Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Blogging toward Sunday

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This Sunday is Baptism of the Lord Sunday. During the worship service there will be an opportunity for every baptized believer to approach the Baptismal Font, touch the water, make the sign of the cross on his or her own forehead, and reflect upon the meaning of baptism.

In preparation for our time together, read Isaiah 43:1-7 and consider the following:
  1. To whom is this text addressed?
  2. What is the promise made?
  3. What parts of creation are named here? 
  4. In what way does water play a role?
Now read the account of Jesus' baptism found in Luke 3:15-17, 21-22. Ponder this story and then reflect upon the following:
  1. How does Luke's account differ from the other gospels?
  2. How does John the Baptist respond to the people's admiration of him?
  3. Who is being baptized?
  4. Why do you think Jesus is baptized?
On your journey toward Sunday, I offer you a blessing from Feasting on the Word Worship Companion:

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who stood on the river bank uphold you.
May the love of God, who calls us beloved children, bless you.
May the power of the Holy Spirit, who descended upon Jesus as a dove, give you peace. Amen.

As always, I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.

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