Community Baptisms Offered At Faith Lakewood

“Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” -- Acts 8:36

On the eve of Easter Sunday, Faith Lutheran Church will offer baptism to anyone who desires it for themselves or their child.

The baptisms offered at the Easter Vigil service on April 15 are especially intended for those who desire baptism but aren’t presently part of a Christian community.

The community baptism service will begin at 7 p.m. and last about 45 minutes to an hour, with scripture, simple songs and the baptisms. A celebration with Easter Sundaes and other desserts and refreshments will follow. All are welcome to attend and participate in worship.

People who would like to be baptized or would like their children baptized, must contact Pastor Mark Rollenhagen in advance by calling Faith at 216-226-6500 or e-mailing him at pastor@faithlakewood.org. They also must arrive at the church by 6:30 p.m. for a half-hour conversation about baptism before the service begins.

Offering the promise of God’s grace through the act of baptism is at the core of the Christian faith. It is an action that binds people to Christ, to God, forever.

The Lutheran understanding is that baptism is God’s work and not dependent on the actions, qualifications or worthiness of the person being baptized. That’s why Lutherans baptize infants.

The baptism rite includes statements of faith in the triune God --Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and commitments by those being baptized or their parents or loved ones, as well as commitments by the Christians gathered for the service.
Faith is located at 16511 Hilliard Road (across from Harding Middle School) in Lakewood and online at faithlakewood.org.

Mark Rollenhagen is the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Lakewood, and Our Savior's Rocky River Lutheran Church, which together are known as Good Soil Lutheran Ministries.

Mark Rollenhagen

Mark Rollenhagen is the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Lakewood, and Our Savior's Rocky River Lutheran Church, which together are known as Good Soil Lutheran Ministries.

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