09C - Baptism of Jesus — 11C - Epiphany 3C
See also my posts from 2013, 2016, 2019, 2022
PRAYER OF ADORATION (From Psalm 36:5-10)
Gracious and eternal God,
your lovingkindness cannot be contained
by the cosmos
and your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds;
your acting to put things right
stands like grand mountains
and your judgements are like the deep ocean.
Yet you save humanity and all creation alike;
how precious is your lovingkindness.
You offer safety to all humanity;
all are refreshed in the abundance of your house,
and from the streams of your delight all may drink.
Yours is the fountain of life;
yours the light of the world.
Let your lovingkindness embrace those who know you,
your actions for setting things right
embrace those with a godly heart.
Holy, transforming mystery we name God,
endowed with particular gifts,
we bring an offering;
not simply symbols of our daily living
but also our lives and the talents
that make each who we are,
to be used for the common good
by the inspiration of your Spirit of grace.
This might offer a springboard for imagining ways of connecting creatively with the text today. Perhaps the simplest might be a (glass) jug of water placed at a focal point in the worship space.
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(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.)
Deepest mystery of grace,
beneath, above, around
by the light of your Word
and the warmth of your Spirit
as followers of Jesus,
to comfort and encourage
today and in the days to come,
those whom we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts.
(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
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR EPIPHANY 2C
|All hail the power of Jesus’ name
|Almighty God, lift up our eyes
|Come to be our hope, O Jesus
|God of many names
|O sing a new song to the Lord
|The church’s one foundation
|Wake, awake! for night is flying
|Come, O God of all the earth
|Glory to thee, my God, this night
|God of mercy, God of grace
|Lord Jesus, if the same you are
|Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King.
|What shall we offer our good Lord
|You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord
|1 Corinthians 12:1-11
|A prophet-woman broke a jar
|All praise to our redeeming Lord
|Christ, from whom all blessings flow
|Come, Holy Spirit, come
|Filled with the Spirit’s power
|Holy Spirit, come confirm us
|In Christ there is no east or west
|Let earth and heaven combine
|Made in God’s likeness
|O Sprit of life, O Spirit of God
|Praise the Spirit in creation
|We are your people
|Where the Spirit is, there’s freedom
|As man and woman we were made
|Blessed Jesus, at your word
|Christ, whose glory fills the skies
|Come, my way, my truth, my life
|For the beauty of the earth
|Immortal, invisible, God only wise
|Robe yourself my soul, in gladness
|Your love, O God, has called us here