for Sunday, January 8, 2012
Baptism of the Lord
1st Sunday after Epiphany
lectionary focus: Mark 1: 4-11
Good morning! This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. When Christ was a young man and about to begin His ministry, He went to the River Jordan and His cousin John baptized Him. Our Bible story tells us that as Christ came up from under the water, the Spirit came down like a dove from the sky and the voice of the Lord said, This is my Son, the Beloved; with Him I am well pleased.
What a great blessing! God the Father tells Christ His son that He loves Him; God is happy with Christ even before He begins His work!
In school, we get our grades AFTER we take the test or do the project. In the world, people tell us thank you after we have done them a favor or given them a gift. But here God says Good Work BEFORE the work is done!
This is an important part of baptism. Baptism is that moment when we are claimed as a member of the whole church family, when we know that we belong. And we, like Christ, are given this blessing BEFORE we do anything. God loves us from the very beginning!
Some times it is hard to start a project; some times it is hard to take the first step; some times it is hard; but this we know: God loves us before we start.
How perfect that we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord each January, at the start of each New Year, to remind us that with God’s love and blessings, we can be bold and step forth to begin our work each and every day.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
for loving me
from the very beginning
before I do anything.
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