Lectionary -- Baptism of Jesus 9 (Ordinary 1) Year B

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Genesis 1:1-5 The beginning of creation
Psalm 29 The voice of the Lord
Acts 19:1-7 Baptism and the Holy Spirit
Mark 1:4-11 Jesus baptized by John

Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia.)
SA 20 Christ, when for us you were baptized
6 O love how deep, how broad, how high
197 Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes
203 Hail to the Lord's anointed
234 Brightest and best of the sons of the morning
311 Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
318 Spirit of the living God
362 What shall we offer our good Lord
412 Awake, awake: fling off the night
478 Guide me O thou great Jehovah

Sermon summary (Click here for complete sermon)

Water and Spirit:
The unselfish blessing

Jesus was conscious of being blessed by the Spirit of God -- he saw .. the Spirit descending like a dove on him. It was a very significant experience at the beginning of his ministry; one which confirmed his role as Messiah and his call to the service of the kingdom of God: You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased. [Mark 1:10-11]

The first thing to notice about this experience of blessing was that for Jesus it was not an end in itself. He did not say, 'This is a great experience! Just the kind of religious experience I have been looking for!' No. He certainly did not come to John seeking any such experience. [Matthew 3:14-15]. That is a modern corruption of spiritual life. Jesus was identifying himself with the people who realized that they were sinners, who needed to make a new start. He rejected the temptation to use his special powers for himself [Matthew 4:1-11], but believed that the Spirit of the Lord was upon him for the sake of others, especially the poor, and the sick [Luke 4:18-19].

Baptism, whether of children or adults is effective through the work of the Spirit, through the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church. That is what we pray for whenever we baptize anyone, whatever their age or circumstances. We expect our prayers to be answered and people to be blessed by the gift of the Spirit for their life of service. There are also other special celebrations with prayers for the gift of the Spirit for special purposes, as when the church ordains a minister or commissions an elder or youth worker.

The water of Baptism and the work of the Spirit belong together [compare Acts 10:47 and Acts 19:4-6]. It was the presence of Christ that made the difference [Mark 1:8; John 3:5] and it is not something which you can conjure up or discover for yourself. [John 3:8]. What you can do is enter on a relationship with Christ [John 3:17; Mark 8:34-35]. So we glory in his unselfish blessing.

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Order of Service - Baptism of Christ (Ordinary 1) Year B

The Gathering of the People of God

CALL TO WORSHIP
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. -- Romans 1:7
In the name of Christ. Amen.
Let us worship God in his name.

HYMN 6 O love how deep, how broad, how high

PRAYER OF ADORATION
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!
Lord Jesus, preaching good tidings to the people, proclaiming release to captives, setting at liberty those who are bound:
We adore you.
Lord Jesus, friend of the outcast and the poor, feeder of the hungry, healer of the sick:
We adore you.
Lord Jesus, denouncing the oppressor, exposing the hypocrite, overcoming evil with good:
We adore you.
Lord Jesus, pattern of gentleness, teacher of holiness, prophet of the kingdom:
We adore you.
Lord Jesus, dying to save us from our sin, rising to give us eternal life, ascending to prepare our heavenly home:
We adore you.

CONFESSION
Loving God, Lord of the Church, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed: we have not loved you with all our heart or served you with all our strength; we have been blind to the vision of a renewed world and deaf to your call to costly discipleship; we have been indifferent to the suffering of others and unwilling to forgive one another. In your mercy, Lord, pardon and restore us, that together in the ministry of Christ we may serve you with joy all the days of our life. Amen.

PRAYER FOR FORGIVENESS
Almighty God have mercy on you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

DOXOLOGY: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER

Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: The gift of the Spirit in the service of others
OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 1:1-5 The beginning of creation
PSALM 29 The voice of the Lord
FOR THE EPISTLE Acts 19:1-7 Baptism and the Holy Spirit
GOSPEL Mark 1:4-11 Jesus baptized by John

HYMN 203 Hail to the Lord's anointed
SERMON

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH -- APOSTLES' CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

HYMN SA 20 Christ, when for us you were baptized
OFFERING AND DEDICATION
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
COLLECT FOR THE DAY

THE LORD'S PRAYER [Front of the Hymn Book]

The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 362 What shall we offer our good Lord
WORD OF MISSION
BLESSING
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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