Sunday, January 11th, 2015
The Baptism of Christ
Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, and it’s a good time to remember our own baptisms, and the baptisms of our family members. And as we reflect, we are reminded of the following verse and what it means for us!
“Thou art my beloved son; with thee I am well pleased.”
We are reminded that it is through the birth of Christ, that God the Father offers us all His promise that, just as He loves His son, so does He feel the same way about each of us!
A Prayer For Today
January 11th, 2015
Fill your Church with the power of your Holy Spirit, O God, that we may bring the light of your blessing to the whole world.
Let your gentle spirit be upon this nation and upon all in authority, that we may share in your work to bring forth justice upon the earth.
Let your prophets speak powerful words of repentance and transformation to the ends of the earth, that the breath of your creative love and the sound of your blessing may go forth throughout the world.
Let your grace descend and dwell among the people of this community, that we may be united in love, abounding in compassion, and proactive in peace.
May your heavens open and your Spirit descend upon us, bringing your comfort and healing to all for whom we pray.
Hear our grateful thanks and praise for your manifestation of presence and grace in our lives and in the lives of others.
Welcome with your divine pleasure all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal domains.
adapted from a prayer found on the following site: http://www.stpaulsfay.org/id105.html
Author of Today’s New Testament Reading
St Luke the Apostle
The patron of Artists and Physicians
Memorial Day / Feast Day: October 18th
Saint Luke lived during the 1st century AD. He is credited with being the author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He was a companion of the Apostle Paul, and the most literary of the New Testament writers. Luke was born in Antioch, Turkey of a wealthy family. He was well-educated and became a Physician. Luke converted to Christianity and become a disciple of the apostles.
Information about his life is scanty. His writing style indicates a cultivated literary background. Tradition based on Gospel references has regarded him as a physician and a Gentile. Saint Paul’s companion and friend, Saint Luke and probably accompanied him on several missionary journeys. Luke followed Paul until the death of his friend.
There are two categories of saints: martyrs and confessors. A Christian martyr is regarded as one who is put to death for his Christian faith or convictions. Confessors are people who died natural deaths. Date of Death: Saint Luke died in A.D. 70. Cause of Death: Natural Causes.
Our Old Testament Reading
Isaiah 42: 1-4, 6-7 NASB
Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have sent my spirit upon him, he will bring fair judgement to the nations.
He does not cry out or raise his voice, his voice is not heard in the street; he does not break the crushed reed or snuff the faltering wick. Faithfully he presents fair judgement; he will not grow faint, he will not be crushed until he has established fair judgement on earth, and the coasts and islands are waiting for his instruction.
I, Yahweh, have called you in saving justice, I have grasped you by the hand and shaped you; I have made you a covenant of the people and light to the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison, and those who live in darkness from the dungeon.
Our New Testament Reading
Acts 10: 34-38 NASB
It happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” And they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. There were in all about twelve men.
Hymn For Today
I Love To Tell The Story
“I Love to Tell the Story” is one of two hymn texts derived from a long poem on the life of Christ written by A. (Annabelle) Catherine Hankey in 1866. Hankey wrote the poem during a long period of convalescence following a serious illness. The first part of the poem, ‘The Story Wanted,” is the source of the children’s gospel song “Tell Me the Old, Old Story,” while the second part, “The Story Told,” contains this text. Beginning in 1866 different versions of the full poem were printed in various publications. This hymn text, with the tune HANKEY and a refrain written by William G. Fischer, were published in Joyful Songs (1869).
I love to tell the storyOf unseen things above,Of Jesus and his glory,Of Jesus and his love.I love to tell the story,Because I know ’tis true;It satisfies my longingsAs nothing else can do.[Chorus]I love to tell the story,’twill be my theme in glory,To tell the old, old storyOf Jesus and his love.I love to tell the story,For those who know it bestSeem hungering and thirstingTo hear it like the rest.And when, in scenes of glory,I sing the new, new song,’twill be the old, old storyThat I have loved so long.[Chorus]I love to tell the story,’twill be my theme in glory,To tell the old, old storyOf Jesus and his love.
Thanks Be To God!
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