of the world. He rose victorious
If you are interested in having your child or yourself baptized at St. Paul please call the church office (810) 231-1033.
You can download our Baptism Information Form and fill it out. You then can either print the form and mail it to St. Paul or submit the form by email to the church office. Baptism Information Form
What Does Baptism Have to Do With Our Daily Life?
Everything! Our entire life is a life lived trusting in the promises of God, given to us in and through Holy Baptism.
We are constantly returning to Baptism. In moments of temptation and suffering in our lives, when all seems to be crashing down on us, and in particular in those moments when our sin and guilt of those sins haunt us, we are able, as Luther says, to “Pull out our Baptism and wave it under the devil’s nose and say, ‘I am baptized. …I have God’s bath. It is Christ’s own blood.’ It is a bath blessed and mixed with the blood of Christ.”
When in the midst of turmoil we can turn to the “here and now” reality of God’s work in our lives. We return to our Baptism. For it was there and then that God buried us with Christ and raised us with Him to a new life.
In his Large Catechism, Luther says, “Every Christian has enough to study and to practice all his life. He always has enough to do to believe firmly what Baptism promises and brings—victory over death and the devil, forgiveness of sins, God’s grace, the entire Christ, and the Holy Spirit with his gifts.” And: “If you live in repentance, therefore, you are walking in Baptism, which not only announces this new life, but also produces, begins and promotes it.
In Baptism we are given the grace, Spirit and power to suppress the old man, so that the new man may come forth and grow strong. Therefore, Baptism remains forever. …Repentance, therefore, is nothing else than a return and approach to Baptism.”