And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Are you longing to hear God’s voice?
God is still speaking. Are you listening?
One of the reasons we gather together for worship is to help each other listen and hear the voice of God. We can use this time after Epiphany to clear out a corner of our lives for quiet prayer, meditation, or centering. Maybe then we will be able to hear . . . to sense . . . to listen.
Another reason we gather together for worship is to praise God for new life given through Christ. As we focus on the baptism of our Lord, we can remember and give thanks for the gift of our own baptism.
Sunday Worship Music
Traditional Hymn of the Day — You Are Mine
During our Traditional services we will sing “You Are Mine.” (ELW 581) Today we commemorate Jesus’ baptism and hear God claim Jesus as God’s son. Being claimed in baptism and named as Christian brothers and sisters, our hymn of the day has us imagine the words of God saying, “I have called you each by name. Come and follow me, I love you and you are mine.”
New Day Worship Song — Holy Holy Holy
During our New Day Praise service we will sing “Holy Holy Holy.” The Gospel of Luke describes the baptism of our Lord and includes all three persons of the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The lyrics of our worship song lift up the presence of the Trinity in our lives. This traditional hymn takes on a new, contemporary sound with arrangement by Sufjan Stevens.
For Your Reflection
This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord.
Part of remembering your baptism is remembering your baptismal promises made between you and God. One of the baptismal promises we make is “to live among God’s faithful people.”
In light of this promise comes these questions:
From whom did you learn the faith? How did those important people prepare, guide and lead you into deeper discipleship?
Who are the two or three most faithful people you know? Describe how they serve as mentors, coaches or examples to the people around them.
How does their presence in the faith community impact the lives of others?
In what ways might you be a role model and mentor to people in your community? To your family? How could you be a better role model?