Rites and Sacraments

What are the Rites and Sacraments?

A sacrament is an act that Jesus tells us to do in which a visible element (bread, wine, water, the pastor) is combined with the Word of God for the forgiveness of sins. A rite is a service of the church that, while not commanded, are usually beneficial for those involved. Rites include weddings, funerals, confirmation, the commendation of the dying, etc.


In the sacrament of Baptism water is united with God’s Word and serves as our entry into God’s kingdom.


Normally youth baptized in infancy are expected to attend classes their 7th and 8th grade years that will explore the basics of the Christian faith, primarily using the Bible and Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.​


In the Sacrament of Holy Communion bread and wine are united with God’s Word to give us Jesus Himself.

Individual Confession

Jesus gives us the opportunity to confess our sins and receive his forgiveness personally applied to whatever the specific sin might be.


“…Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors…” (Revelation 14:13).


Christian Marriage is the joining of a man and a woman in the sight of God and with His blessing.