Order of Worship
Opening Song: "Many and Great, O God" (vs. 1) (UMH 148)
Opening Song: "Many and Great, O God" (vs. 2) (UMH 148)
Call to Worship:
One: In the beginning, when God created, there was only darkness covering the deep waters;
All: but from this deep darkness, God made light, and called it good.
One: Like the Israelites of old, God has walked with us, THROUGH the waters;
All: We are the redeemed of the Lord, surrounded by the waters of birth, blessed by the waters of our baptism.
One: In our living, God calls us to be co-creators, bringing light to the dark places,
All: remembering that what God has made is beautiful and beloved, and God calls it VERY good.
One: Let us worship the One who calls us beloved.
Opening Hymn: "This Is the Spirit's Entry Now" (UMH 608)
Passing the Peace
Children's Message: Liz McMillan
Scripture: Mark 1:4-11 (NRSV) - Rev. Pam Ford
Message: "Baptized into Belovedness" - Rev. Greg Milinovich
Closing Hymn: "Wonder of Wonders" (FWS 2247)
- While there is nothing magical about the water of our baptism, water as a symbol is rich with meaning for us. Can you remember your baptism? What does baptism mean to you? If you are not baptized, why not?
- Where do you see connections between the stories of creation in Genesis 1-2, and the story of Jesus' baptism? How is God's grace evident in each?
- Are we beloved by God just as we are? Why or why not? What does this mean for us?
- Bonus question: Pastor Greg mentioned at the end of the service that he felt this message about our beloved-ness is perfectly suited for a week in which we saw such images of brokenness, fear, and hate as rioters overran the U.S. Capital building. How do you think this text, and the truth of our beloved-ness, speaks to this moment in our history?