Prayers of the People
Baptism of the Lord (Year C)
January 10th, 2016
your grace springs forth creation’s song:
in the beginning, your spirit moved over the water’s surface;
during the flood, water carried Noah’s family to safety and creation was reborn;
on water, Moses floated down the river to bring your people home;
through water, the Israelites were led and the Egyptians were defeated;
from water Jesus made wine at the wedding party,
over water Jesus walked and calmed the chaotic tempest.
throughout scripture, water is bent to your will
and used to prove your power over creation.
We remember how your Son, our savior,
walked to the river to meet your prophet John,
how he was baptized with all of them, and all of us,
how the heavens opened up, and the Spirit descended,
and your happiness was showered upon all who were there.
We give you thanks that you find happiness in us,
for why else would you send your son to save us?
We give you thanks that your Son was baptized with us,
that through him our baptisms seal our place within your fold.
surely you know that there are still many within your fold
that cry out for the fulfillment of baptismal promises…
for those who feel grief and sadness…
for those who did not go home for Christmas…
for those shivering on a cold winter’s night…
for those who, like you, were born into poverty…
for those who seek employment…
for those who have lost employment…
for those dealing with chronic pain…
Remind us, God with whom we are baptized,
that our baptisms seal us to go out and serve those who need your grace.
Help us to remember that our baptisms are sufficient for our calling.
Help us to remember that our baptisms are not merely a kodak moment,
a hallmark card memory of nostalgia and cuteness,
but that each baptism is the beginning of faith’s formation,
a journey that both begins and ends with death and resurrection.
Keep us strong, keep us faithful,
lead us beside still waters,
that we might abide with you and you in us.
This we pray in your holy and good name. Amen.
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- Prayer of Dedication - Baptism of the Lord - Year C - January 10th, 2016
- Charge & Benediction - Baptism of the Lord - Year C - January 10th, 2016