We did not mention it because it is so obvious. But good point. Though we have stated that while we perform the sacrament of Holy Baptism, it is God who effects the forgiveness of sins through the water WITH the Word--"In the Name of the Father..." etc.I am posting as if I was a non believer, and attempting to draw out both you and Bonnie into expressing the process of LCMS baptism in a less liturgical manner. As she first wrote it, it seemed to me that the actions in the ritual were paramount, therefore, baptism, especially on an infant, was an action that conferred grace.
Neither of you mentioned the important prepositional phrase "in the name of Jesus Christ" and the purpose that Peter stated 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. "
No, I am not attempting to be pedantic or play the (Mormon-inspired) game of "Say the magic words.", because that is very rude, and I would ask similarly pointed questions if Bonnie's hubby was a CARM poster.
Therefore I am asking questions for understanding, and not attacking anything.
No, my husband has never been on CARM.