Sunday 8th January

The Baptism of Christ


First Reading: Acts 10.34–43

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’


Leader: Gavin
Preacher: Gavin

Welcomers – Susan Gilmour


Prayer of Preparation

Song 1 – Here I am to Worship (Light of the World)

Confession and Absolution

Song 2 – Amazing Grace (My Chains are gone)

Baptism of Taylor

Song 3 – I am a new creation

Dismissal of Children to Sunday School

Sunday School – Isaac, Rebecca, Esau and Jacob – Genesis 27-28 – Helen, Nicki and Shirene

Bible Reading: Matthew 3.13–17 – Pansy Nichols

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfil all righteousness.’ Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’


Prayers – Peter Nash

Hymn 4 – Blessed Assurance


Hymn 5 – During Communion – The Lord’s My Shepherd (Townend Version)

Saying Thank you


Dismissal Prayer


Hymn 6 – Let There Be Peace

Go in Peace to love and serve the Lord…

Other Churches

9am (COE)

Leader: Marie
Preacher: Marie

10.30am (HTC)

Leader: Jenny and Anne
Preacher: Terry

11am (SPC)

Leader: Marie
Preacher: Marie