1st Sunday after Epiphany B

The Baptism of the Lord

      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. Acts 10:38
      Eternal Father, who declared Jesus our Lord to be your beloved Son at his baptism: grant that we and all who have become his members through baptism may rejoice to be your children and the servants of all men; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP. 1st Sunday after Epiphany
      Let us pray [that we will be faithful to our baptismal calling]
      Almighty, eternal God, when the Spirit descended upon Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan, you revealed him as your own beloved Son. Keep us, your children born of water and the Spirit, faithful to our calling. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. AAPB
      Eternal God, at the baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan you proclaimed him your Son, and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: grant that all who are baptized into his name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Saviour; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. APBA
      Loving God, your Son came to seek the lost, and was baptized with sinners: grant that we, who have been baptized in his name, may reach out in love to those in need with the mercy of Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, for ever and ever. Amen. APBA
      The creation story.   Genesis 1:1-25   1:1-5
      The Lord sits enthroned as a king for ever.   Psalm 29  
      Apollos and the followers of the Baptist.   Acts 18:24-19:7   19:1-7
      The forerunner / The baptism of Jesus.   Mark 1:1-8 / 1:9-13   1:4-11
Supplementary readings
      The river from the temple.   Ezekiel 47:1-12  
      John and the Pharisees / The Lamb of God.   John 1:19-28 / 1:29-34   1:19-34
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Worship elements
Gathering Songs
Book & #
Hymn or Chorus first line
Tunes and sources
Color Key and Notes
      RCL reading;
      APBA reading;
      Congregational response or refrain, AAPB/RSV;
      Subject heading, AAPB;
      Where there is a second Old Testament reading it is sequential rather than linked to the gospel;
      Hymn book and other abbreviations. See In Words and Song.

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