Baptism is a gift of God’s free and extravagant grace, promise and proof of God’s never-ending love for us and for all people. Baptism is for every person of any age and ability and any walk of life. As we proclaim in worship:
God, who is rich in mercy and love, gives us a new birth into a living hope through the sacrament of baptism. By water and the Word God delivers us from sin and death and raises us to new life in Jesus Christ. We are united with all the baptized in the one body of Christ, anointed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and joined in God's mission for the life of the world.
—Evangelical Lutheran Worship, “Holy Baptism," copyright © 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America