Baptism of Christ Year 1
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Advent 2A or Baptism of the Lord A
Readings: Jesus’ Baptism: Matthew Sermon text – Matthew 3:1-17 Companion text – Psalm 2:7-8
Prayer of the Day (WorkingPreacher): Righteous God, you sent your son Jesus to be baptized by John in the Jordan, so that all might hear the proclamation of your love. Make us voices of proclamation, so that all might know of your love through our words and our actions. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
Suggested hymns based on the Sermon text:
ELW #266. All Earth Is Hopeful (Toda la tierra)
ELW #302. As with Gladness Men of Old
ELW #456. Baptized in Water
ELW #304. Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized
ELW #455. Crashing Waters at Creation
ELW #404. Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove
ELW #693. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
ELW #256. Comfort, Comfort Now My People
ELW #684. Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW #731. Earth and All Stars!
ELW #673. God, Whose Almighty Word
ELW #450. I Bind unto Myself Today
ELW #403. Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song
ELW #322. Oh, Love How Deep
ELW #249. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #689. Praise and Thanksgiving
ELW #310. Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
ELW #800. Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart
ELW #305. When Jesus Came to Jordan
ELW #817. You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Tú Has Venido a La Orilla)
Various Hymnals Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (1707) by Isaac Watts
Various Hymnals Prepare the Way of the Lord (1984) by Communaute de Taizé
Various Hymnals Wild and Lone the Prophet’s Voice (1989) by Carl P. Daw
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)
Suggested hymns based on the companion text(s):
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #295. Of the Father’s Love Begotten
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
Various Hymnals I Cannot Tell (1920) by W. Y. Fullerton
Various Hymnals Where Jordan Cuts the Wilderness (1998) by Brian Ruttan
Various Hymnals Why This Dark Conspiracy (2012) by Norman J. Goreham
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship)
Other (mostly contemporary) options based on both:
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Sisters and brothers, our baptismal vows call us to compassion and mercy on behalf of those in need. We offer our prayers for the church and the world.
A brief silence.
We pray that your spirit rest upon the church and its leaders; that we may better proclaim to your great love and mercy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray that your spirit rest upon the waters; that this fundamental element of life be protect and preserved for all people. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray that your spirit rest upon the president, senators, representatives, governors, mayors and all civil leaders; that they may serve with compassion and humility. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray that your spirit rest upon all the baptized; that we may live in ways that please you. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray that your spirit rest upon those dealing with illness and loss; that they may know the peace of your presence with them always. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray that your spirit rest upon this assembly; that we may prepare the way for the coming of your Kingdom. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
We pray that your spirit rest upon the faithful dead; that their memory may strengthen our faith and move us to acts of love and charity. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Lord God, you revealed your Son in the waters of the Jordan and anointed him with the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim good news to all people. Sanctify us by the same Spirit, that we may proclaim the healing power of the gospel by acts of love in your name. Amen.