Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—January 7, 2016
The First Sunday after the Epiphany – The Baptism of our Lord This Sunday we mark the baptism of Jesus, not as an infant, but as an adult – in the Jordan River, by his cousin, John the Baptist. It is John who points beyond himself to the true Messiah, the one whose sandals he was not even worthy to untie. Where John baptized with water, the true Messiah would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
This is one of the four Sundays in the Church Year set aside as most appropriate for baptisms, or for the renewal of baptismal vows if there are no baptisms. We will renew our own baptismal vows at both services.
We have been baptized with water, and with the Holy Spirit and fire. We have made a covenant to follow Christ and to live as he would have us live. But let’s face it: we are human, and some days are better than others. Renewing our baptismal vows gives us an opportunity to make a fresh start, and to remind us who – and whose – we are. “I will with God’s help...” is our response to the questions asked, and it is indeed with God’s help that we carry on.
Created in the image of God, and filled with God’s likeness. Beloved by God. Empowered by the Holy Spirit. What a great way to continue into this New Year.
Let us pray:
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved 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 Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen
Peace and Blessing,