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Baptism of the Lord

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME AND FUNNY STORY

Karen Cassidy, CLM

CENTERING WORDS  (Matthew 3)

Karen Cassidy

Come to the waters of baptism. Touch the Spirit’s power.

Feel the Spirit’s loving embrace. Come and be made new.

CALL TO WORSHIP    (Isaiah 42)

responsive reading    Sharon Stewart

Holy waters call us here.

We are a people of the water.

Splash and play in the holy spring.

We are a people of the Spirit.

Wash in the fount of Christ’s love.

We are a people of God’s grace.

Come! Our baptism calls us here.

OPENING PRAYER

(Isaiah 42, Psalm 29, Matthew 3)

Sharon Stewart

Spirit of righteousness, God of power and might, help us be a light to the nations and a reflection of your glorious salvation. Work in our lives and in our ministries that the world might know the power of your love and grace. As you alighted upon Jesus at his baptism, descend upon us this day, that we may be a people of hope and possibility. Wash us clean and renew our spirits through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

HYMN:        “O Worship the King”

UMC Hymnal    #73

OLD TESTAMENT READING

Psalm 29: 1-9    Good News Translation

Sharon Stewart

CHILDREN'S TIME with Miss Karen

PREPARATION FOR PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:        “I Surrender All”

UMC Hymnal    #354

NEW TESTAMENT LESSON

Matthew 3: 13-17, Acts: 10: 34-43

MEDITATION            Karen Cassidy, CLM

“Power Up!”

We Gather at Christ's Table

INVITATION TO OFFERING   

Karen Cassidy

OFFERTORY     "Give Thanks"

The Faith We Sing Hymnal    #2036

BLESSING OF THE OFFERING

(Unison)    Pastor Bob

Be in the gifts we bring before you, O God, as you are ever in the gift of our baptism. Renew your people through this offering as you have renewed us with your presence this day, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

We Are Sent in Ministry to the World

HYMN:        “Spirit Song”

UMC Hymnal    #347

BENEDICTION    (Colossians 3)

Karen Cassidy

Rejoice in the glory of your baptism each and every day.

We will live in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let your spirits soar like eagles but be gentle as doves.

  Renew us once more Great Spirit!

The Spirit of God summons: “Come into the presence of Love.”

Amen.

BENEDICTION HYMN

Let There Be Peace on Earth

UMC Hymnal #431

Old Testament & New Testament Readings are from the

Good News Translation.

Today’s liturgy is from “The Abingdon Worship Annual – 2023”

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