10 January 2021                                                 Baptism of Christ

Collect of the Day

Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit: grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

First Reading

Genesis 1.1-5

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.

 

Psalm   Psalm 29

Refrain: The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

1                 Ascribe to the Lord, you powers of heaven, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

2                 Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

3                 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon the mighty waters. 

4                 The voice of the Lord is mighty in operation; the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.

5                 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;  He makes Lebanon skip like a calf 
and Sirion like a young wild ox. 

7                 The voice of the Lord splits the flash of lightning; the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

8                 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the forests bare; in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’

9                 The Lord sits enthroned above the water flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king for evermore.

10               The Lord shall give strength to his people; the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

Refrain: The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

Open our ears, glorious Lord Christ, to hear the music of your voice above the chaos of this world; open our eyes to see the vision of your glory, for you are our King, now and for ever.

 

Second Reading

Acts 19.1-7

1While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the inland 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. 

 

Gospel   Mark 1.4-11

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.’ 

 

Post Communion Prayer

Lord of all time and eternity,
you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father
in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son:
by the power of your Spirit
complete the heavenly work of our rebirth through the waters of the new creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Acts 19.1-7 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Genesis 1.1-5 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Mark 1.4-11 ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Collect (Baptism of Christ) ©  Oxford University Press: The Book of Common Worship of the Church of South India

Post Communion (The Baptism of Christ) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000

Psalm 29 ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000