THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST

THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST      
       
A warm welcome to everybody to today’s services, whether you are from our villages or from further afield.
     
Today in liturgy we deal with the baptism of Christ – hence the readings at our 8am Communion (Bere Regis) and 9.15 Parish Eucharist (Affpuddle). At Bere Regis at 11am we have our monthly family service which follows Junior Church (10am on).
      
                                                           
Collect for today
Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit: grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit, that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
 
                                       
Epistle Reading:   Acts 8, verses 14 to 17
 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria.  When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
 
                         
Holy Gospel:  Luke 3, verses 15 to 17 and 21 to 22   
    The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.  John answered them all, ‘I baptise you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptise 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 barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’ 
       When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was baptised too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’
 
                                                           
Prayers
 
For the Church and the community of Christ                
Lord, we are privileged to be baptised with water but may we also be baptised with the fire of the Holy Spirit – so to do the work of God : in ourselves, in our families, our communities, our churches and places of work and recreation                  ~in our deanery of Purbeck we pray for all who minister including all priests, curates, readers and lay pastoral assistants                  ~ looking forward to the likely combined benefice of Affpuddle, Bere Regis and Wool as a benefice for all West Purbeck may we greet the change with hope, faith and confidence                  ~and we continue to pray for Charles and Felicity in their  preparations for the move to Devon          ~ we pray for young people in their faith, for its strengthening and deepening, for their friendships and lifestyles                   ~ we pray for the Church in the Sudan and South  Sudan: for the Rt Revd Charles Ogena, Bishop of the diocese of Ayaci.  
 
 For the world and its leaders
 We pray that world leaders  turn away from war, genocide, torture, and violence           ~ for an end to suffering  in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and elsewhere                 ~we pray for constructive talks to take place to end civil war in Yemen                   ~for all in need of food, clean water and decent sanitation                 ~we pray for brave decisions to be taken and implemented to reduce carbon emissions and halt global warming,  to preserve habitats and to slow the loss of species through extinction               ~for our continent we pray for all making decisions over the migration of people whether across land, the Mediterranean Sea or English Channel              ~for our country we pray for inspiration and wisdom for those in power should there be a political or constitutional crisis in forthcoming weeks
   
For our parishes and community   
Lord. bless our neighbours in our communities, through your love may we see tolerance, understanding and the ability to identify need and  help where we can             ~as the new local authority arrangements draw closer we pray for all involved and especially those with new jobs and those who may lose their jobs 
~we pray for all that are lonely, those loving alone and all  who feel isolated             ~we pray for all who are homeless or under threat of homelessness 
   
For the sick and their carers                                                                                                                                               
~We pray for all in hospital and for those awaiting treatment, operation or the outcome of tests                ~for all carers and those who give support            ~for those whose faculties are deteriorating and for all with dementia                         ~ and in our parishes for Ted Cox, Margaret Bartlett,  Jo Powell, John Dewey, Linda Thomas, Mary Fegan, Kirstin Duffield,  Mary England  and Ivor Mullins  
 
 For the deceased and those who mourn                                                                                                        
We commend to you the souls of those who have died, those we have known, and most recently Benny Hazlehurst, Peter Taylor and Edna Marsh        ~ we pray for all  in grief at the loss of those close to them  - please give comfort                   ~we  remember any in our own lives who have been close  and thank you for their place in our lives
                                                               
Post Communion  Prayer  
Lord of all time and eternity, you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father
in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son: by the power of your Spirit complete the heavenly work of our rebirth through the waters of the new creation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
 
The Funeral for Edna Marsh is at Bere Regis on Thursday 17th at 1pm and the Funeral for Peter Taylor is at Affpuddle on Tuesday 22nd at 2:30pm
 
Next Sunday 20th January, Plough Sunday:   
8am  Holy Communion, Affpuddle               10am  Parish Eucharist and Blessing the Plough,  Bere Regis
6pm    Evensong,  Bere Regis
 
Everyone is very welcome at Charles’ final services with us as our vicar on 27th January – 10am at Affpuddle and 6pm at Bere Regis