As Mark’s gospel begins, Jesus’ baptism is marked by the Spirit’s presence, and he is sent out to begin this ministry. We have that same Spirit’s presence, and we are sent out as well.
Worship this week with Holy Communion:
SATURDAYS, 5 P.M. A modified, shortened traditional worship service, in the chapel on the Front Street side of the building.
SUNDAYS, 8:30 A.M. Traditional worship in the sanctuary, accompanied by the pipe organ and the ELC Senior Choir.
SUNDAY, 9:30 A.M. Sunday School for ages 3 through 8th grade, adult study and fellowship.
SUNDAYS, 10:30 A.M. Contemporary worship with Christian music by our ELC Praise Team.
Devotions for this week: Jesus’ Baptism, Beginning of the Good News – January 5, 2020
SHARE: What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?
READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding
Monday, Psalm 91:9-12, Psalm
Tuesday, Malachi 3:1-7, The Coming Messenger
Wednesday, Isaiah 40:1-11, Comfort, Comfort
Thursday, Isaiah 44:1-8, God’s Blessing
Friday, Joel 2:28-29, God’s Spirit Poured Out
Saturday, Isaiah 42:1-9, The Servant, a Light to the Nations
Go to clergystuff.com/daily-devotions for devotions on the daily readings.
TALK: Consider some of these ideas
“I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:8)
Jesus’ ministry began with the voice of a prophet and meaningful baptism. Then he was driven out into the world, where he gathered his community.
- Has the world ever confused a prophet for an actual leader? How does that impact the group and the message?
- What do you know of the story of your baptism? Who was there? What promises were made? If you have children, what have you told them about their baptism?
PRAY: O God, you poured out your Spirt upon your only Son, showing the people that he belonged to you. Remind us that you have claimed us as your children in the waters of baptism. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
BLESS: You are filled with the Holy Spirit and loved forever. Amen.