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Baptism of the Lord

Second Sunday After the

Epiphany

We Gather as the Body of Christ

WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS,

and Funny Story

Pastor Bob

CENTERING WORDS    (Mark 1)

Pastor Bob

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

OPENING PRAYER

(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.

EPISTLE LESSON

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

PASTORAL PRAYER

LORD’S PRAYER

We Attend to the Word

HYMN:    Spirit Song

UMC Hymnal #347

GOSPEL READING

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

   Pastor Bob

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

DOXOLOGY

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.

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