Epiphany -- Service Prayers -- 1st Sunday
“I am God’s Beloved!”
Renewing Baptismal Promises:
Service Prayers for
First Sunday after Epiphany,
The Baptism of Christ
and brothers, today we recall:
Jesus came to the waters of baptism.
baptism, our Creator claims us
and frees us from the power of hatred and death.
baptism we are joined to Christ
and we are joined together in unity,
is no longer Jew or Greek
there is no longer slave or free
there is no longer male or female
for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”
baptism, the Spirit of God anoints us for ministry
and makes us signs of divine love.
It is the mark of acceptance into
and the beginning of our growth
into full Christian faith and
on this day,
the whole church, the Body of Christ,
remembers and celebrates.
us worship God!
Unison Prayer of Confession (based on Isaiah 43: 1-2)
Gracious God, we confess that too often we live
as though we are fearful, not
When we encounter the waters of
chaos and confusion,
we don’t easily pass through them,
but we obsess about the height of
instead of the sight of the other
You promised to walk through the
rivers with us.
Help us believe.
And help our unbelief.
Assurance of Grace
One: Thus says
the God who created you and formed us in God’s image:
not fear, for I have redeemed you;
have called you by name, you are mine.”
is the good news!
belong to God.
Passing the Peace
Invitation to Share Our Tithes and Offerings
we give our tithes and offerings,
are witnesses to the transforming love of God in Christ.
invite you to give as generously as you have received.
Blessing of the Gifts
these gifts, we humbly pray O God.
them give you honor and glory as we serve the needs
of your people.
let the called and redeemed of God say, Amen
43: 1-10a Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22
a transition from the sermon, invite people to recall their baptism or invite
those not yet baptized to consider whether they may feel called to baptism in
the near future. Ask them to reaffirm
their decision or the decision made by others for them to live a baptized life,
recalling the first promises made in their life of faith.)
Remembrance of Our Baptisms
Our Baptismal Promises
Pastor: Do you promise, by the grace of God,
to be a disciple, to follow in the
way of Jesus Christ,
to resist oppression,
to show love and justice,
and to witness to the work and word
of Jesus Christ,
as best you are able?
(Let people answer
silently to themselves; pause)
Pastor: And do you promise, according to the
grace given to you,
to grow in your faith and to be a
faithful member of the church,
celebrating Christ’s presence and
furthering God’s mission
in all the world?
If you choose, you may come forward to recall the promises of your baptism—
made either by you or on your behalf
by your parents/guardians.
If you have never been baptized,
consider whether this is the day
you would like to start the journey
toward your formal commitment.
Please come forward and as you touch
your forehead with the water, say,
am God’s beloved!”
All: By your Spirit, Almighty God, Grant us
Love for others,
Joy in serving you,
Peace in disagreement,
Kindness toward all people,
Goodness in evil times,
Gentleness in the face of opposition,
Self-control in all things.
Then strengthen us for ministry in your name. Amen.
Remember this week whose you
are. And remember,
“When you pass through the waters, I
will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall
not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall
not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume
Go in the peace of Christ.
be to God!
Suggestions for Music:
Arise Your Light Has
Come TNCH 164
What Ruler Wades
through Murky Streams TNCH
When Peace Like a River TNCH 438
River SING! 119
Part the Waters SING! 109
Song SING! 94
desciendo a las agues SING!
(As I Descend in the Waters)
“I am God’s Beloved!”
Service Prayers for the First Sunday after Epiphany, was written by the Rev.
Dr. David Bahr, pastor of Park Hill
Congregational United Church of Christ in Denver,
Colorado. The questions, affirmations and recommitment
of the Remembrance of Baptism have been adapted from material in Book of Worship, © 1986 Office of
Church Life and Leadership.
2010 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry
Team, United Church
of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
material for use in services of worship or church education. All publishing rights reserved.
Reproduced with adaptation from Praising
God: The Trinity in Christian Worship edited by Ruth Carolyn Duck and G.
Ronald Kastner. ©1999 Westminster John Knox Press. Used by
permission of Westminster John Knox Press. www.wjkbooks.com