Baptism of our Lord Year B January 10, 2021







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Welcome and Opening Words

Let us kneel in the darkness,
Until we see God’s light emerge.
Let us wait with hope filled hearts,
As Christ’s image grows within us and shows us life.
Let him speak to us and teach us love,
Until we open our hearts to be his home.  Written by Christine Sine, posted on God Space





Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace and transform us by your Spirit   Give us faith to follow The One who goes to the heart of darkness bearing only the Spirit of gentle, insistent peace; through Jesus Christ, the promised one. Amen.



First Reading:  read by Phil Milo

A reading from Genesis…

In this poetic opening to the Judeo-Christian scriptures, light and water remind us of the eternity in which God resides, creating order out of the chaos of unordered matter as the Breath of God, hovers over all.

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. Genesis 1:1-5


Hymn: Morning Has Broken





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Psalm 29  led by John and Barb MacEachern


1 Ascribe to the Lord, you gods,

* ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due the divine name;

* worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders;

* the Lord is upon the mighty waters.

4 The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice;

* the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendour.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;

* the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon,

6 and makes Lebanon skip like a calf,

* and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord

 * splits the flames of fire;

8 the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;

* the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe

* and strips the forests bare.

10 And in the temple of the Lord

* all are crying, “Glory!”

11 The Lord sits enthroned above the flood;

* the Lord sits enthroned as sovereign for evermore.

12 The Lord shall give strength to this people;

* the Lord shall give this people the blessing of peace.


Second Reading  read by Liz Milo

As powerful as the ritual act of John’s baptism was, these believers moved from relying on their own motivation and will to being transformed inwardly by receiving  the gift of God’s power working in them through the Holy Spirit. This transformation results in an outpouring of praise and inner knowledge.

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples.  He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”  Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.”  Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.”  On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied—  altogether there were about twelve of them.  Acts 19:1-7


Hymn Come Down O Love Divine




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The Gospel  read by Rev Canon Lynn Uzans

The Lord be with you

And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ according to Mark

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ


John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.  He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.  I have baptized you with[b] water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

The Gospel of Christ

Praise to you, Lord, Jesus Christ


Sermon by Rev Canon Lynn Uzans


Affirmation of Faith  from Dawn Hutchings, Lutheran Pastor, Newmarket, Ontario

We trust in God, the Creator Spirit
who moved upon the face of the deep
at the beginning of creation,
who created all that is,
and who spoke through the prophets of old.

We trust in Jesus Christ
into whom God’s spirit was poured
in fullness and in power,
that the whole creation might be restored and unified;
and who promised that the Spirit would come and
fill the faithful with power to witness to the mighty love of God.

We await on that Spirit today with longing hearts,
seeking to be empowered to the witness to God’s love,
with fresh words and courageous actions of love and hope.

Glory be to God – Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit – now and always. Amen.



Hymn: Wind Upon the Waters






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Prayers of the People led by Grant McBurney





Go in peace; love and care for one another in the name of Christ;

and may the Spirit of God which filled John and Jesus,

fill your hearts, souls and minds;

may the power of God which upheld them,

strengthen you for each day;

and may the love of God which directed their every action

be your guiding light and your shining star,

both now and forevermore.  Amen


— written by Rev. Richard J. Fairchild,