Sunday, January 9, 2021

January 9, 2022

10:15 A.M.

Baptism of our Lord

 

Organ Prelude

 

Words of  Welcome and Announcements                John Strawbridge

 

Choral Introit    “Wade in the Water” (Spiritual, arr, Moore)

Wade in the water,

Wade in the water, children,

Wade in the water,

God’s gonna trouble the water.

 

Call to Worship

Sisters and brothers, today we recall: Jesus came to the waters of baptism.

In baptism, our Creator claims us and frees us from the power of hatred and death.

In baptism we are joined to Christ and we are joined together in unity, recalling

“There is no longer Jew or Greek there is no longer slave or free there is no longer male or female for all of us are one in Christ Jesus.”

In baptism, the Spirit of God anoints us for ministry and makes us signs of divine love.

It is the mark of acceptance into the church and the beginning of our growth into full Christian faith and discipleship.

Therefore on this day, the whole church, the Body of Christ, remembers and celebrates.

Let us worship God!

 

Opening Hymn   “Wash, O God, Our Sons and Daughters”  UMH 605 Vs. 1 & 3

1.Wash, Wash O God, our sons and daughters, where your cleansing waters flow.
Number them among your people; bless as Christ blessed long ago.
Weave them garments bright and sparkling; compass them with love and light.
Fill, anoint them; send your Spirit, holy dove and heart’s delight.

3. Oh, how deep your holy wisdom! Unimagined, all your ways!
To your name be glory, honor! With our lives we worship, praise!
We your people stand before you, water washed and Spirit-born.
By your grace, our lives we offer, Recreate us, God transform.

 

Prayer of Confession (All) (based on Isaiah 43: 1-2)

Gracious God, we confess that too often we live as though we are fearful, not faithful. When we encounter the waters of chaos and confusion, we don’t easily pass through them, but we obsess about the height of the water instead of the sight of the other side. You promised to walk through the rivers with us. Help us believe. And help our unbelief.

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

Thus says the God who created you and formed us in God’s image: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” This is the good news!

I belong to God.

 

Old Testament Lesson  Isaiah 43:1-7   NIV

But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. 4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life. 5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. 6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth— 7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

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    Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 NIV NIV

The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

The Word of God form the people of God…THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Sermon   “Jesus’ Baptism”             Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory  “At The River” (Copland)

Shall we gather by the river, where bright angel’s feet have trod,

With its crystal tide forever flowing by the throne of God.

Yes, we’ll gather by the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river,

Gather with the saints by the river that flows by the throne of God.

Ere we reach the shining river lay we every burden down,

Praise our spirits will deliver and provide our robe and crown.

Soon we’ll reach the shining river, soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver with the melody of peace.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

God of new beginnings, as we move into this new year, stir in us the feelings of expectation! Kindle our hearts and minds to see possibilities for our world and for your kingdom. Help us to believe that the world we have can be better: more loving, more just, more compassionate, and looking much more like the world you’ve imagined for us. Lord, help us to give generously this day to empower that to happen. In the name of Christ, Savior and Redeemer, we pray. Amen.

 

Closing Hymn   “Down by the Jordan” By Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Tune: “Praise To 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!”

2. There by the river, the crowd came with great expectation:
“Are you God’s Chosen One, sent here to rescue our nation?”
“No!” John replied. “He who is mightier than I
Judges and offers salvation.”

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.

 

Benediction

Baptized, we will go to share God’s love with others.

We will welcome those the world rejects as our sisters and brothers.

Baptized, we will become the grace of our Lord Jesus.

We will share the waters of life with everyone we meet.

Baptized, we will become the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

We will be a community of justice, not judgment;

we will be a household of hope, not an exclusive club for just a few.

 

Choral Response    “Amen” (Oxford chant)

Amen

 

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

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