Tuesday, January 3, 2012

For January 8, 2012 --Baptism of Jesus Sunday

OPENING PRAYER
Spirit God, in the beginning you moved over the waters primeval,
bringing forth life.
You call us to come to the water,
to be refreshed, to be renewed, to bring forth new life.
As a baptizing community,
we encourage each other to grow and to learn together what it means to be washed with water and the Spirit.
In this time of singing and praying and listening,
open our ears, our eyes, and our hearts to hear, see, and feel what it means to be a baptized and baptizing community. And then send us out to live what we have discovered.
This we pray in the name of Jesus, who taught his friends to pray by saying...

COMMISSIONING:
Our time of worship closes,
our time of service in the world continues.
In our time together we have re-committed ourselves to live out our Baptismal faith,
which means we go as people who have been washed by water and the Spirit.
We go out as Spirit-filled people,
ready to fulfil the vocation God has given, to share the love and justice of God with all we meet.
And as we go out to live and serve, we can trust that God lives and serves with us.
Thanks be to God! Amen.

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