Worship-Baptism of Our Lord 2021-01-10
At the Baptism of Jesus a new era began for God’s people. Through the waters of Baptism, new life is granted. We who are washed in the waters are drowned to our old selves and raised to new life in Him. This is one of the few places in Scripture where we see the entirety of the Trinity revealed simultaneously: the Father speaks, the Son is baptized, and the Spirit appears as a dove.
Are you thirsty; Are you empty; Come and drink these living waters Tired and broken; Peace unspoken; Rest beside these living waters
Christ is calling; Find refreshing; At the cross of living waters Lay your life down; All the old gone; Rise up in these living waters
There's a river that flows; With mercy and love Bringing joy to the city of our God; There our hope is secure Do not fear anymore; Praise the Lord of living waters
Spirit moving; Mercy washing; Healing in these living waters Lead your children; To the shoreline; Life is in these living waters
Are you thirsty; Are you empty; Come and drink these living waters Love forgiveness; Vast and boundless; Christ He is our living waters
There our hope is secure; Do not fear anymore; Praise the Lord of living waters
Prayer of the Day
Heavenly Father, in Jesus’ baptism you declared him to be your beloved Son and set him apart as your agent of grace for your creation. May we who are baptized into his life also be sent as agents of grace in your world; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
First Reading: Genesis 1:1-5 Day and Night
Before God began his creative action of fashioning all that exists out of nothing, the Spirit of the Lord hovered over the waters. The first thing that the Lord God made was light to scatter the darkness. The light was good, according to the Creator, and thus the first day was completed.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Psalm 29 The Powerful Voice of the Lord
The psalmist described the voice of the Lord as it hovered over the waters. The Lord’s voice is one that thunders; it is powerful and majestic at the same time. It breaks down and it builds up; it creates and it blesses. He is worthy of praise!
Ascribe to the Lord, you gods,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his Name;
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders;
the Lord is upon the | mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice;
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire; the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe
and strips the forests bare.
And in the temple of the Lord
all are crying, “Glory!”
The Lord sits enthroned above the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as King forevermore.
The Lord shall give strength to his people;
the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
Second Reading: Romans 6:1-11 Death Has Lost Its Power
Paul asked the rhetorical question, “Are we to continue in sin so that God can shower us with his abundant grace?” The answer was an emphatic, “Heavens, no!” We who have died to sin can no longer live in sin. Our old selves have been put to death through Christ’s death, and we have been raised to new life by his resurrection.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Gospel Reading: Mark 1:4-11 Baptism of Jesus
The Evangelist recalled the ministry of John’s baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. John proclaimed that one would come after him who was greater than him, and he would baptize with the Holy Spirit. As Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River, the Spirit descended upon him and a voice from heaven proclaimed his sonship. “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
Next Week’s Readings:
1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]; Psalm 139:1-10; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51
The Sermon - Pastor Jill
He Will Hold Me Fast
When I fear my faith will fail; Christ will hold me fast When the tempter would prevail; He will hold me fast I could never keep my hold; Through life's fearful path For my love is often cold; He must hold me fast
He will hold me fast; He will hold me fast For my Savior loves me so; He will hold me fast
Those He saves are His delight; Christ will hold me fast Precious in His holy sight; He will hold me fast He'll not let my soul be lost; His Promises shall last Bought by Him at such a cost; He will hold me fast
For my life He bled and died; Christ will hold me fast Justice has been satisfied; He will hold me fast Raised with Him to endless life; He will hold me fast Till our faith is turned to sight; When He comes at last
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Prayers of the Church
Renewal Through Baptism
Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the new year that is upon us and for the new life in Christ that is within us. May we hold fast to your promise through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that we are indeed free from sin’s control and have new life because he gave his own life for us. Help us to remember and recall our baptism into this new life so that we may share the hope and peace we have in you. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Care for Caregivers
Gracious and merciful Father, we pray for all who are in the midst of taking care of loved ones. May they feel your presence and guidance to be compassionate caregivers revealing your continuous love through them. Give them patience and understanding as we are reminded of your promise through the power of the Holy Spirit. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Lord, Heavenly Father, help us consistently care for the leaders and pastors of our church. May we continue to lift them up in prayer for their own well-being and for the well-being of the whole church. We thank you for their presence in the church and in the world as beacons of light and hope to a people in need of your peace, presence, and hope. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Health and Wellness
Lord Jesus, Almighty Healer, we pray for those who are afflicted with chronic pain, depression, and other health issues that affect their way of living in this world. May the promise of eternal life with you give us all the hope we need to sustain us. [We remember especially….] Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.