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Epiphany 1C: Baptism of Christ

 

Jan. 13

 

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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 for each individual pericope:

Isaiah 43:1-7
Psalm 29
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

177-What was your vow and vision

176-Sing of God made manifest

104-Of the Father’s love begotten

651-God who stretched the spangled heavens

183-We meet you, O Christ

365-Wash, O God, your sons and daughters

357-We call ourselves disciples

411-For the bread, which you have broken

 

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.   

 

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Isaiah 43:1-7

 

The God who has us formed,

redeems us from all angst,

cries out: Fear not!  Fear not!

Your name have I called forth.

When you pass through

the haunting deep,

the river’s roar,

I shall preserve!

 

And so we hear the lure

that God secures for us,

redeeming love that calls

and savors us afresh.

Hear now!  Hear now!

I draw you near,

all ransom paid –

you precious ones!

 

Where all has lain in dust

and ruin owns our sight,

yet there, says God, I am

with you.  I am because

I have loved you.

I bring you home;

I call you near

unto my care.

 

6.6.6.6.4.4.4.4.    Suggested tune: Croft’s 136th

 

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).  A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin.  Where practical, these may be offered here as well.  You may also want to visit http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This weekPsalm 29 is on p. 737  

 

Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Call to Worship   

L: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.

P: Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.

L: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.

P: That we may share God’s love and life, may we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.

L: The living Christ is with us.

P: Praise the Lord!

 

OR  (adapted by the editor from Psalm 29)

L: Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

P:  Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.

L: The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.

P:  The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

L: May the LORD give strength to his people!

P:  May the LORD bless his people with peace!

 

OR adapted from MinistryMatters.com

L: Darkness is gone. New Hope has arisen for each of us.
P: We are forgiven and blessed.
L: We are marked by God as disciples
P: God has entrusted us with God’s own message of hope.
L: Come, Spirit of God, and rest upon us.
P: Enable us to be people of hope and peace.

 

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com

L: Creator God, Holy One,
P: you have made us in your image, and we are precious in your sight.
L: Jesus Christ, Son of God,
P: we stand at the river, ready to share in your baptism.
L: Holy Spirit, Dove of Peace,
P: set us on fire with the power of your love.

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Mighty God, as your Spirit moving over the waters brought life from chaos in creation, the coming of Jesus Christ to this world has brought life to all who believe.  Receive the praise and love of we who seek to live as his disciples, following him into the waters of new life.  Give us now a fresh awareness of your presence here among us and in every place where Jesus walks today, for we pray in his name  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com

Lord of Hope and Light, in the midst of darkness you offered light to people who lived in fear. Today that light comes to us as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. Open our hearts this day and remind us that you have marked us as people of hope and light. Prepare us to serve you by serving your world (in the spirit of Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

OR adapted from ministrymatters.com

Holy God of glory and majesty, you have called us by name. We pray in this moment for the courage and the strength to answer your call. As we open our ears to hear the story of your Son’s baptism, open our hearts also, that we may experience again the renewing power of rebirth in the Holy Spirit. Inspire us in this time of worship, that we may claim our own identity as your beloved children. We pray in the name of our brother, Jesus Christ (who taught us to pray, saying, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

O gracious and loving God, we come to you recognizing the wonders of life that you have given us. As winter falls around us, we pray that you will warm our hearts to your will and guidance in all of life, that we may truly live as your baptized people, continually working for the reign of your kingdom on earth.

 

Hear our prayers, O God, this day for all who are absent from us. Hear our concerns and hopes for them and all your people. Touch their lives with your grace that they may find healing, and peace, and love. May your Spirit touch us to ever reach out to them and to those around us that all may feel your generous love in their lives.

 

Hear our prayers for your world. May we see the beauty of creation and work for your peace throughout the world. These and all our prayers we lift to you in the name and Spirit of our life-giving Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

OR  (from Oremus.org)

Lover of souls, you seal us by your Holy Spirit in baptism and claim us as your own forever: May our offering of beautiful worship be acceptable in your sight.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you sit enthroned as King for evermore: May the leaders of the nations do justice and govern with mercy.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you created the heavens and the earth: We praise you that you make holy such basic things of earth—water for baptism, grapes and grain to sustain our souls.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you forgive the sins of the penitent and care for the injured: Be with all victims of gun violence; heal and convert the hearts of the violent. May our city know peace.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, your voice is a voice of splendor: speak healing and comfort to all the heartbroken and needy.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you called the light into being: Let light perpetual shine on those who have died. May we all rest in the hope of life eternal.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

God, your voice moves over the waters.  Immerse us in your grace, mark us with your image, and raise us to live our baptismal vows empowered by the Holy Spirit and the example of Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Eternal Father,

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.

 

Post Communion

 

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.

 

Additional Collect

 

Heavenly Father,

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.

 

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River

Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him

with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his

Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly

confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy

Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2019, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

 

As your beloved Son, O God,

arises from the Jordan’s tide,

we find anointing there

the Spirit with alighting flair.

Become in this occasion, Lord,

the baptism of Spirit

and the threshing of our hearts

for utter joy.

 

Service of Table  

While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here.  We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future. 

 

Offertory / Invitation to Give

We hear again the story of Jesus giving himself more deeply into our lives through baptism, and the opening of heaven’s blessing upon him as he offered his life to God in prayer.  Together, we who have heard the call to follow him in baptism, are also offering ourselves to the world, and opening ourselves to God’s blessing, every time we give of ourselves more deeply to others.  Through our tithes and offerings, as we approach the Table of Christ’s self-giving, we renew our baptismal vows, and affirm God’s reign in our own lives as stewards of God’s gifts.  Come, let us bring our lives before God in the gifts we bring today.

 

Offertory Prayer

Thank you, God of Love, for the promise of this season. We are grateful for the generosity aroused in us by Christ’s coming into the world. May these gifts represent a new spirit of joyous sharing among us, for the sake of all your children everywhere. Amen.

 

Invitation to the Table

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God. This is the Lord’s table. Jesus invites all who seek to trust him to share in the feast which he has prepared. Let us come to his table now with hope and confidence as God’s children.

 

OR

God, who is the Lord and giver and all of life, draws us back toward a moment that marks all of our moments in baptismal faith.  We come to the Table of Christ, we renew our covenant with God, who is always reaching to give to us all the gifts of earth and heaven.  Here, we find in the bread his body, and in the cup his blood, all given that we might truly live as his body in the world, empowered by the Holy Spirit to follow him faithfully from the water and into the world.  Let us come to the Table with open hearts, ready to receive from God’s hands the nourishment to move atGod’s direction.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

 

Gracious, life-giving God, as we who follow Jesus remember his baptism long ago, may our lives be renewed and our baptisms confirmed afresh. And as we gather at his Table, may we receive from your hands the gifts of earth and heaven. May this bread be for us his Body, and this cup his Blood, so that we who seek to live as his body in this world might be empowered by your Holy Spirit to follow him faithfully – from the water and into the world.

 

Conclusion:  Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

If not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’

 

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service.  Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018.  Calendar for 2019

Sun 2 Dec 2018. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2018-19. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2018. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2018 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2018 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2018.

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE:  We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday.  We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary.  Send your comments or content here.

 

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Epiphany +1C: Baptism of Jesus

 

Jan. 10

 

 

You may wish to use a service of Baptismal Renewal. See post from 2012.

 

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 for each individual pericope:

Isaiah 43:1-7 Roman Catholic reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

Psalm 29 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 29:1-5

Acts 8:14-17 Roman Catholic reading: Acts 10:34-38

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Roman Catholic reading: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.

177-What was your vow and vision

176-Sing of God made manifest

104-Of the Father’s love begotten

651-God who stretched the spangled heavens

183-We meet you, O Christ

365-Wash, O God, your sons and daughters

357-We call ourselves disciples

411-For the bread, which you have broken

 

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

 

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). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week: Psalm 29 is on p. 737

 

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Watch site for posting at a later date.

On Acts 8:14-17

 

The word arrives; the water breaks:

new joy invites the rising face

and promise beckons more.

So satisfied upon this joy

that steeps articulated hope,

we linger on some brink.

 

The word supplies; the water bathes,

the name of Jesus adulates

and all is readied hope.

What more there is arrives in prayer,

in faithful hands that press the weight

of Spirit in the soul.

 

Completion lies so suddenly

in rite and echo, leading forth

this buoyancy of heart.

Come quickly, Holy Spirit, come,

upon the seething of the prayer,

the warm caress of God.

 

8.8.6.8.8.6.           Suggested tune: Cornwall

 

Note: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor. If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention. No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  

L: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.

P: Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.

L: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.

P: That we may share God’s love and life, may we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.

L: The living Christ is with us.

P: Praise the Lord!

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. Eternal and Almighty God, we praise you that you cause the sun to rise to bring us the light of this new day and that you raised Christ form the dead to bring us new life. May our lives always face his brightness so we may go wherever he leads, serving in gladness and peace (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions

O gracious and loving God, we come to you recognizing the wonders of life that you have given us. As winter falls around us, we pray that you will warm our hearts to your will and guidance in all of life, that we may truly live as your baptized people, continually working for the reign of your kingdom on earth.

Hear our prayers, O God, this day for all who are absent from us. Hear our concerns and hopes for them and all your people. Touch their lives with your grace that they may find healing, and peace, and love. May your Spirit touch us to ever reach out to them and to those around us that all may feel your generous love in their lives.

Hear our prayers for your world. May we see the beauty of creation and work for your peace throughout the world. These and all our prayers we lift to you in the name and Spirit of our life-giving Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Eternal Father,

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.

 

Post Communion

 

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.

 

Additional Collect

 

Heavenly Father,

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.

 

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River

Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him

with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his

Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly

confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy

Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

 

The expectation, longing for completion, rides

upon the urgency of your delight.

For as the preparation opens eyes and hearts

so in this reparation we discover life

that rises from the tide

accepts the Spirit’s lilt

and your announcement, O our God.

In this arraignment of the heart, we come

to him who baptizes in Spirit and fire.

 

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God. This is the Lord’s table. Jesus invites all who seek to trust him to share in the feast which he has prepared. Let us come to his table now with hope and confidence as God’s children.

 

Offertory Prayer

Thank you, God of Love, for the promise of this season. We are grateful for the generosity aroused in us by Christ’s coming into the world. May these gifts represent a new spirit of joyous sharing among us, for the sake of all your children everywhere. Amen.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

Gracious, life-giving God, as we who follow Jesus remember his baptism long ago, may our lives be renewed and our baptisms confirmed afresh. And as we gather at his Table, may we receive from your hands the gifts of earth and heaven. May this bread be for us his Body, and this cup his Blood, so that we who seek to live as his body in this world might be empowered by your Holy Spirit to follow him faithfully – from the water and into the world. Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]

 

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2015. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2015 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2015; 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.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE: We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday. We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. Send your comments or content here.

 

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First Sunday after Epiphany (Baptism of Jesus) B

 

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:

Genesis 1:1-5 Roman Catholic reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 or Isaiah 55:1-11

Psalm 29 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 29:1-10 or Isaiah 12:2-6

Acts 19:1-7 Roman Catholic reading and Episcopal reading: Acts 10:34-38 or 1 John 5:1-9

Mark 1:4-11 Roman Catholic reading and Episcopal reading: Mark 1:7-11

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.

177-What was your vow and vision

176-Sing of God made manifest

104-Of the Father’s love begotten

651-God who stretched the spangled heavens

183-We meet you, O Christ

365-Wash, O God, your sons and daughters

357-We call ourselves disciples

411-For the bread, which you have broken

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

 

 

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). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://www.modernpsalter.com/ or

http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week: Psalm 29 is found on page 737.

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Acts 19:1-7

Far beyond the cloistered bating,

deep within the Lord’s desire

lies the freedom of the Spirit

in the blithe confessing life.

Coming past the harsh repentance

stand we now with him who came,

Jesus – he fulfilling all love

breaks all boundaries by joy.

Here where timid answers echo

with presumption of the truth,

find we evermore resounding

Jesus in the treasured chore.

In the moment of compassion

all is freed, all is of God.

Let us answer in confession:

Jesus is our bold relief.

Now indeed, O God our savior,

learn we yearning to embrace,

hold as held in full delighting

all you offer, all of grace.

Folly is compassion founded;

evermore the Spirit frees.

And in our upstarting wonder

bliss is our sublime increase.

8.7.8.7.D             Suggested tune: Austria

Note: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor. If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention. No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  

L: We gather in the name of the living Christ to worship God.

P: Surely, God is in this place and calls us to worship in spirit and in truth.

L: God’s love is for you and for all people everywhere.

P: That we may share God’s love and life, may we be renewed in the refreshing Spirit of the living Christ.

L: The living Christ is with us.

P: Praise the Lord!

 

Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. Eternal and Almighty God, we praise you that you cause the sun to rise to bring us the light of this new day and that you raised Christ form the dead to bring us new life. May our lives always face his brightness so we may go wherever he leads, serving in gladness and peace (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions

O gracious and loving God, we come to you recognizing the wonders of life that you have given us. As winter falls around us, we pray that you will warm our hearts to your will and guidance in all of life, that we may truly live as your people, continually working for the reign of your kingdom on earth.

Hear our prayers, O God, this day for all who are absent from us. Hear our concerns and hopes for them and all your people. Touch their lives with your grace that they may find healing, and peace, and love. May your Spirit touch us to ever reach out to them and to those around us that all may feel your generous love in their lives.

Hear our prayers for your world. May we see the beauty of creation and work for your peace throughout the world. These and all our prayers we lift to you in the name and Spirit of our life-giving Lord, Jesus Christ.

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

Eternal Father,

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.

Post Communion

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.

Additional Collect

Heavenly Father,

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.

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River

Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him

with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his

Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly

confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy

Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2014-2015, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Mark 1:4-11

O God, in the breach of time

Jesus went to the Jordan,

went into the water,

arose in your delight.

Send upon us the Spirit

that in your delight we might rise

in the energies of faith,

baptized in the breath of the Lord Jesus.

Service of Table

Preparation (Invitation)

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God. This is the Lord’s table. Jesus invites all who seek to trust him to share in the feast which he has prepared. Let us come to his table now with hope and confidence as God’s children.   [If the offering has not yet been received, add: “Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors”]

 

Offertory Prayer

Thank you, God of Love, for the promise of this season. We are grateful for the generosity aroused in us by Christ’s coming into the world. May these gifts represent a new spirit of joyous sharing among us, for the sake of all your children everywhere. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

Gracious, life-giving God, as we who follow Jesus remember his baptism long ago, may our lives be renewed and our baptisms confirmed afresh. And as we gather at his Table, may we receive from your hands the gifts of earth and heaven. May this bread be for us his Body, and this cup his Blood, so that we who seek to live as his body in this world might be empowered by your Holy Spirit to follow him faithfully – from the water and into the world.

Conclusion: Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2014. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2014 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2014; 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.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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First Sunday after Epiphany: Baptism of Christ – A

Scripture  (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

Isaiah 42:1-9
Roman Catholic reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

Psalm 29
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 29:1-10

Acts 10:34-43
Roman Catholic reading: Acts 10:34-38

Matthew 3:13-17

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates).  Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available.  Visit the Oremus Hymnal.

Hymn of Praise:   97-Fairest Lord Jesus or 176-Sing of God made manifest

Hymn of Invitation:   177-What was your vow and vision

Communion Hymn:   426-The voice of Jesus calls his people

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.   

 

 

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).  A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin.  Where practical, these may be offered here as well.  You may also want to visit http://www.modernpsalter.com/ or

http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week:  Psalm 29 Chalice Hymnal p. 737; also see Call to Worship below

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Isaiah 42:1-9

Here, before us, to be seen,

he in whom God’s soul delights,

bearer of the Spirit’s breath

brings he justice to our earth.

Gentle in the ways we seek,

God alone sustains the meek.

Bruisèd reeds he does not break;

fainting wicks he will not quench.

So, sustaining in your way,

God in Jesus as we know:

servant of the Holy One

is the longing of the land.

So we seek him who gives breath,

him who calls in righteousness:

seek him in the light of God,

in the dawn of future joy.

7.7.7.7.D     Suggested tune: St. George’s Windsor

Call to Worship  (adapted by the editor from Psalm 29)

L: Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

P:  Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.

L: The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.

P:  The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

L: May the LORD give strength to his people!

P:  May the LORD bless his people with peace!

Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Let us pray.  Mighty God, as your Spirit moving over the waters brought life from chaos in creation, the coming of Jesus Christ to this world has brought life to all who believe.  Receive the praise and love of we who seek to live as his disciples, following him into the waters of new life.  Give us now a fresh awareness of your presence here among us and in every place where Jesus walks today, for we pray in his name  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions (from Oremus.org)

Lover of souls, you seal us by your Holy Spirit in baptism and claim us as your own forever: May our offering of beautiful worship be acceptable in your sight.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you sit enthroned as King for evermore: May the leaders of the nations do justice and govern with mercy.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you created the heavens and the earth: We praise you that you make holy such basic things of earth—water for baptism, grapes and grain to sustain our souls.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you forgive the sins of the penitent and care for the injured: Be with all victims of gun violence; heal and convert the hearts of the violent. May our city know peace.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, your voice is a voice of splendor: speak healing and comfort to all the heartbroken and needy.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

Lover of souls, you called the light into being: Let light perpetual shine on those who have died. May we all rest in the hope of life eternal.

Lord, give strength to your people; bless us with peace.

God, your voice moves over the waters.  Immerse us in your grace, mark us with your image, and raise us to live our baptismal vows empowered by the Holy Spirit and the example of Christ our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.

Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)

O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people which call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Matthew 3:13-17

Fulfilling all righteousness,

Jesus submits to John at the Jordan

and is baptized.

Grant us, Lord God, the fulfillment of righteousness

that in justice we may confirm

the anointing by your Spirit

upon the waters, and upon all who go down

to be brought up

in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

Collect

Eternal Father,

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.

Post Communion

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.

Alternative Collect

Heavenly Father,

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.

Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)

Preparation (Invitation)

Christ’s table is spread for all of us—a place of gathering, of fellowship and of praise.  Let us rejoice as we respond to God’s gracious invitation to receive these gifts of Christ’s body and blood that we may be strengthened to live as faithful disciples.  [If the offering has not yet been received, add:  “Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors”]

Preface (to the Words of Institution)

L: The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,.

P:  It is right and just.   [or: “It is right to give God thanks and praise.”]

L:  Holy God, creator of heaven and earth, we joyfully thank you and praise your name.  We praise you for good gifts of bread and wine, and for the table you spread in the world as a sign of your love for all people.  We praise you, Lord, for sending your only Son Jesus to live among us, full of grace and truth.  He who was baptized by the prophet so long ago has made you known to all who receive him in every generation.  Sharing our joy and sorrow, he healed the sick, befriended sinners, and showed us the way to fullness of life in the love which you alone create.  Even having taken up his cross and dying that we might live, he overcame death and is risen in power.  He is still the friend of sinners.  We trust him to overcome every power that can hurt or divide us, and believe that when he comes again in glory, we will celebrate victory with him throughout eternity at his heavenly table.  And so we remember that night on which our Lord was betrayed… (continue with the Words of Institution)

 

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

1.  Loving and life-giving Lord, in remembrance of all your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we take this bread and give you thanks and praise.  Pour out your Spirit upon us, that it may be for us the body of Christ, and that we, and all who share this feast, may be one with Christ and he with us.

2.  Fill us with eternal life, mighty God, as we receive the gift of this cup with hope and gratitude.  May it be for us Christ’s blood, refreshing our spirits, that with joy we may be your faithful people until we feast with him in glory.

Conclusion:  Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

Resources

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2012.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; 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.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

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Baptism of Christ C

Jan. 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 for each individual pericope:

Isaiah 43:1-7
Roman Catholic reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7

Psalm 29
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 29:1-5

Acts 8:14-17
Roman Catholic reading: Acts 10:34-38

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Roman Catholic reading: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   177 What Was your Vow and Vision

Hymn of Invitation:   365  Wash, O God, Your Sons and Daughters

Communion Hymn:   408  Come, Share the Lord

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

 

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).  See Chalice Hymnal p. 737

Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant

Persons who come for  profession of faith for the first time, or to become a member of this congregation, will be received first.

Invitation to Faith Renewal

Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant

                        (Those who desire this renewal will stand)

Do you in the presence of God and this congregation desire to renew the covenant which you made or which was made for you at your baptism?

I do.

Do you seek to walk in the life of faith as a person who trusts in God alone for life, strength and salvation?

I do.

Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Savior of the world; and do you receive him as your Savior and Lord of your life?

I do.

Thanksgiving

        L:  The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

        L: Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

        L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P:  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

        (Minister leads the prayer of thanksgiving)

Act of Remembering

            Those who desire to remember their baptism are invited to come forward and touch the water, and for a moment recall their baptism into Christ; then return to their seats. 

Concluding Prayer  (unison)

        We give you thanks, Holy One, for the grace we affirm this day in water and in the Holy Spirit.                Enable us as sons and daughters of your love to continue to grow in your grace as we look forward to new life in the Resurrected Christ who makes us one in you.  Amen.

 

Service 2

Introduction to the Rite

The church is of God, and will be preserved to the end of time, for worship and sacramental ministries, for the growth of Christian fellowship and discipleship,  for the missions of mercy and compassion, and for the salvation of the world.  All people stand in need of the grace that God alone can give, and God has chosen through the ministries of the church to provide the means of grace to everyone.

This rite, which is not an act of baptism or re-baptism, is an ancient way to recall for us of the gracious act of God by which we enter into Christ, are raised to walk in newness of life, and become a part of his family.  It is appropriately celebrated by all of you who have been baptized, at any age and in any tradition.  For those especially among our young ones who have not been baptized, I ask them to remain in their seats and to pray for each of us who renew our faith today.  I know of no better people in the world to be praying for us than them.

        In baptism we are welcomed into the family and household of God, raised to new life in Christ and nurtured in the Holy Spirit.  In response to the call of Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit, many of you have given yourself to God through profession of faith and baptism.

As we approach the days of Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection, we are especially moved to hear the gospel call again, and are urged to renew our profession of faith—the saving faith that took Jesus to the cross, and brings us to everlasting life.  And we remember our baptism with thankfulness.

I invite you who are baptized to stand where you are, and to join in the Renewal of your Baptismal Covenant, responding as indicated in your order of service.  Those of you who desire to do so, following the thanksgiving, are invited to come forward for a moment of special remembrance—to touch the water and recall the day that Christ entered your life through this sacrament of water and spirit.

Renewal of the Baptismal Covenant

Do you in the presence of God and this congregation desire to renew the covenant which you made or which was made for you at your baptism?                                  I do.

        Do you seek to walk in the life of faith as a person who trusts in God alone for life, strength and salvation?          I do.

        Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Savior of the world; and do you receive him as your Savior and Lord of your life?                             I do.

        L:  The Lord be with you.

P:  And also with you.

        L: Lift up your hearts.

P:  We lift them up to the Lord.

        L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P:  It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Gracious God, we thank you that in every age you have made water a sign of your presence.  In the beginning your Spirit brooded over the waters and they became the source of all creation.  You led your people through the waters of the Red Sea to their new land of freedom and hope.  In the waters of the Jordan, your Son was baptized by John and anointed with your Spirit for his ministry of reconciliation.  May this same spirit bless this water by which we remember our baptisms today, that we may be refreshed and renewed to walk faithfully as your disciples—buried and raised in Christ, strengthened by his resurrection to rejoice in you.  Defend these who present themselves before you with your heavenly grace, and confirm within them the presence of your Holy Spirit; for we pray in the name of Christ our Lord. Amen

Act of Remembering

Concluding Prayer  (unison)

        We give you thanks, Holy One, for  the grace we affirm this day in water and in the Holy Spirit.  Enable us as sons and daughters of your love to continue to grow in your grace as we look forward to new life in the Resurrected Christ who makes us one in you.  Amen

 

Service 3

Celebration of Baptismal Renewal and Blessing

Invitation to Renewal

Confession of Sin and Words of Assurance

L: Lord Jesus Christ, you come to us in peace, but we shut the door of our

mind against you.  In your mercy:

P:  Forgive us and help us.

L: You come to us in humility, but we prefer our own proud ways.  In your

mercy:

P:  Forgive us and help us.

        L: You come to us in judgment, but we cling to our familiar sins.  In your

mercy:

P:  Forgive us and help us.

        L: You come to us in majesty, but we will not have you to reign over us.  In

your mercy:

P:  Forgive us and help us.  Lord, pardon our empty praise; fill our

               loveless hearts; come to us and make our lives your home forever. 

                        (Silent confession)

        L: In Jesus Christ, God knows and receives us as we are.  Let us listen,

give thanks, and live.

Response:  In the Lord                   

Thanksgiving

Act of Renewal

(All are welcome to come forward, touch the water, remember their

baptism, or look forward to the day when they will be baptized.

The pastor will say a blessing for any unbaptized young children as they come forward.)

 

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Isaiah 43:1-7

Fear not, for I have claimed you,

formed you and redeemed you clear.

By your name I call you near:

I proclaim that you are mine.

In the waters, passing through:

I am with you in the tide.

Through the rivers you will walk:

I refresh you every day.

So our Savior, God our Lord,

does announce – the Holy One

all is ransom for these brought

by our Savior in this tide.

Precious by the bathing love,

so is found the presence here.

All in this abiding flood

is brought near, called close in joy.

7.7.7.7.D    Suggested tune: St. Edmund

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

As your Spirit comes upon Jesus,

the one baptized by John,

send now, O God, your Spirit

upon all baptized

that we may know the Lord,

the thong of whose sandal

we are unworthy to untie.

RESOURCES from COMMON WORSHIP

Collect

Eternal Father,

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.

Post Communion

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.

Alternative Collect

Heavenly Father,

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 2012.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; 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.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each
Sunday’s service.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw(Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

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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:

Genesis 1:1-5
Roman Catholic reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 or Isaiah 55:1-11

Psalm 29
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 29:1-10 or Isaiah 12:2-6

Acts 19:1-7
Roman Catholic reading and Episcopal reading: Acts 10:34-38 or 1 John 5:1-9

Mark 1:4-11
Roman Catholic reading and Episcopal reading: Mark 1:7-11

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.

 

8.7.8.7.8.7.             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”.

Stewardship Moment:
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.

Offertory Prayer:
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.

Communion Meditation:
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

 

Collect
Eternal Father,
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.

Post Communion

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.

Alternative Collect

Heavenly Father,
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

 

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The Baptism of Christ
The First Sunday of Epiphany

http://almanac.oremus.org/2011-01-09

Principal Service
Isaiah 42.1-9
Psalm 29
Acts 10.34-43
Matthew 3.13-17

From Common Worship:   http://www.cofe.anglican.org/commonworship

Collect

Almighty God,
in the birth of your Son
you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word,
and shown us the fullness of your love:
help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love
that we may know the fullness of his joy;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

All praise to you,
almighty God and heavenly king,
who sent your Son into the world
to take our nature upon him
and to be born of a pure virgin:
grant that, as we are born again in him,
so he may continually dwell in us
and reign on earth as he reigns in heaven,
now and for ever.

Alternative Collect

God our Father,
in love you sent your Son
that the world may have life:
lead us to seek him among the outcast
and to find him in those in need,
for Jesus Christ’s sake.

 
 Hymn Suggestion

On Acts 10:34-43
 
              Accepted in the Savior,
              by God’s delight we come.
              Following the ways of Jesus,
              in steps of righteous love,
              we stand in sublime bliss
              within our God’s fond embrace,
              become God’s gathered ones.
 
              It is the way of Jesus,
              the way of peace and love,
              the way he lived among us
              his days in Galilee,
              the days from Jordan’s tide
              as Spirit did anoint him,
              filling in grace and power.
 
              From water, Spirit rising,
              Jesus accosts all life.
              Proclaiming kingdom nearing
              Jesus displays release.
              By healing, freeing, Jesus
              displays the wares of heaven
              to threaten every fear.
 
              Upon the cross they hung him;
              into the grave he lay.
              Chosen by God who raised him,
              Jesus transcends the grave.
              In life and beauty shone,
              Jesus appears in glory
              to send us through his joy.
 
                                                      William Flewelling
7.6.7.6.6.7.6
Suggested tune: Es Ist Ein’ Ros’ Enstprungen
 

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