The Spirit’s Movement

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Week of Sunday, January 7
1st Sunday after the Epiphany, Baptism of Our Lord
Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit/wind moved over the waters. Both Mark’s gospel and the story in Acts make clear that it is the Spirit’s movement that distinguishes Jesus’ baptism from John’s. The Spirit has come upon us as upon Jesus and the Ephesians, calling us God’s beloved children and setting us on Jesus’ mission to re-create the world in the image of God’s vision of justice and peace.

Readings and Psalm
Genesis 1:1-5
God creates light God creates light
Psalm 29
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters. (Ps. 29:3)
Acts 19:1-7
Baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus
Mark 1:1-11
Revelation of Christ as God’s servant