The Baptism of the Lord: Isa 42:1-4, 6-7; Psa 29:1-4, 9-10; Acts 10:34-38; Mark 1:7-11 ~ annointed with the Holy Spirit and power

The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord marked the end of Jesus’ quiet years in Nazereth and the start of His public ministry.

+ In the name the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening prayer:

God of salvation, in the river Jordan You bathed Your Son Jesus in glory and revealed Him as Your obedient servant. In spirit and in power rend the heavens and come down to us. Strengthen us to acknowledge Your Christ, that we who are reborn in His likeness may walk with Him the path of obedience. Grant this through Jesus Christ, Your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendour of eternal light, God for ever and ever.
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A Reading from the Old testament: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 (NLT)

“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen. He is my chosen one, who pleases me. I have put my Spirit upon him. He will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or raise his voice in public. He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth. Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.”

Baby held in fathers hand _____

“I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will take you by the hand and guard you, and I will give you to my people, Israel, as a symbol of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide the nations. You will open the eyes of the blind. You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.
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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10 (NLT)

Honor the Lord, you heavenly beings; honor the Lord for his glory and strength. Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea. The God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty sea. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.
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The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!” The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever.
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A Reading from the Book of Acts: Acts 10:34-38 (NLT)

Jesus is Baptized

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel — that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee, after John began preaching his message of baptism. And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
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A Reading from the Gospels: Mark 1:7-11 (NLT)

John announced: “Someone is coming soon who is greater than I am — so much greater that I’m not even worthy to stoop down like a slave and untie the straps of his sandals. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”

One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
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Intercessions:

Almighty, ever-living God, when Christ was baptized in the river Jordan the Holy Spirit came upon Him and Your voice proclaimed from heaven,  ‘This is My beloved Son.’ Rend the heavens and come to us now in answer to our prayers:

+ For all the baptised – that we may grow in appreciation of the joys and challenges of Christian living….
Lord, hear us.
+ For the children christened, or dedicated, in the past year – that they may grow to maturity under the guidance of their parents and godparents….
Lord, hear us.
+ For adults preparing to be baptised this year – that their devotion may breathe new life into their comunities….
Lord, hear us.
+ For the Christians who will be confirmed in 2015 – that the Spirit who descended at the baptism of Jesus may fill them….
Lord, hear us.
+ For believers who have grown distant from their faith – that in this New Year they may make a new start….
Lord, hear us.
+ For the community of which we are part – that we may grow in faith and in support of one another….
Lord, hear us.
+ For our friends and relatives who have gone before us in faith, and for children who have died around the time of birth – that all we have lost may pass from death to life…. Lord, hear us.

God our helper in times past, grant that we, who by water and the Holy Spirit are Your adopted children, may continue steadfast in Your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Benediction:

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24-25)

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen



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