The Beloved 1/13/19

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

sermons4kids: “When we are baptized, it shows the world that just as Jesus rose from the dead through the glory of God the Father, we also live a new life in him. . . . New beginnings — God gives us opportunities for new beginnings. Let us make the most of them as we live a new life in Christ through the power of his Holy Spirit.”

Scripture: January 13, 2019—Isaiah 43:1-7Acts 8:14-17Luke 3:15-17, 21-22; and Psalm 29.

Collect: Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Reflection: How may I live in the power of the Holy Spirit this day? What in my life is like chaff that the Holy Spirit burns away in order for me to live as a free and faithful child of God?

Sunday School—9 am on Sunday

Eye Candy: “The Baptism of Jesus Christ” by Pheoris West; and through the ages—1427 (Ghiberti); 1472-75 (Da Vinci & del Verrochio); 1608 (El Greco); 1991 (Janknegt).

Ear Worm: “This is my beloved Son“, sung by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir; “This is my beloved Son” by Pepper Choplin; “Behold the Lamb of God” by Handel

Brain Food: “Centering Commitment“, from First Church; “Mary after the baptism” by Madeleine L’Engle (scroll down);

In the Silence, Name Me

Holy One,
by the names
I give you,
in the silence
name me,
that I may know
who I am,
hear the truth
you have put into me,
trust the love
you have for me,
which you call me to live out
with my sisters and brothers
in your human family.
~Ted Loder

Movies/Videos: “The Shipping News” (2001), “ripening of a weak-willed man”; “O brother, where art thou?” (2000), “zany and hilarious version of Homer’s Odyssey”; “Pushing Tin“, (1999), “impressive spiritual finality”.

image By Petar Milošević – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Study guide; group activities; snack



: young elementary: activity; bulletin games; craft;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games; craft.




We looked at what Epiphany means and what symbolizes it. Now we’re back to our regular curriculum. Hope to see you at 9 on Sunday.

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