We Lutherans believe that God has given two sacraments to the Church. They are the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
God is the giver of all good gifts in our lives, and enjoys using the ordinary, everyday elements of our lives to continually reach out in blessing to us. God's most enduring gifts, however, are those in which He combines the power and promise of His Word with such earthly, life-sustaining things as water, bread and wine. They are a means by which God gives life, grace, and salvation to God's people.
In Holy Baptism, God makes an eternal claim on us, and initiates for us a life lived in relationship with Him. Holy Baptism is the one indelible event in our lives that will forever tell us who we are, whose we are, and how we are to live.
We normally baptize infants who are brought to God's house by faithful adults who make the commitment to raise their children in the faith, yet we also welcome any unbaptized adult who desires a deeper relationship to God to also receive this holy sacrament. Through baptism, God claims us as his own son or daughter, and individuals are brought into membership in the church, which is the Body of Christ.
In Holy Communion (also known as the Eucharist), our regular gathering around God's table, Christ's own presence among us nourishes the baptized life we live... further strengthening our relationship with God, and our relationships with one another. (As Lutheran Christians, we join our Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Episcopal sisters and brothers in believing that Christ is truly present to us in the bread and wine.) Holy Communion is celebrated at every weekend worship gathering of this congregation, and all are welcomed to the Lord's Table.
We generally offer First Communion instruction to children on a 1-on-1 basis, at a time in the child's life when both parents and pastor feel the child is ready.