Friday, January 8, 2021

January 10, 2021 The Baptism of our Lord

 Advent is supposed to be the season of waiting and Epiphany is supposed to be the season of revelation and discovery, but we find ourselves waiting again. I hope that we will be able to find ways to survive and spend these next several weeks in lockdown and under curfew, and that we might discover something new along the way. Let’s also try to keep in touch! 

Hymn.    All Beautiful the March of Days #530VU

Scripture Lessons:    Genesis 1:1-5

                                  Psalm 29 p. 756 VU

                                  Mark 1:1-11


Prayer:  O God, when your love spilled over into creation, you thought of us. We are from love, of love, and for love. Let our hearts, O God, always recognize, cherish, and enjoy your goodness in all of creation. Direct all that we are toward your praise. Teach us reverence for every person, all things. Empower us in your service. Living God, may nothing ever distract us from your love..... neither health nor sickness, wealth nor poverty; honour nor dishonour; long life nor short life. May we never seek nor choose to be other than you intend or wish. Amen. 

God of all creation, we ask your blessing on each of us as we enter into the mystery of your ongoing moulding and shaping of our lives. May the spirit of Christ gift us with the grace of loving receptivity to your living Word eager to be born within us. We offer this prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen (These prayers are taken from Jacquelin Syrup Bergman and S. Marie Schwan’s collection of services, Taste and See.)

Hymn:  Songs of Thankfulness and Praise #101VU

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