Jan 2, 2017

Call to Worship: Baptism of Christ

Here’s a call to worship for the first Sunday after Epiphany (traditionally known as the Baptism of Christ). It was written by Caela Wood, Pastor at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Manhattan, Kansas.

Call to Worship
for the first Sunday of Epiphany
(inspired by Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:4-11, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22)


The heavens open. The Spirit descends.
Jesus emerges from the water.
And a voice echoes through the blue expanse.
"This is my child, the Beloved, with whom I am well-pleased."
Jesus is named. Claimed.
We come to the water. We remember we are named. Claimed.
Can it be so? What a thing to be named. Claimed.
Let us worship the one who names and claims us still.

~ written by Caela Wood, Pastor at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Manhattan, Kansas.