Baptism at NHCC
We rejoice at the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of baptism
with members and friends of this parish. Baptism is God's gift, celebrated and
sealed by our action. It is one of two sacraments in the Protestant church, and
baptism with water and the Holy Spirit that includes the traditional Trinitarian
formula is recognized across denominations and divisions of the Christian
family. That is, in many ways it is the one thing on which we (almost) all
agree. You are baptized once and for all, and even if you change churches it
doesn't need to be repeated.
Here at NHCC we are able to baptize the children of members and friends
alike. We ask that you establish some relationship with our worshipping
community and come for more than just one day, but since we see baptism as
God's gift we know that it is given beyond simply our own membership walls.
What must one do to pursue this sacrament? Meet with a pastor,
determine just how you will relate to the parish, and then make specific plans.
Is baptism only for infants? Absolutely not. Infants, children, teens, and
adults all have special opportunities to receive this gift. Our pastor has
baptized folks in their eighties, which is quite a celebration!
Since baptism is a sacrament, there is obviously no charge for it. It is
undertaken occasionally as the request arises, generally not on the first Sunday
of the month when we celebrate communion. In addition to the traditional
Trinitarian formula ("in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy
Spirit…") our pastor has embraced the use of a several decade old
additional prayer: "… one God who is Mother of us all." This
maintains our historic faith and recognizes both our inclusive spirit and our
theological awareness and growth.
If you would like to learn more about baptism here, please contact
the office, or visit us in worship some
week. We are always happy to see you. For our Senior Pastor's
thoughts about the significance of baptism in our lives, click
here. Another sermon on one of the meanings of baptism can be found here.
For the meaning of baptism according to the World Council of Churches,
including Scripture references, click here.