January 8

Jesus’ Baptism

Year 1  ( 2022 – 2023 )


Matthew 3:1-17


John preaches in the wilderness. John would have prevented him, but Jesus is baptized.

Prayer of Confession

Gracious Jesus,
You come to be with us;
you come to stand beside us,
you wade into the waters of this world:
murky, mucky, muddy as they are.
We would stop you if we could –
stop you from meddling in our lives,
stop you from getting too close,
stop you to save your own reputation,
lest your holiness be muddied in our mess and mire.
Forgive us for all the ways we try to hold you back
and at a distance.
Thank you for diving into our waters anyway,
for taking on our stains,
and drenching us with your grace.
Teach us how to rise up and walk with you.

Congregational Song Suggestions

As I Went Down to the River to Pray

VT 453

Crashing Waters at Creation


“Down Galilee’s Slow Roadways”

GTG 164

“From the Waters I Will Rise”

VT 442

Gather at the River

Lindy Thompson, text

Mark Miller, tune

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

“God Calls You Good”

VT 172

In Living Waters

Chris Shelton

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

“Sing of God Made Manifest”

GTG 156

The Strong and Gentle Voice

Adam M. L. Tice

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

The Time Has Come

Chris Shelton

Available from Unbound at giamusic.com

“With Water Freely Flowing”

VT 452

“Rising from the Water”

David Gambrell

Available from Assembled for Song – Volume 2 at giamusic.com

Beyond the Hymnal

 “Breaths (Listen more often to things than to beings)”

by Ysaye Barnwell

 “The River of Dreams”

by Billy Joel