Category Archives: Baptism

The First Sunday after the Epiphany: Year B

The Baptism of our Lord Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-38 Mark 1:7-11 This year we read the Baptism text from Mark. While Matthew and Luke report what they have been told of Jesus’ birth, Mark’s shorter Gospel simply assumes … Continue reading

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Advent 3: Year B

Prepare the Way Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 John the Baptist’s ministry was vital for developing the climax of God’s revelation. The thread of Hebrew religious history had to be brought together to prepare … Continue reading

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Advent 2: Year B

Repent Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a, 18 Mark 1:1-8 John’s ministry is one of preparation, calling people to repentance, baptism, confession and forgiveness – the elements of our own preparation for encountering the living God. There is … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 20, Year A

God’s gracious compassion and generosity Exodus 16:2-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 Matthew narrates one of Jesus’ controversial parables, in which Jesus says the reign of God is like workers who get paid the same no matter when … Continue reading

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The Second Sunday after the Epiphany: Year A

Responding to God’s call to be a “light to the nations” Isaiah 49:1-7 Psalm 40:1-12 I Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42 Christians see their baptism as a calling into discipleship. Christ calls people into servanthood today as the first disciples were … Continue reading

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The First Sunday after the Epiphany: Year A

The Baptism of Our Lord Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm 29 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17 Following the genealogy and birth narrative in Matthew’s Gospel, John the Baptist appears, proclaiming a message of repentance. Now “Jesus came from Galilee to John at the … Continue reading

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Lent 5: Year C

Anointing Isaiah 53:16-21 Psalm 126 Philippians 3:4b-14 John 12:1-18 We hear the story of Jesus being anointed by a woman in all four gospel accounts. In today’s account from John’s Gospel, Mary (the sister of Martha and Lazarus) anoints Jesus … Continue reading

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