AS we move further into the new calendar, let us pray (prayer source):
God of grace and glory,
you call us with your voice of flame
to be your people, faithful and courageous.
As your beloved Son
embraced his mission in the waters of baptism,
inspire us with the fire of your Spirit
to join in his transforming work.
We ask this in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.
It seems there are a couple of choices this week. In some congregations people may be having a delayed celebration of Epiphany. (Some others may be having a service to mark this feast on Thursday as well). Epiphany readings can be found here.
Others of us will be talking about Jesus, and John, and baptism. The readings for the Baptism of Jesus Sunday are here. Lots to work with there. From the waters primeval, to John at the River, to Paul moving folks beyond John's baptism to Christian baptism. The Spirit is there, and water is there, and what does it all mean?
|Baptism of Jesus|
I am tempted to use this on Sunday (I forget where I first heard it):
On the way home from church the Sunday he was baptised little Johnny sat in the backseat sobbing.SO kings and camels, John by the river, the meaning of Baptism, or something non-lectionary related.... possibilities abound. Let us know in the commments where you see your congregaton headed this week.
"What's wrong honey?" asked his mother.
In between his sobs Johnny answered: "The minister said he wanted me raised in a Christian home. But I want to live with YOU!"
|I love the lambs|