Bulletin for the Baptism of Christ 10. 1. 2021

Christ Church Vision: Bringing Jesus into the heart of the Community

In a time of great challenge for the Church let us continue to meditate on our true source of hope – Jesus Christ who died and rose again whatever the years ahead may hold. We have all the resources of heaven available to us: everything that God has given to Christ he has given to us, because we too are his sons and his daughters. This is the truth that we need to live by day by day.
We continue to hold in our prayer all families in need, – particularly, Mitford, Bev’s sister Patricia and also Dave, that the Lord will minister His love and healing. We pray too for all those who mourn the loss of loved ones.
The on-line services will continue in this lockdown as we pray for each other and keep that sense of togetherness. Each day we have Morning Prayer at 9am and Evening Prayer 7.30pm; ecumenical prayers are at 7.30pm on Thursdays and 8.15 am on Fridays now by zoom.
Prayer for our homes:
Abba Father visit, this home with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch. May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you; guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord, now and forever. Amen
In today’s Gospel reading on Jesus’ baptism, a voice from heaven recognises him as God’s beloved child. The Spirit alights on him, gentle as a dove. This affirmation and empowerment is what Jesus needs to go forth on his mission. As our reading from Acts describes it, “he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”
We too need that affirmation, “This is my child, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased,” we cannot do anything without Jesus. It’s up to us to carry God’s unconditional love into the world, to take the strength and power from the Holy Spirit, gained in our own baptisms and to live lives as disciples; God’s people – not perfect – but reborn by water and the Spirit. Amen
Rev Gita Bond

Account Name: Christ Church, West Green with St Peter
Sort code: 089299
Account Number: 65156465

Collect for Baptism of Christ
Eternal Father,
Who at the baptism of Jesus
Revealed Him to be your Son,
Anointing Him with the Holy Spirit;
Grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
That we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
Through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord
Who is alive and reigns with You,
In the unity of the Holy Spirit
One God, now and forever. Amen

First reading Gen 1: 1 – 5
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 29 “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters.”
Second Reading: Acts 19: 1 – 7
Gospel Reading Mark 1: 4 – 11