Sunday, January 10, 2021

You are my Son, the Beloved

January 10, 2021
Baptism of the Lord


Organ Prelude



Welcome and Announcements                                   John Strawbridge


*** Please have a small bowl of water available for use during the service


Choral Introit “Blessed Jesus, at your word” (Johann Ahle)

Blessed Jesus, at Your word
We are gathered all to hear You.
Let our hearts and souls be stirred
Now to seek and love and fear You.
By Your gospel pure and holy,
Teach us, Lord, to love You solely.


Prayer of Invocation (All)

Lord God, as your Spirit descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove, may we also feel the powerful presence of your transforming love, calling us from darkness to bright light. Be with us and guide our steps so that we may truly follow you in all our ways. AMEN.


Opening Hymn “Down By the Jordan” Text: Carolyn Winfred Gilette

Tune:“Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty”

1. Down by the Jordan, a prophet named John was baptizing,
Preaching a message the people found bold and surprising:
“God will forgive! Show that you’ll change how you live!
Surely God’s new day is rising!”

3. Jesus, you went to be baptized along with the others,
Taking your place among sinners, God’s lost sons and daughters.
Then with great love, God’s Spirit came as a dove!
Your work began in those waters.

4. Here in the Church, we are baptized and filled with God’s Spirit.
Freed and forgiven, we’re welcomed with joy! Can you hear it?
This is God’s sign! This is how God says, “You’re mine!”
Let’s take the good news and share it!


Epistle Lesson Acts 19:1-7 (NIV)

1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”“John’s baptism,” they replied.
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
The word of God. . . Thanks be to God.


Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer


Choral Response Cares Chorus TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.


Gospel Lesson Mark 1:4-11 (NIV)

4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks Be To God


Sermon “This IS Who We Are”                                  Rev. Debbie Scott


Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant (Based on a source from reconcile missions network)

On behalf of the whole church, I ask you:

Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness,

reject the evil powers of the world,

and repent of your sin?

We renounce evil power and the forces of wickedness

that run rampant in our world, have a realm within our church,

and too often reside within ourselves. From these we turn away.

Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you

To resist evil, injustice, and oppression

in whatever forms they present themselves?

We claim our God-given power to resist and to reconcile.

We seek to recognize evil, injustice and oppression in its many

forms; exclusion of and inequality for lesbian, gay, bisexual,

trans-sexual and questioning people, racism, sexism, ageism,

and actions which disregard, disrespect, disempower, and

dehumanize. We seek to name it when we see it and to do the work

to end it through our insistence and persistence.

Revealed but not contained in the stories of our faith,

will you strive to walk humbly with God?

We will.

Celebrating the fullness of Jesus’ witness

flowing from the baptismal waters at river Jordan

and the stories of bread broken and shared.

Do you confess the God made known in the One we call Christ?

We do.

Believing what Jesus says about God and trusting Jesus’ example,

will you accept the cost and joy of following the Way;

welcoming the unwelcome-able, speaking the unspeakable,

touching the untouchable, and suffering the insufferable?

We will.

Honoring the Spirit which prods and delights,

will you live the questions of our faith, remaining

open to the continuing revelation of our ever-living God?

We will.

Do you acknowledge your interdependence and mutual accountability with all of


We do.

Claiming God’s grace abundant in our common life, will you covenant together to

cherish inquiry, embrace diversity and tell of the liberating love of God in Christ?

We will.

Will you uphold the United Methodist Church with your

prayers, your presence, your gifts, your witness and your service?

Ours is an imperfect and incomplete church. By our prayers, our

presence, our gifts, our witness of Biblical Obedience and our

services, we are, by the Grace of God, agents of reconciliation

moving together toward perfection. We hold our United Methodist

Church up for God’s reproof and Grace.

Remember your baptism and be thankful.



Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving


Offertory “Wade in the Water” (African American Spiritual)

Refrain:Wade in the water
Wade in the water, children,
Wade in the water
God’s a-going to trouble the water

See that host all dressed in white
God’s a-going to trouble the water
The leader looks like the Israelite
God’s a-going to trouble the water  Refrain

See that band all dressed in red
God’s a-going to trouble the water
Looks like the band that Moses led
God’s a-going to trouble the water   Refrain

Look over yonder, what do you see?
God’s a-going to trouble the water
The Holy Ghost a-coming on me
God’s a-going to trouble the water    Refrain

If you don’t believe I’ve been redeemed
God’s a-going to trouble the water
Just follow me down to the Jordan’s stream
God’s a-going to trouble the water   Refrain


Offering Prayer (All)

God of glory and strength, we share this offering with you as a response to your powerful acts in our own lives. We share our financial resources with you because of the many ways that you have blessed us. Your majestic spirit fills our lives like the mighty waters fill the oceans. All glory is given to you, Lord God. In your powerful name, we pray. Amen.


Closing Hymn Creator of the Water Text by Carolyn Winfrey Gillett

Tune: “Go Make of All Disciples”

1. Creator of the water that makes the world so green,
That satisfies the thirsty, and keeps us cool and clean,
We take from your creation this gift we use each day;
You call us now to use it in this most holy way.

2. As in the time of Noah, the sea engulfed the land,
And through the Red Sea, Moses led Israel ‘cross the sand,
And to the Jordan waters, Christ went and was baptized–

Your water has a power: it changes all our lives.

4. God, through your gift of water, your family we become;
You take away divisions; in Christ you make us one.
Now send your Spirit on us and give us work to do
That we may share with others the love we have from you.



May God strengthen you for adversity
and companion you in joy.
May God give you the courage of your conviction
and the wisdom to know when to speak and act.
May you know peace.
May you be gifted with deep,
true friendship and love.
May every God-breathed thing you put
your hand to prosper and succeed.
May you have laughter to fortify you
against the disappointments.
May you be brave.

Valerie Bridgeman December 18, 2013


Choral Benediction “I Will Trust in the Lord Till I Die” (Spiritual, arr. William Smith)

I will trust in the Lord till I die.


Ringing the Bicentennial Bell


Organ Postlude


Tower Lighting

Eleanor Packard is lighting the tower this week in memory of her husband, John Neal Packard.


Finance Community Jan 13th 6:30 PM


LL 21st CC Meeting Tuesday Jan 12th at 6:00PM




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