09A – Baptism of Jesus

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See also my posts from 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023

 Palm 29
Give glory and honour and power and authority
to the name of the LORD,
all you children of God!
Worship the LORD in holy awe;
bow down in the overwhelming presence of our God.
Listen to the presence of the LORD over the waters;
hear the majesty of the name of the LORD;
its power and authority above the roar of the flood.
Cedar panels in the Temple splinter at the voice of the LORD,
lightning flashes rip open the sky;
animals give birth before their time, and the earth trembles.
A shout of “Glory!” rises to the LORD enthroned in splendour.
May the LORD give protection and blessing and life for ever 

Source of all being,
we bring our gifts,
an offering of thanksgiving
for your love shown uniquely in Jesus;
and for your sustaining and surprising Spirit,
prompting us to share them
with the wisdom and compassion,
to faithfully bring forth justice,
as followers of Jesus. Amen.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2013.

A CREATIVE MOMENT – Matthew 3:13-17
The worship space could feature the main thematic symbol from the Sundays of Advent – a good length of blue cloth (mid- to dark blue). It could be hung as a large plain banner or draped in a manner appropriate for your worship space. You might want to add a white dove to it, or some other simple representation of the Spirit descending. In addition, a large glass jug of water and perhaps some stones/rocks.

See also 09C Baptism of Jesus Creative Moment (Year C), which could be readily adapted for today.

(A prayer, usually with connection to one or more of the lections for the day, to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession. Sometimes this prayer also borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)

Source of life,
Word of life,
breath of life,
Hear our prayers
for those in our congregation,
our community,
our friendships,
our families,
whom we name on our lips
and in our silence…
And for ourselves,
that we might live more faithfully
the mission into which we are baptised…
         (The Prayers of the People continue)

Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

Brightest and best of the stars of the morning TIS 310
Hail to the Lord’s annointed TIS 275
Hark the glad sound ! the Saviour comes TIS 269
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun TIS 207
They that believe and are baptised TIS 479
When God almighty came to be one of us TIS 281
Isaiah 42:1-9
All hail the power of Jesus’ name TIS 224
Almighty God lift up our eyes TIS 615
My heart and voice I raise TIS 225
O come! O come, Emmanuel TIS 265
The people that in darkness walked TIS 274
The voice of God goes out through all the world TIS 282
With joy, we meditate the grace TIS 206
Psalm 29
I greet you, my Redeemer sure TIS 198
O give the Lord, you children of God TIS 17
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness TIS 454
You are whole, you are holy TIS 753
Acts 10:34-43
All who love and serve your city TIS 634
Aman there lived in Galilee TIS 235
Fold to your heart your sister and your brother TIS 587
Hail! our once despised Jesus TIS 373
My God, accept my heart this day TIS 485
O what a gift, what a wonderful gift TIS 278
The church’s one foundation TIS 457
The voice of God goes out through all the world TIS 282
We have a gospel to proclaim TIS 245
Matthew 3:13-17
Christ, when for us you were baptised TIS 250
Crown him with many crowns TIS 228
Like the murmur of the dove’s song TIS 419
Lord, your almighty word TIS 447
Never in all human story TIS 320
O Lord Jesus, Marrkapmirr TIS 253
O love how deep, how broad, how high! TIS 194
On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s cry TIS 270
When Jesus was baptised in Jordan TIS 252

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