Morning Worship for The Baptism of Christ
(First Sunday of Epiphany)

10th January 2021 10:30

A video of this service [YouTube, 41 min] is available.

We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world. 
The word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
and we beheld his glory.

Confession

Because God was merciful,
he saved us through the water of rebirth
and the renewing power of the Holy Spirit.
But through sin we have fallen away from our baptism.
Let us return to the Lord and renew our faith in his promises
by confessing our sins in penitence.

Father eternal, giver of light and grace,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,
in what we have thought, in what we have said and done,
through ignorance, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We have wounded your love  
and marred your image in us.	
We are sorry and ashamed and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us,
forgive us all that is past and lead us out from darkness
to walk as children of light. Amen.

May the Father of all mercies
cleanse us from our sins,
and restore us in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect

Heavenly Father,
at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:
may we recognize him as our Lord
and know ourselves to be your beloved children;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
Old Testament Reading:
Genesis 1:1-5
New Testament Reading:
Acts 19:1-7
Gospel Reading:
Mark 1: 4-11

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Blessing

May God, who in Christ gives us a spring of water
welling up to eternal life,
perfect in us the image of his glory;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. 
Thanks be to God. Amen.