Baptism of the Lord
Second Sunday After the
We Gather as the Body of Christ
and Funny Story
CENTERING WORDS (Mark 1)
You are God’s beloved child.
God is pleased with you.
CALL TO WORSHIP
Sharon Stewart - Liturgist
In the life of the church, today is known as the “Baptism of the Lord.” Every year, in January, after Epiphany, we look at the Bible story of Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist, in the Jordan River.
As we look at Jesus’ baptism, we can be reminded of our own, and invited to consider what it means to be baptized with water and with the Holy Spirit. Let us turn our attention to worship and away from anything that distracts us from hearing the voice of God in our lives.
Let us worship God together.
HYMN: Baptized In Water
The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2248
(Unison) Sharon Stewart
Claim us, O Lord, as your people, baptized
with water and with the Holy Spirit.
Open the heavens and speak to us,
a word of reassurance, reminding us that
we are your beloved children,
ready to hear your call.
We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Acts 19: 1-7 Sharon Stewart
CHILDREN'S TIME with Pastor Bob
PREPARATION to PRAYER
Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying
The Faith We Sing Hymnal #2193
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Pastor Bob
We Attend to the Word
HYMN: Spirit Song
UMC Hymnal #347
Mark 1: 4-11
This is the Word of God for the People of God
Thanks be to God, Amen
MEDITATION Pastor Bob
Our Baptism Connects Us
We Gather at Christ's Table
INVITATION to the OFFERING
Over and Over, God’s creating Spirit blows
through our lives. In our giving,
we respond to this Spirit.
Give as you are called and as you are able.
OFFERTORY Erin Tellier
Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow
UMC Hymnal # 94
BLESSING of the OFFERING
(Unison) Pastor Bob
You have poured your Holy Spirit on us,
O Lord, prompting us to help others –
by sharing our time, our talents,
and our treasures. Pour out your
Holy Spirit upon these gifts,
that they may help us to do your work
in this community and around the world,
in the name of Jesus. Amen.
HYMN: Shall We Gather at the River
UMC Hymnal #723
We Are Sent in Ministry to the World
BENEDICTION Pastor Bob
The Holy Spirit is present with you and with each one of us:
Encouraging us to be faithful disciples.
Nurturing us so that we can nurture others.
Empowering us to go out into the world, in the name of Jesus.
SENDING FORTH HYMN
Let There Be Peace on Earth
UMC Hymnal #431
DEPART IN PEACE...SHALOM!
Worship Liturgy is taken from two sources:
Lectionary Liturgies and the Abingdon Worship Annual 2023.