Opening Hymn: All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name!
Sentence of the Day
Gradual Hymn: Baptised in Water
Prayers & Intercessions
Anthem: I Will Sing With The Spirit
Closing Hymn: Come Down, O Love Divine!
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; and he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
as you drove Jesus into the wilderness
when John baptised him and the heavens opened,
drive us to wrestle and reflect
so that we may fulfil our baptism,
and live the life of victory.
This we ask through the same Jesus Christ our Redeemer.
1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning — the first day.
1While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
4Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7There were about twelve men in all.
4And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I baptize you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.”
9At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. 10Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
It is Wednesday morning as I continue the preparation that I began at the weekend. I am currently bathed in sunshine sitting and looking out on to Lake Taupo. There are boats on the Lake and parasailing occurring. To my left are four large motor homes parked as I am. To my right three young men are cooking sausages on a small portable barbeque. Probably it is breakfast for them at 10.30am. This is indeed my happy place!
I continued to reflect on the readings for today. Today is all about new beginnings. In Genesis, God created the heavens and the earth... Read more...
I will sing with the spirit, alleluia.
And I will sing with the understanding also, alleluia.
1 Corinthians 14:15
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