09C – Baptism of Jesus

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Palm 29
Give honour to the name of the LORD,
Worship the LORD in holy awe.
Listen to the presence of the LORD over the waters;
hear the majesty of the name of the LORD;
above the roar of the flood.

Majestic buildings shatter 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!” to the LORD:
The LORD will give strength and blessing and life for ever 

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1998, 2013.

Source of all being,
we offer ourselves and symbols of our daily living
that, helped by your surprising Spirit of grace,
we might bring good news to the poor,
proclaim release to the captives,
recovery of sight to the blind,
and freedom for the oppressed;
in Jesus’ name. Amen.

A CREATIVE MOMENT Psalm 29 and Luke 3:1-17, 21-22
This could be an occasion for creative use of “light and sound”, irrespective of whether your technology resourcesare limited to overhead transparencies and “”ghetto-blaster” or as extensive as video data projector and multichannelsurround sound.

Have two people with contrasting voices (e.g. young/old, female/male) read these passages in the order – Luke 3:15-17, Psalm 29 then Luke 3:21-22. The readings lend themselves to being illustrated with contrasting images.The mood change in the first scene with John the Baptist builds up to “unquenchable fire”; Psalm 29 is majestic, stormy and then peaceful; the final verses from the Luke passage open with a sense of calm and conclude with a stong, authoritative affirmation.
The possibilities are omly limited only by your imagination.

(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
Spirit of deepest mystery,
present among us, with us and in us,
inspire us and encourage us,
as followers of Jesus,
to renew this earth
through compassion, truth, justice
for those around us
who are hurting, grieving, yearning;
whose trouble are known only to you;
and those who have no one…
      (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

Isaiah 43:1-7
God has spoken to his people, hallelujah TIS 636
How firm a foundation, you people of God TIS 578
I will sing the wondrous story TIS 233
Loving Spirit, loving Spirit TIS 417
You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord TIS 48
Psalm 29
Baptised into your name most holy TIS 481
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart TIS 547
I bind unto myself this day TIS 478
I greet you, my Redeemer sure, who lives TIS 198
O breath of God come sweeping through us TIS 409
O give the Lord, you children of God TIS 17
You are holy, you are whole TIS 753
O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God TIS 401
Acts 8:14-17
Breathe on me, breath of God TIS 407
Like the murmur of the dove’s song TIS 419
Baptised into your name most holy TIS 481
In Christ there is no east or west TIS 459
Be thou my vision, o Lord of my heart TIS 547
Luke 3:15-17,21-22
Christ, when for us you were baptized TIS 250
Come, Holy Spirit, our souls inspire TIS 396
Come, Holy Spirit, gracious heavenly dove TIS 710
Hail to the Lord’s anointed TIS 275
Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes TIS 269
Like the murmur of the dove’s song TIS 419
Lord, your almighty word TIS 447
Morning has broken TIS 156
O let the Son of God enfold you TIS 655
There’s a spirit in the air TIS 414
We know that Christ is raised and dies no more TIS 489
When he was baptized in Jordan TIS 252

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