Because of icy road, sidewalk and parking lot conditions, First will NOT have morning worship Jan 9, 2022.
Stay safe and warm, friends.
Happy Baptism of our Lord!
The meditation for today:
Today’s festival rejoices in God’s blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as God’s children, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promised company of almighty God when we “pass through the waters –the rivers fire” -(Isaiah 43) On this day the heavens open again for us, and we receive the gift of God’s Beloved, Jesus.
Take time today to remember and mark your own baptism. Mark a simple cross on your forehead with water and give thanks to God for God’s claim on you- You are Beloved.
Pastor Chris Lee
Although service was cancelled, if you would like to read the readings and prayers, below is the order of worship that was planned for January 9th, 2021:
Order of Worship for the Baptism of Our Lord, Sunday, January 9, 2022
Prelude: – ACS 916 “Down Galilee’s Slow Roadways,” all verses.
Today’s festival rejoices in God’s blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as God’s children, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promised company of almighty God when we “pass through the waters–the river’s fire.” On this day the heavens open again for this assembly, and we receive the gift of God’s Beloved, Jesus, in bread and wine.
Confession and Forgiveness
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, who creates us, redeems us, and calls us by name.
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you and your beloved children. We have turned our faces away from your glory when it did not appear as we expected. We have rejected your word when it made us confront ourselves. We have failed to show hospitality to those you called us to welcome. Accept our repentance for the things we have done and the things we have left undone. For the sake of Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us and lead us, that we may bathe in the glory of your Son born among us, and reflect your love for all creation.
Rejoice in this good news: In ☩ Christ Jesus, your sins are forgiven. You are descendants of the Most High, adopted into the household of Christ, and inheritors of eternal life. Live as freed and forgiven children of God.
Opening Hymn: – ELW 305- “When Jesus Came to Jordan, all verses.
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, you anointed Jesus at his baptism with the Holy Spirit and revealed him as your beloved Son. Keep all who are born of water and the Spirit faithful in your service, that we may rejoice to be called children of God, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7
Near the end of Israel’s exile in Babylon, God promises to bring the people home. They need no longer be afraid, because the one who formed, created, and called them by name now redeems them from all their enemies. God declares them precious and honored, and God loves them.
1But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
3For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
4Because you are precious in my sight,
and honored, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
6I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
and to the south, “Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
and my daughters from the end of the earth—
7everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
Second Reading: Acts 8:14-17
Peter and John are sent to support the new Christians in Samaria, a group that was recently baptized after hearing the good news of Christ through the preaching of Philip. Here the Samaritans receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in the laying on of hands.
14Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit 16(for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). 17Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Gospel: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
The reading opens with questions about the identity of the Messiah. John the Baptist insists that he is not the Messiah; instead he points ahead to one who is coming. And whether the voice of God was heard by all or only by Jesus, God settles the matter: Jesus is God’s beloved Son.
15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Sermon: Pastor Chris Lee
Hymn of the Day: ELW 306 – “Come, Beloved of the Maker,” all verses.
Prayers of Intercession
The Spirit of the Lord is poured out upon us in abundance; so we are bold to pray for the church, the world, and all that God has made.
By the Holy Spirit, you gather your church and send it out in mission to share the good news of Jesus. Inspire your faithful people to be fervent in prayer and service, that all people know they are precious in God’s sight. God of grace,
hear our prayer.
You reveal your love and power through water and the Spirit. Guard rivers, seas, and all bodies of water from destruction and pollution. Secure access to clean water for all, and protect the land from drought and flood. God of grace,
hear our prayer.
Establish among the nations the blessings of peace. Raise up leaders who will protect vulnerable people in their care. Strengthen advocates who risk reputation or retaliation for the sake of mercy and justice. God of grace,
hear our prayer.
You protect us through the fires and troubled waters of this life. Assure us that we will not be cut off from you by illness or despair, anxiety or pain, confusion or weakness. Comfort all who are in need especially Ruth Mortland; Richard Mowery; Melvin Neu; Sky Stoutt; Gary Berg; Jeanna LaRue; Bruce and Sandy Wright; Betty Lee; Paige Wheeler; Julie Prenatt; David Neu; Sheri Stoutt; Nan Hibbs; Britta Maddox; Everett Noah; Libby Hofsas; Noah Stoutt; Shelley Collis; Richard Hotchkiss; Nancy and Bob Bosco; Charysse and Adean Heritage and Family; Randy McIntyre; Karen Bemowski; Marilyn Hubbard; Helen Schubert, and all those we name before you now, aloud or in our hearts…
Give them tangible signs of your steadfast love. God of grace,
hear our prayer.
We are joined in baptism to Christ and to one another. Bless those who are newly baptized and those who are preparing for baptism. Help us to be faithful in fellowship, worship, evangelism, service, and justice-seeking. God of grace,
hear our prayer.
You created each of your saints for your glory. We give thanks for those you have called by name into your eternal embrace especially Adrian of Canterbury, whom we commemorate today, and Susan Palo Cherwien, Mary Daniel, and Pauline McCloud. Comfort us in grief and release us from fear. God of grace,
hear our prayer.
Since we have such great hope in your promises, O God, we lift these and all of our prayers to you in confidence and faith; through Jesus Christ our Savior.
The Lord’s Prayer
Communion: – ELW 800- “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart.”
Communion: – ELW 396- “Spirit of Gentleness.”
Prayer after Communion
We give you thanks, gracious God, for we have feasted on the abundance of your house. Send us to bring good news and to proclaim your favor to all, strengthened with the richness of your grace in your Son, Jesus Christ.
God, who leads you in pathways of righteousness, who rejoices over you, and who calls you by name, ☩ bless your going out and your coming in, today and forever.
Sending Hymn: ELW 304- Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized,” all verses.
Go with Christ into a weary world. Share the good news.
Thanks be to God.
Postlude: TFF 111- “I’ve Just Come from the Fountain,” all verses.
Image credits: Baptism-of-Christ by Leonardo DaVinci, janeb13 Pixabay and DoveDescendingDirectfromLourdes.com
“Down Galilee’s Slow Roadways.” Contributors: Sylvia G. Dunstan, 1955 – 1993. Music: Hal H. Hopson, 1933. Words – ©1991 GIA Publications, Inc.. Music copyright 1983 Hope Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“When Jesus Came to Jordan.” Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1903 – 2000. Music KING’S LYNN, English folk tune. Text copyright 1980 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Come, Beloved of the Maker.” Text: Susan Palo Cherwien, b. 1953 – 2021. Music: JILL, David Cherwien, b. 1957. Text copyright 2001 Susan Palo Cherwien, admin. Augsburg Fortress. Music copyright 2002 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart.” Text: George Croly, 1780 – 1860. Music: MORECAMBE Frederick C. Atkinson, 1841 – 1807. Public domain.
“Spirit of Gentleness.” Text: James K. Manley, b. 1940. Music: SPIRIT, James K. Manley. Text and music copyright 1978 James K. Manley; admin. Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized.” Text: F. Bland Tucker, 1895 – 1984, alt.. Music: LOBT GOTT, IHR CHRISTEN, Nikolaus Herman, 1480 – 1561. Text copyright 1985 The Church Pension Fund, admin. Church Publishing, Inc.. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
“I’ve Just Come from the Fountain.” African American spiritual. Music: HIS NAME SO SWEET, African American spiritual; arr. James M. Capers, b. 1948. Arr. ©1995 Augsburg Fortress Publishers. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream and print the music in this service obtained from One License with license #A-704843.
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