Lutherans baptize people of all ages
... not just infants.
God is the true actor in baptism, bringing everyone involved to the font and inspiring
trust and faith.
At Zion, we have 3 fonts due to the history of our church itself.
Our present church has a font which remains here to this day. One font is from the original church on John Street which later became St. Mark's (German) Lutheran Church. When they joined us, the original font came too. When St. Mary's (Finnish) Lutheran merged with Zion, the font was brought over also. For various occasions, one might see any of the three fonts being used respecting both the past and the present history of Zion.
Our Pastor pours water on the baptized child or adult saying "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." After the baptism with water and God's word, Pastor traces a cross on the baptized person's forehead, with anointing oil, and declares that he/she belongs to Christ now. They are part of God's family.
It is to be noted that water in itself doesn't do it. Baptism is water connected to the power of God's Word and it is received by God's gift of faith. When a baby/child is baptized, their parents make a promise to bring the child up in the Christian faith. Godparents support these promises as well as the whole congregation. Confirmation is when the baby/child 'confirms' it themselves
A baptismal candle is lit and presented to show that the newly-baptized person has received the light of Christ. Pastor and the baptized person then walk up the aisle to introduce him/her to the congregation.
Parents are responsible when they bring a child for baptism to live with them among God's faithful people, bring them to the word of god and the holy supper, teach them the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, place in their hands the holy scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer, so that the child may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world God made, and work for justice and peace.
Acts 16: 29 - 33.
Trembling with fear, the jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down before Paul and Silas. He brought them out and begged them, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They replied, "Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, and your entire household." Then they told him and all his household the Good News from the Lord. That same hour he washed their stripes and he and all his family were baptized. .