Monday, January 1, 2018

An Ordo for the Baptism of Christ (Year B: 7 January 2018)

The Baptism of Christ

7 January 2018

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music


Opening Hymn

‘Crashing Waters at Creation’  Common Praise #42 (sung to #88)

Thanksgiving for Baptism [i]

Blessed be the Holy Trinity, one God,
the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation.  Amen.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism,
we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, O God,
for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters
and by your Word you created the world,
calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.
Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom.
At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons,
making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life,
and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.
Shower us with your Spirit,
and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace and love.

To you be given honour and praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen.

Hymn of Praise

During the Hymn of Praise the congregation will be sprinkled with the blessed water.

‘Glory to God on High’  Common Praise #365

The Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

God of glory,
immerse us in your grace,
mark us with your image,
and raise us to live our baptismal promises,
so that, empowered by the Holy Spirit,
we may follow the example of Christ your beloved,
in whose name we pray.  Amen. [ii]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading:  Genesis 1.1-5

A reading from Genesis.

            1.1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.  3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm:  Psalm 29 from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Worship the Creator in the beauty of holiness.

Ascribe to the Holy One, all you gods;
ascribe glory and power.
Give all honour to God’s name;
worship the Creator in the beauty of holiness.
The Holy One’s voice rolls over the oceans;
the God of glory thunders;
the voice of God is upon the mighty waters.
The voice of God is full of power.
The voice of the Creator is full of splendour.

Refrain:  Worship the Creator in the beauty of holiness.

The Holy One’s voice breaks the cedar trees
and smashes the cedars of Lebanon.
it makes the mountains skip like a calf,
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
Lightning flashes at the sound of that voice,
which shakes the endless wilderness.
That voice brings the deer to labour,
and strips the forest bare.
In the holy temple all shout, ‘Glory!’

Refrain:  Worship the Creator in the beauty of holiness.

The Holy One sits enthroned over the flood;
the Creator sits enthroned forever.
The Holy One gives strength to God’s people,
and blesses the people forevermore,
blessings of peace and well-being.

Refrain:  Worship the Creator in the beauty of holiness.

The Second Reading:  Acts 19.1-7

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

            19.1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples.  2 He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”  They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”  3 Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?”  They answered, “Into John’s baptism.”  4 Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.”  5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  6 When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied — 7 altogether there were about twelve of them.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Hymn before the Gospel

‘Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song’  Common Praise #635 vv. 1, 2

The Gospel:  Mark 1.4-11

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

1.4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.  7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.  8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

            9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.  11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

The gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Hymn after the Gospel

‘Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song’  Common Praise #635 v. 3

The Sermon

The Affirmation of Faith

‘I Believe in God Almighty’  Common Praise #44

The Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of Christ on whom the Spirit descended be with you.
And also with you.


The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘Sing of God Made Manifest’  Common Praise #162 vv. 1, 2, 3

The Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God of life and freedom,
we celebrate the revelation of Jesus as the Christ
who makes all creation new. 
Accept all we offer you this day
and make us new in him,
who is Christ for ever and ever.  Amen. [iii]

The Thanksgiving at the Table

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

We give you thanks and praise, almighty God,
through your Beloved,  Jesus Christ,
our Saviour and Redeemer. 
He is your living Word,
through whom you have created all things.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh from the Virgin Mary
and shared our human nature. 
He lived and died as one of us,
to reconcile us to you, the God and Creator of all.

In fulfilment of your will
he stretched out his hands in suffering,
to bring release to those who place their hope in you;
and so he won for you a holy people.

He chose to bear our griefs and sorrows,
and to give us his life on the cross,
so that he might shatter the chains of evil and death,
and banish the darkness of sin and despair. 
By his resurrection he brings us into the light of your presence.

Now with all creation we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. [iv]

Holy and gracious God, accept our praise,
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ;
who on the night he was handed over to suffering and death,
took bread and gave you thanks, saying,
“Take, and eat:  this is my body which is broken for you.” 
In the same way he took the cup, saying,
“This is my blood which is shed for you. 
When you do this, you do it in memory of me.”

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we offer you this bread and this cup,
giving thanks that you have made us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

We ask you to send your Holy Spirit
upon the offering of your holy Church. 
Gather into one all who share in these sacred mysteries,
filling them with the Holy Spirit
and confirming their faith in the truth,
so that together we may praise you and give you glory
through your Servant, Jesus Christ.

All glory and honour are yours,
Author of creation and Word of redemption,
with the Spirit of wisdom in the holy Church,
now and for ever.  Amen. [v]

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sing against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and forever.  Amen. [vi]

The Breading of the Bread

Gracious God, lover of all,
make us one family in Christ,
one in the sharing of this bread and cup,
one in the communion of the Holy Spirit. [vii]

These are the gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion of the Community

The Hymn after Communion

‘Filled with the Spirit’s Power’  Common Praise #658 (sung to #201)

The Sending Forth of the Community

The Prayer after Communion

All your works praise you, O Lord.
And your faithful servants bless you.

Gracious God,
we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of Jesus your Beloved.
May we, who share his body, live his risen life;
we, who drink his cup, bring life to others;
we, whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,
so that we and all your children shall be free,
and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord.  Amen. [viii]

The Closing Hymn

‘God’s Spirit, As a Rising Gale’  Common Praise #650 (sung to #103)

The Dismissal

Go forth into the world to proclaim the good news of God in Christ.
Thanks be to God.

[i] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 97.

[ii] Liturgy Task Force (2016), 76-77.

[iii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 348 alt.

[iv] Common Praise #726.

[v] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 196-197 alt.

[vi] Common Praise #744.

[vii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 349 alt.

[viii] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 214-215 alt.

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