Why is there a baptismal font in the chancel?


The baptismal font joins the pulpit and the altar as the third major liturgical furnishing in a Lutheran church.  Charged to baptize, Christian communities have made provision for the rite of Holy Baptism.  While in some periods of history fonts were located in separate baptisteries, the contemporary location (in front) calls attention to Baptism as a means of grace together with the Gospel and the Sacrament of the Altar.  (Lutheran Worship: History and Practice, 209-211)