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Life Passages

Holy Baptism

We welcome all people to the waters of baptism. We believe that in baptism God names us as a beloved child of God. At the same time, it is just the beginning of a lifelong process of daily remembrance of God’s grace in our life. Baptism is appropriate for children as well as adults.

The sacrament of holy baptism always takes place in the context of our Sunday worship service, surrounded by the whole people of God who make promises to pray for the newly baptized and support them in their faith journey.

Holy Communion

As Lutheran Christians, we believe that the bread and cup of the Eucharist are truly the body and blood of Christ, God’s gifts for you. Since we are all on a lifelong journey of understanding the mystery of this sacrament, all are always welcome at Christ’s table.

Typically, children receive Holy Communion for the first time when their parents and pastor determine they’re ready, though this practice can vary from congregation to congregation. First communion instruction is most often geared toward younger children, but can also be tailored for older kids or even adults wishing to learn more about this sacrament.


Since most of us are baptized as infants, with promises made by our parents/caregivers to nurture our faith, the church also provides for opportunities for individuals, typically around 7th or 8th grade, to learn more about the faith of the church and make public profession of their faith through the rite of Affirmation of Baptism, commonly referred to as Confirmation.


At St. John’s, we welcome and support the marriage of two people in love, regardless of marital history, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Our goal is to provide support as you prepare for your wedding day and the years to come.


The church community mourns with you when you mourn. The inevitable occasion of death in the life of a Christian and their community is quite complex. While we are saddened by the loss of our sibling in this pilgrimage on earth, we remember that our loved one now shares fully in new life in Christ. While we mourn our loss, we also give thanks to God for the hope of eternal life that we share through Christ.

We will ensure there is pastoral care as the end of life comes near, and we will work with you to plan a meaningful funeral at St. John’s.

303 Sand Creek Road (street)
P.O. Box 5085 (mailing)
Albany, New York 12205

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