January 10, 2021

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The Baptism of our Lord
January 10, 2020
11 Old York Road ~ Ringoes, NJ 08551
Pastoral Candidate
Shannen & Ron Hemmel, Musician
Chris Kirsche, Assisting Minister
Terry Welsh, Videographer and Editor
In this time of world-wide crisis, Living Waters Lutheran Church respects the guidance of our Bishop and government agencies and therefore calls the faithful together for a time of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving through on-line venues. Because we love God and neighbor during a time of rising COVID cases and increasing spread, we choose to behave cautiously. To help tend the public health during this pandemic: (1) Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. (2) Wear a face covering. (3) Wash your hands, and regularly clean surfaces. (4) Reduce exposure time to areas with potentially high aerosol concentration, (5) Limit group encounters. (6) Encourage everyone who feels sick or uncomfortable/vulnerable in group settings to please stay home and consult a healthcare provider.
The church is all God’s baptized people. Those who worship, pray, study, and connect for fellowship and service from their homes are very much “the church”. The Good News of God’s reign continues to be fully proclaimed with power and authority on-line in this new time.
Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit of God moved over the waters. Both Mark’s gospel and the story in Acts make clear that it is the Spirit’s movement that distinguishes Jesus’ baptism from John’s. The Spirit has come upon us as upon Jesus and the Ephesians, calling us God’s beloved children and setting us on Jesus’ mission to re-create the world in the image of God’s vision of justice and peace.                                                                                                  
P: Blessed be the Holy Trinity + one God,
whose voice is upon the waters,
whose mercy is poured out upon all people,
whose goodness cascades over all creation.
C: Amen.
P: Let us confess our sin, trusting in the abundant grace of God.
Silence is kept for reflection.
Holy God,
C: you search us and know us.
You are acquainted with all our ways.
We confess that our hearts are burdened by sin—
our own sins and the broken systems that bind us.
We turn inward, failing to follow
your outward way of love.
We distrust those who are not like us.
We exploit the earth and its resources
and fail to consider generations to come.
Forgive us, gracious God,
for all we have done and left undone.
Even before the words are on our tongues,
you know them;
receive them in your divine mercy.
P: How vast is God’s grace!
Through the power and promise of ? Christ Jesus,
our sins are washed away
and we are claimed as God’s own beloved.
Indeed, we are forgiven.
In the wake of God’s forgiveness,
we are called to be the beloved community
living out Christ’s justice
and the Spirit’s reconciling peace.
C: Amen.
P: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
C: The light shines in the darkness, the darkness has not overcome it.
P: Those who lived in the land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.
C: We have seen Christ’s glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.
P: For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given.
C: In Him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
P:        Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace, and transform us by your Spirit, that we may follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C:         Amen
HYMN OF PRAISE: #ELW 304 “Christ When for us You Were Baptized”
1          Christ, when for us you were baptized,
God's Spirit on you came,
as peaceful as a dove, and yet
as urgent as a flame,
as urgent as a flame.
2          God called you, "My beloved Son";
you are God's servant true,
sent to proclaim the reign of heav'n,
God's holy will to do,
God's holy will to do.
Text: F. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984, alt.
First Reading: Genesis 1:1-5
Out of chaos, God brings order. Out of the formless void, God brings light. This familiar story was good news for the Israelites, who experienced much chaos in their history. It remains good news for us. God created and continues to create new life.
1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the 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. 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
Second Reading: Acts 19:1-7
In Ephesus, Paul encounters people who had received John’s baptism of repentance but had never heard of the Holy Spirit or of baptism in the name of Jesus. After Paul baptizes them, the Holy Spirit comes upon them and empowers them with gifts of the Spirit.
1While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. 2He 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.” 3Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” 4Paul 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.” 5On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied—7altogether there were about twelve of them.
Word of God, word of life.
Thanks be to God.
VIDEO PASTOR           
Gospel Acclamation
C: Alleluia. A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” Alleluia. (Matt. 3:17)
Gospel: Mark 1:4-11
Mark’s gospel reports the story of Jesus’ baptism with some irony: the one on whom the Spirit descends is himself the one who will baptize others with the Holy Spirit.
4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And 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. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He 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. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
  9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And 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. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
The gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.         
HYMN OF THE DAY     ELW 671 “Shine Jesus Shine”
Refrain            Shine, Jesus shine,
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze, Spirit blaze, set our hearts on fire
Flow, river flow,
Flood the nations with love and mercy
Send forth Your word, Lord,
And let there be light
  1. Lord, the light of Your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness shining
Jesus, Light of the world shine upon us
Set us free by the truth You now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me
  1. As we gaze on Your kingly brightness
So our faces display Your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story
Shine on me, shine on me
P: People of God, what do you believe?
C: We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty
maker and owner of all things
seen and unseen-known and still undiscovered.
P: People of God, what do you believe?
C: We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God.
Through him all things were made.
P: People of God, what do you believe?
C: We believe that Jesus came for us
and for our salvation.
He became human.
He suffered death and was buried.
P: People of God, what do you believe?
C: On the third day he rose again,
He ascended into heaven.
We believe that he will come again
and his kingdom will have no end.
P: People of God, what do you believe?
C: We believe in the Holy Spirit, the giver of life,
who works as one with the Father and Son.
We believe the Holy Spirit is at work
in the Old Testament and the New.
We believe the Spirit of God is constantly at work
in and through the church.
Children of God, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace with God and one another. The peace of the Lord be with you always.
We share with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us: ourselves, our time, and our possessions. Living Waters is a generous people offering ourselves to God and neighbor, and with the Church through all the ages, giving thanks for the saving love in Jesus.
P: O God,
receive these gifts as you receive us:
like a mother receives her child, with arms open wide.
Nourish us anew in your tender care,
and empower us in faithful service
to tend to others with this same love,
through Jesus Christ, our saving grace.
Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.
A brief silence.
P For the church throughout the world and its leaders, that guided by the Holy Spirit they proclaim the forgiveness of sins, let us pray.
C: Have mercy, O God.
P For wilderness and water, wind and wild beasts, and all living things on earth, that God’s goodness is revealed through creation and faithful stewards care for all God has made, let us pray.
C: Have mercy, O God.
P For the nations of the world and their leaders, for laborers busy both day and night, and for peacemakers amid strife, that God inspire all people to use their strength wisely, let us pray.
C: Have mercy, O God.
P For the sick and those who provide medical care, for the imprisoned and those who show them mercy, for the lonely and those who provide companionship, for all who suffer especially,
Eric Sr and Suzanne
Bill and Mary
that God shower compassion, let us pray.
C: Have mercy, O God.
P For the congregation gathered here, for students returning to school, for those seeking renewal in their daily work, that all the beloved of God experience grace and peace, let us pray.
C: Have mercy, O God.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
P In thanksgiving for the faithful departed who now rest from their labors, that their witness inspire us in our baptismal vocations, let us pray.
C: Have mercy, O God.
P God, hear the prayers of your people, spoken or silent, for the sake of the one who dwells among us, your Son, Jesus Christ our Savior.
C: Amen.
P:         Let us pray with confidence in the words our Savior gave us:
C:         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 sin 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.
P:        God the creator strengthen you.
Jesus the beloved fill you.
And the Holy Spirit the comforter + keep you in peace,
C:        Amen
P:         Go in peace. Be the light of Christ
C:         Thanks be to God
VIDEO SENDING SONG                                                                                                                   
SENDING SONG ELW 673 “God Whose Almighty Word”
1          God, whose almighty word
            chaos and darkness heard
            and took their flight:
            hear us, we humbly pray,
            and where the gospel day
            sheds not its glorious ray,
            let there be light.
2          Christ, who once came to bring,
            on your redeeming wing,
            healing and sight;
            health to the troubled mind,
            sight where illusions blind;
            oh, now to humankind
            let there be light.
Text: John Marriott, 1780-1825, alt.
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