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Baptism, Courage, and the World’s Rebirth

Listen to sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am 
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: January 20, 2019
Newsletter: January 2019

ScripturesRomans 6:3-11Psalm 107Luke 3:1-21


Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Children are constantly trying new things and learning new things. Parents get a front row seat watching their child work and play and relate with people. Now and then the child says or accomplishes a thing that reveals something new and remarkable about their identity and ability. Perhaps the child forgets this moment all together or treats the memory as inconsequential. Likely a parent remembers it and treasures it.

In last Sunday’s scripture lesson, this was Mary, seeing something profound and remarkable in Jesus.

This week, it is God who watches Jesus with love and pride.

This week Luke completes the story of Jesus accepting responsibility for his calling. But this is no longer a charming childhood story where everything quickly turns out well. John the baptist was been arrested for teaching and baptizing – would Jesus follow John and be baptized?

“The season of Epiphany is an invitation to reflect on the many little ‘epiphanies’, glimpses of how things really are… to reflect on the moment when ‘the heavens opened’ at Jesus’ Baptism and we were given a glimpse of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit at the heart of all things.” – Malcolm Guite

“The voice that made the universe reveals
The God in Man who makes it new again.
He calls us too, to step into that river
To die and rise and live and love forever.”
From Guite’s poem, “The Baptism of Jesus”.

From Guite’s poem, “The Baptism of Jesus”.
To read the complete poem, visit Guite’s website.

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