+ Welcome to Worship at Mount Zion-Finksburg + The Baptism of the Lord!
+ Sunday, January 14, 2018 +

There are worship activity bags in the vestibule for children to use during worship!

Pre-Worship Thoughts

"Christians are a covenant people. The term "New Testament" means 'New Covenant' - the covenant that God made and sealed with us in the saving work of Jesus the Christ, and declared to us in Holy Christian Baptism. This baptismal covenant is both God's word of grace to us and our responding commitment of faith. It is the foundation of the Christian life."

Prelude (We ask for silence during the prelude as we prepare for the worship of God)

*Opening Words and Congregation Singing
Verse One (Hymnal #246)
"Joy to the World"

*Opening Prayer
*Opening Congregational Hymn
(Hymnal #250) "Once In Royal David's City"

Informal Moments
Reception of our Tithes & Offerings
Offering Response (Hymnal #94) "Doxology with Alleluias" (Offering Prayer)

*Scripture Lessons (Selections) Matthew 3.13-17, Mark 1.4, Luke 3.7, 10-15-16

Choir Anthem "Wonder of Wonders" ("Faith We Sing," songbook #2247)

*Hymn For the Baptism of the Lord(Hymnal #252) "When Jesus Came to Jordan"

Introduction

Pastor: Sisters and brothers in Christ, through the sacrament of Christian baptism God's Spirit has been poured out upon water, water poured over and immersing us, water that flows freely for all who will receive it, water from the streams of God's saving power and justice, water that brings hope to all who thirst for righteousness, water that refreshes life, nurtures growth, and offers new birth.

Congregation: Today we come to the waters, to renew our commitments in each other's presence to Christ who has raised us, the Spirit who has birthed us, and the Creator who is making all things new.

Renunciation of Sin and Profession of Faith

And so I ask you, will you turn away from the powers of sin and death?
We renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, Reject the evil powers of this world,And repent of our sin!

Will you let the Spirit use you as prophets to the powers that be?
We accept the freedom and power God gives us To resist evil, injustice, and oppression In whatever forms they present themselves!

Will you proclaim the good news and live as disciples of Jesus the Christ, his body on earth?
We confess Jesus the Christ as our Savior, put our whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as our Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races!

Will you be living witnesses to the gospel, individually and together, wherever you are, and in all that you do?
We will remain faithful members of Christ's holy church and serve as Christ's representatives in the world.

Will you receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments?
We affirm and teach the faith of the whole church as we put our trust in God, the Almighy, Our Creator and Maker in Jesus the Anointed One, and in the Holy Spirit which is Emmanuel, always with us one God now and forever.

Thanksgiving Over the Water

The Spirit of the Lord is with us. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Let us pray.

Almighty God, the life you birthed in us by baptism into Jesus the Christ will never die. Your justice never fails.Your mercy is everlasting. Your healing river flows, Your Spirit blows where you will. We cannot stop you, God! But sometimes we try.We try to block the flow, we redirect the winds of the Spirit,or we walk so far away from the life-giving Stream that we do not hear its sound,and we forget its power. We parch ourselves. We are dry and thirsty, O God. Come, refresh us!

We call upon the Holy Spirit to come upon us!
L Come upon us, Holy Spirit! + C Come upon us, Holy Spirit!
L Come upon these waters! + C Come upon these waters.
L Let these waters be to us drops of your mercy. Let these waters remind us of your righteousness and justice. Let these waters renew in us the resurrection power of Jesus. Let these waters make us long for your coming reign.
Most Holy God, Abba, Father! Glory to you!
Jesus the Christ, Savior, Lord! Glory to you!
Spirit of fire, Spirit over the waters, Spirit of holiness! Glory to you!
Eternal God, One in Three and Three in One! All glory is yours, now and forever. Amen!

Invitation to The Water - Congregation Singing
("The Faith We Sing", songbook #2248)
"Baptized in Water"

All who have renewed their vows are invited to come to the font to use the water as a sign of refreshing.
As each uses the water, another says to her or him:

Remember your Baptism and be thankful! Remember that you are the baptized, and rejoice!

Song After All Have Come to the Font
("Hymnal #608)
"This is the Spirit's Entry Now"

Morning Prayer + Sharing our Concerns
L The Lord be with you + C And also with you
L Let us pray together as we sing together

Prayer Song (Hymnal #230)
"O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray,
cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today. O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth, and praises sing to God the King, and peace to all on earth."

Pastoral Prayer + Our Lord's Prayer (We sing "For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever. Amen").

Closing Hymn
(Hymnal #242)
"Love Came Down at Christmas"

Taking the Light of the Messiah into the World - (Congregation singing
(Hymnal #206 Verse Two)
"I want to see the brightness of God, I want to look at Jesus. Clear son of righteousness, shine on my path and show me the way to the Father. In him there is no darkness at all, the night and the day are both alike. The Lamb is the light of the city of God, Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus."