Sunday 10th January ~ The Baptism of Christ
The Collect: Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed 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. Amen
The Epistle is written in the 19th chapter of the Acts of the Holy Apostles:
While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptised into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all. This is the Word of the Lord All: Thanks be to God
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark: Glory to You, O Lord
John the baptiser appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptised by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie His sandals. I have baptised you with water; but He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord: All: Praise to You, O Christ
Intercessions: The Baptism of Christ
Everlasting God, we give thanks for this new day and as this morning we focus on the Baptism of our Lord, let us remember our own Baptisms and our calling to be Christians. May we be filled with such joy as we believe in you that our hearts overflow with love for you and for all who we meet along our journey and help us to understand the mystery of the baptism of your Son. May we walk in your way, live our life for you and be mindful of your presence day by day. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Creator God, we remember all countries where there is war or conflict and pray that you will look mercifully upon the sufferings of the people involved. We pray for our Queen and Government, and the leaders in the rest of the world, especially in America at this time. Sharpen their consciences and give them the courage to make wise decisions, working together to meet the needs of all who suffer so that all will have shelter and enough food. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Father God, we pray today for our friends, our families and our Christian community, that united by our common baptism we may always welcome the newcomer, the stranger and all who are vulnerable. We also remember today all involved in education in these difficult times with the virus. For those now having to study at home we pray that they will be kept safe and will still be able to enjoy this important time in their lives and achieve their full potential. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Loving God we pray for those who face difficulties in their personal lives. We raise before you all who are sick, the bereaved, those with problems in their families, in their relationships, in their neighbourhoods or in their workplace. Give them a patient faith in their troubles and the knowledge that you share their sufferings with them. As we wait for our vaccines help us to remain patient and thankful for those who have developed it. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Mighty God, Lord of unending being, we pray for those whose earthly lives have ended. We remember those whose anniversary of their passing falls at this time and for the souls of all who have passed away recently. We give thanks for lives well lived and for happy memories. May they find rest in the eternal joy of heaven and let all who mourn their passing find comfort and peace. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.
Faithful God, we thank you for making us your children, for feeding us with the spiritual food which satisfies our longings and for the promise that you listen to us when we come to you and will answer our requests.
Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen