Welcome to the First Sunday in Epiphany, also known as the Baptism of Jesus. This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA. The scripture readings for the day are Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17 and Luke 3:15-17, 21-22.
Enjoy the latest episode of Livin’ on Grace with Pastor Joe McGarry.
In this sermon Pastor Joe explores these ideas:
God opens the heavens, God comes to meet us where we are and as we are so that we might know that we, are beloved children of God and that God is well pleased with us. Thats baptism— God coming to us, blessing us so that we can be a blessing to others.
When we need someone or something to help us, to make us feel loved or valued we can turn to Jesus who loves us more than anything else in the world. We can turn to our community of faith who promises to support and encourage us along life s journey.
God-Moments. Those times in our lives when we truly know that God is present among us. Now I learned in Sunday School that God is always with us. I learned in confirmation that Gods grace comes into our lives and that is one of the most powerful things we could ever experience. I learned in seminary that the word of God, the Bible is a wonderful book with stories, of the heroes of the faith and the the Bible is a love letter from God to us.
God knows our name. The same God who created us, who redeemed us, who loves us. The same God who will never forget us, will never leave us alone. Says to us in our baptism. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you pass through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, the flame shall not consume you. I have called you by name, and you are mine.
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