January 13, 2019 -- The Baptism of the Lord - Year C
Theme: Why does the sinless Jesus come to be baptized? He does so because this is God’s plan for him; he announces his work, making salvation possible for the whole of humankind. He opens the way for us
IS 42:1-4, 6-7
PS 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10.
LK 3:15-16, 21-22
Reflection on the Word
Prayers of the Faithful
The God who bestows the Spirit upon us and calls us beloved children will give us all we need to grow to fullness of life. Therefore, we pray with confidence:
For the Church, may leaders have the wisdom and courage to call sexual predators to justice and the humility to bring healing to those sinned against. We pray to the Lord.
For the world, may leaders lead with strength and compassion for the poor and suffering. We pray to the Lord.
For peace, that there be an end to killing and strife among countries throughout the world. We pray to the Lord.
For the earth, may we do what is necessary to safeguard the environment for today and the future. We pray to the Lord.
For those in need of joy, hope, healing or freedom. May we help provide solace in daily life. We pray to the Lord.
For our community, and those who seek welcome. May we be witnesses of hope and trust in Christ. We pray to the Lord.
For those who are ill, especially Judy Bachman, Lee Rice, Dottie Smith, Bob O'Harrow, Doris Woolley, and all those listed in the bulletin and in our Book of Prayer. We prayer to the Lord.
For the yearnings of our hearts (pause). We pray to the Lord.
Abundant God, deepen our connection with you, make us aware of your Son within us, empower us to live our baptism. We ask this through Christ your beloved Son. Amen.
John points to Jesus as one greater than himself who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. Let us open our hearts to this Spirit who dwells within us, that we may be pleasing to God in our celebration:
Lord Jesus, you are the beloved Son of God,
Lord have mercy…
Christ Jesus, you are anointed by the Holy Spirit of God,
Christ have mercy…
Lord Jesus, you open the way for us,
Lord have mercy…
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