Sunday 19 January

This followed on from the previous Sunday where John’s gospel picks up the baptism of Jesus and works it further.
I found an extended poetic style reflection by Nathan Nettleton and adapted the content and style to my way of speaking. I’m left with the question What am I seeking?
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Baptism of Jesus

I spoke this and used the following litany in which nearly all the congregation responded to the invitation to come forward.

A Reaffirmation of Our Baptism
Sisters and brothers in Christ:
through the sacrament of baptism God’s Spirit has been poured out upon water,
water poured over and immersing us,
water that flows freely for all who will receive it,
water from the streams of God’s saving power and justice,

water that brings hope to all who thirst for righteousness,
water that refreshes life, nurtures growth, and offers new birth.

Today we come again to the waters, to renew our commitments in each other’s presence
to Christ who has raised us,
the Spirit who has birthed us,
and the Creator who is making all things new.

Thanksgiving Over the Water
The Spirit of the Lord is with us. Come Lord Jesus!

Creator God, the life you gave us by baptism into Jesus Christ will never die.
Your justice never fails. Your mercy is everlasting.
Your healing river flows. Your Spirit blows where you will.

We cannot stop you, God! But sometimes we try.
We try to block the flow, we try and redirect the winds of the Spirit,
or we walk so far away from the life-giving Stream
that we do not hear its sound, and we forget its power.
We become parched and dry and thirsty, O God.

Come and refresh us!
Come upon us, Holy Spirit!
Come upon these waters.

Let these waters be to us the streams of your mercy.
Let these waters remind us of your righteousness and justice.
Let these waters renew in us the resurrection power of Jesus.
Let these waters make us long for your coming reign.

Most Holy God, Abba, Creator! Glory to you!
Jesus Christ, Saviour, Lord! Glory to you!
Spirit of fire, Spirit over the waters, Spirit of holiness! Glory to you!
Eternal God, One in Three and Three in One!
All glory is yours, now and forever. Amen!

All who are baptised and have renewed their vows are invited to come to the font to use the water as a sign of refreshing. As each uses the water, another says to her or him:
Remember that you are baptised, and rejoice!

Song response: Halle, halle, hallelujah

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