The Baptism of Christ
9 January, 9:30 am
Epiphany 1Theme: Baptism
Principal Bible Reading: Luke 3.15-22
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’ And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.
But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’
MusicSong 1: My Jesus, My Saviour
Song 2: The Blessing
Song 3: Lord you have my heart (new song)
Song 4: Amazing Grace (our version) - during Communion
Song 5: Praise to the Lord (the Almighty the King of Creation)
Song 6: Let there be peace
Canon John away. Anne leading and Jenny preaching at HTC.