Worship Resource for Baptism of Christ, Year A

Call to Worship (from Isaiah 42)

One: Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it . . .

All: I am the LORD. I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations . . .

One: To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out the prisoners from their dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.

All: See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth forth, I tell you of them.

* Gathering Prayer              

 God of water and spirit, God of justice and peace, God of generations past and those to come, we thank you for Jesus who shows us the way of righteousness, who humbled himself, who underwent baptism as a ritual of cleansing and community. Scripture tells us that at Jesus’ baptism the heavens opened and all that were gathered heard your voice. Open the heavens to us this morning that we may hear your words of love and encouragement today. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

In baptism we receive the boundless blessings of your love. Teach us to follow the example of Jesus who loved without limits and gave without counting the cost. Amen.

Christmas Eve Reflection 2022

Gde Sukana Kariana (Indonesian, 1974-), “The Nativity,” 2011. Oil on canvas, 50 x 70 cm. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28145592@N07/5240147847/; http://perkantasbaliartexhibition.com/lukisan3.php; http://gedesukana.blogspot.com/2011/03/kelahiran.html. Tags: Southeast Asia, Indonesia (Bali)

Sermon by Rev. Dr. Todd Grant Yonkman at First Church of Christ in Saybrook 24 December 2022