Baptism of the Lord, January 10, 2021

THE GATHERING

Gathering Music: Hymn #113 “Angels We Have Heard on High”

Welcome and Announcements

  1. Bazaar went really well! If interested in where our $ goes…
  2. Re-installation of Judy Smith and Tom Reynolds on Session 1/17
  3. Congregational Meeting 1/17 on Zoom directly after worship, followed by Coffee Fellowship

Prelude: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by J.S. Bach

Call to Worship 

Sing to the Lord a new song:

Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

The heavens opened, the Spirit descended,

And a voice sounded: This is my Beloved Son.

Let us worship God.

Prayer of the Day:

God of heaven and earth, we gather in the name of Jesus to hear your holy Word and to be immersed in your Spirit. Speak to us with grace and truth and pour out your love upon us so that our homes and hearts may resound with joyful shouts of glory; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn of Praise #20: “All Things Bright and Beautiful”

Invitation to Healing

A prophet appeared in the wilderness, calling the people to repent, be baptized, and prepare the way of the Lord. We return to the water to confess our faith in Jesus Christ, the one who came to us with grace.

Prayer for Wholeness

God of all glory, you look not from heaven afar off, but in the close silences of our hearts.  You read us not as we might read a book, but integrate your Holy Self and know us from the inside out.  When we remember that we are not gods, but children, faith ignites anew within us and we turn to your embrace.  Cause us to see as you see, to love as you love, and be healed of all our brokenness and hurts.  For it is in Christ’s name we pray…

                Please continue in silent prayer

Hymn #469 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying(3x) 

Assurance and Passing of the Peace

Friends, believe this Good News: God is One and God is Three – Love constantly flowing in, out, and through; the gift of Jesus Christ for me and for you. For this we say: Thanks be to God!

Since God has loved us through Christ, let us love one another. Please share a sign of peace.

You are invited to share God’s Peace with those with whom you are worshiping.

Sung Response: Hymn #654 “In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful” (3x) 

Celebrating Joys: Where we have seen God at work

Hymn #288 “Spirit of the Living God”

THE WORD

Prayer of Illumination:

Send down your Holy Spirit, O God! Tear open the veil of heaven and speak to us as beloved children so that we may hear and believe the good news of your Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Hebrew Scripture: Psalm 29:1-11

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Second Reading: Acts 19:1-7

“The Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

Gospel Reading: Mark 1:4-11

“The Gospel of the Lord” “Praise to you O Christ”

Reflection: Finding Center~ Pastor Scott Crane

Please spend several moments in silent reflection

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

Hymn of Response: #291 “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”

Affirmation of Faith:  ~ Adapted from the Confession of 1967, 9.15

The power of God’s love in Christ to transform the world discloses that the Redeemer is the Lord and Creator who made all things to serve the purpose of God’s love.

Intercessory Prayers of the People

Creator God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, hear us as we pray:

We pray for the world you have made. . . Move again over our troubled waters, steeped in chemicals and stained with oil. Where carelessness, greed and violence bring chaos restore order, goodness, and life. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We pray for the church you have redeemed. . . Renew in us the gifts of your Spirit and the call to Christian discipleship. Where history and heresy have divided us, make us one in the baptism we share. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We pray for the peoples you have created. . . Give to the leaders of all nations the wisdom to know what is good. Moreover, give them the needed spine to decree what is best for the earth and all her creatures. Where people are poor and hungry provide justice and daily bread. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

We pray for the loved ones you have given us. . . Bless our families, friends, and neighbors; keep them safe from trouble and danger. Where there is sorrow, sickness, or suffering send your Spirit of comfort and healing. Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayers.

All this we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, whose voice is our strength and salvation, whose breath is the Spirit of peace. we pray all this through our Lord Jesus Christ who taught his disciples to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer: “…debts…debtors…” Hymnal p. 35 (Español p. 40)

Invitation to Present Our Offerings

Members, friends, and guests: Church expenses total roughly $1900 a month. Thank you for your commitment and your generosity. Please make checks out to First Presbyterian Church of Trout Lake, PO Box 210, Trout Lake, WA 98650.

Offering of Thanksgiving with Poetry: “Incarnation Speaks” ~ stc

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication

Loving God, we give you thanks for the light of the world, Jesus Christ, through whom we have received adoption as your children.  With Jesus as our brother, we dedicate ourselves in ministry to the world, that we may live as heirs of your promises to the honor and glory of your name. Amen.

SENDING

Closing Hymn #292 “As the Wind Song”

Charge

Do not be afraid, for God is with you and will strengthen you in your journey through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever!

Blessing

May the blessing of God, who creates, redeems, and restores, be with you now and always. “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the [snow] fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may you be held in the palm of God’s hand.” 

Congregational Song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”

Questions for Reflection:

What is the difference between baptism with water alone (John’s baptism; see Acts 19:3, Mark 1:8) and baptism with the Holy Spirit (baptism into Jesus; see Acts 19:4–5, Mark 1:8)? Why is it still important to use water in baptism? What does water mean in your daily life? What difference does the Holy Spirit make in baptism? What difference does the Holy Spirit make in your daily life?

Household Prayer: Morning

Living God, maker of light,

thank you for the gift of this day.

Let me be a light in your world

so that people will look at me

and see the goodness of your creation;

in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Household Prayer: Evening

Living God, maker of light,

thank you for the gift of this night.

Let me be at peace in your presence

so that I may rest, be restored,

and arise to praise your glory;

in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

About Scottrick

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