Alternate: Use texts and suggestions from Epiphany (Jan. 6) if not used before.
Baptism of Jesus – B
Sunday between Jan. 7-13
Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):
Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:
Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal
Hymn of Praise: 651
Hymn of Invitation: 177
Communion Hymn: 104
Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:
Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). Chalice, p. 737
Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2012, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)
On Mark 1:4-11
As John preaches by the Jordan,
as he baptizes in flood,
Jesus comes to test the waters
and refresh creation’s bane.
Now the one who will baptize us
in the Spirit breaks the tide.
Suddenly the heavens open,
suddenly the dove appears.
On the form of Jesus landing
comes the Spirit as the dove;
and the heavens ring forever
‘Thou art my beloved son!’
For the many come to hear John,
learn his cry: repent for hope,
find forgiveness poured upon you
in the bounty of our God.
Yet beyond this favor focused
comes the Greater in his time.
Lord come pour your Spirit on us,
bathe our bodies with delight.
Now with eager growing favor
let us savor you, sublime.
In the crease of gracious wonder
tease our hearts to joyous awe.
184.108.40.206.8.7. Suggested tune: Regent Square
RESOURCES FROM THE JUBILEE FUND
Call to Worship (Responsive- Adapted from Psalm 29; See also Psalter 737 – Chalice Hymnal)
L: Ascribe to the LORD the glory of God’s name;
P: Worship the LORD in holy splendor.
L: The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
P: and all in God’s temple say, “Glory!”
L: May the LORD give strength to the people!
P: and bless the people with peace!
Invocation: (From Genesis)
O God of all creation, you have made the heavens and the earth, and formed them from the void. You have spoken the light into existence, and called it good. As we come to worship your power and majesty, as we come to proclaim your mighty acts, receive our worship, O God, and call it “good”.
I want to tell you about Mr. K as he told me his story. Mr. K is about 40 years old and has a smile that makes you want to hear what he has to say. He was born in Northern Jiangsu province into a family of farmers.
“I was 19 years old when I first learned about Christianity from a classmate’s mother-in-law. She had us pray before and after meals, which introduced us to these ideas for the first time. I had little interest in religion, but was willing to pray if it meant I could eat. One day I was walking past a small church and heard the sound of hymns being sung. When I glanced inside the feeling of comfort and peace I felt in that moment led me to believe. I realized God cared for me and it was a moment of great joy. After that I looked forward all week to my Sunday meetings with God. In the congregation no one else had even a middle school education, and 90% of them were illiterate. So they started asking me to preach or help them with reading the Bible. Looking back, it was my happiest year.
Outside of church, my friends had encouraged me to start raising chickens. I had invested in the supplies: feed, eggs, fences. One night I was outside, and sisters from the church came looking for me, but I didn’t hear them knocking on my door. When I heard that I had missed them, I became focused on why it was they were searching for me. I stared at the sky unable to sleep, I knew they were going to ask me to study at the seminary, but I wanted to say “no.”
Then I remembered the verse that says, “Whom can I send? Who can go for us?” And I realized that for my church I was the only one to do this on their behalf. It was my calling. The next day a sister from the church came and asked me to study at the seminary, and I happily agreed.
I had been focused on raising chickens, but God told me to raise my sights.”
When we give to Disciples Mission Fund, we support ministries like the one in Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital in China, from which we received Mr. K’s story. We will now receive the tithes and offerings which make ministries like these possible.
Almighty God, who sends the spirit in such mysterious ways as the insistence of mealtime prayers, and the sound of hymns being sung, we bring these gifts as signs of hope. Bless them and use them, we pray that the Gospel may become known from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.
Mark’s Gospel begins with the story of John the Baptist and a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. In the Acts of the Apostles, Paul expands John’s theology of baptism in Ephesus to include the gift of the Holy Spirit, something the Ephesians had not yet heard about. The table of the LORD not ONLY reminds us of the gift of forgiveness, but the promise of life in the Spirit. As we come, eat, drink, and remember, let us also rejoin and reclaim the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Lord of all time and eternity,
you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father
in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son:
by the power of your Spirit
complete the heavenly work of our rebirth
through the waters of the new creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:
may we recognize him as our Lord
and know ourselves to be your beloved children;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2011. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2011 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries
using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2011; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010. The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010. Version 2012-1.2 30 October 2011. http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary
We also urge you to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.