“You are my Son, the Beloved;
with you I am well pleased.”

Mark 1:11

Baptism of Our Lord
January 10, 2021

Today at Immanuel...

It's Baptism of Our Lord! The day we celebrate that Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River. Learn more about this great day by clicking below on Children's bulletins filled with fun activities for the day!
Adult Sunday School
Today at 9:30 on Zoom

Join the conversation! We will be looking at Making Sense of Scripture by David Lose. We all know we should read the Bible, and maybe even have tried, but somehow we don’t find ourselves pulled into its pages the way we have been by other books. Tune into Zoom and dig more deeply into this wonderful book!

Meeting ID: 816 5822 3058
Passcode: 926425
Zoom Fellowship
Sunday, January 10 at 11

Bring a cup of coffee or tea! Bring a cookie or a bagel! Bring yourself!
And join folks from Immanuel and catch up with one another Sunday, January 10 at 11 on Zoom. Can't wait to see you all! The log-in is:

Meeting ID: 882 5269 8762
Passcode: Fellowship
~ Gathering ~

Prelude Lied from 24 Pieaces in a Free Style - Louis Vierne
Josh Ehlebracht, Organ

Confession and Forgiveness

A prophet appeared in the wilderness,
calling the people to repent, be baptized,
and prepare the way of the Lord.
We return to the water to confess our sins,
giving thanks for the grace of Jesus Christ,
the one who has come to save us.

Silence for reflection

God of all glory, you look from heaven
and see us as we are -
not worthy to kneel at your feet,
not ready to welcome your way.
Forgive us, gracious God.
In Christ, stoop down to save us;
loosen the ties that bind us to sin
and set us free to love and serve you;
in Jesus' name. Amen.

Hear the good news of the gospel:
As a voice from heaven said to Jesus,
so God says to each of us:
You are my beloved child,
and with you I am well pleased.
In Jesus Christ you are forgiven.

Thanks be to God.

Greeting and Prayer of the Day

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Hymn of Praise

Prayer of the Day

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray. Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace, and transform us by your Spirit, that we may follow after your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

~ Word ~

Reading Genesis 1:1-5

1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Word of God, Word of life.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm Psalm 29
1Ascribe to the Lord, you gods,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2Ascribe to the Lord the glory due God’s name;
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders;
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice;
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor. 
5The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6the Lord makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7The voice of the Lord
bursts forth in lightning flashes.
8The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 
9The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the forests bare.
And in the temple of the Lord all are crying, “Glory!”
10The Lord sits enthroned above the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forevermore.
11O Lord, give strength to your people;
give them, O Lord, the blessings of peace. 

Reading Acts 19:1-7

1While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. 2He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” 4Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied—7altogether there were about twelve of them.

Word of God, Word of life.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Mark 1:4-11
The Holy Gospel according to Matthew:
Glory to you, O Lord.

4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.


Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.*
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


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Offering Prayer

O God,
receive these gifts as you receive us:
like a mother receives her child, with arms open wide.
Nourish us anew in your tender care,
and empower us in faithful service
to tend to others with this same love,
through Jesus Christ, our saving grace.

Prayers of Intercession and Lord's Prayer

Guided by Christ made known to the nations, let us offer our prayers for the church, the world, and all people in need.

All glorious God,
we pray for the world you have made... silence for reflection
Move again over the troubled waters of our world.
Where carelessness and violence bring chaos
restore order, goodness, and life.
Where we are divided
make us whole and grant your peace.
Give us strength, O Lord,
and bless us with peace.

We pray for the church you have redeemed... silence for reflection
Renew in us the gifts of your Spirit and the call to discipleship.
As we are separated from one another in this time,
gather us in the baptism we share.
Fill us all with your Spirit
so we may serve all in your name.
Give us strength, O Lord,
and bless us with peace.

We pray for the peoples you have created... silence for reflection
Give to the leaders of all nations the wisdom to know what is good.
Where people are poor and hungry
provide justice and daily bread.
We pray for our nation,
that you would continue to guide us, bring us together, and use us,
so that we may be your hands of compassion
and your voice of healing.
Give us strength, O Lord,
and bless us with peace.

We pray for the loved ones you have given us... silence for reflection
Bless our families, friends, and neighbors;
keep them safe from all trouble and danger.
Where there is sorrow, sickness, or suffering
send your Spirit of comfort and healing.
In the midst of this pandemic
grant peace, healing, and hope.
Give us strength, O Lord,
and bless us with peace.

All this we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, whose voice is our strength and salvation, whose breath is the Spirit of peace, who taught us to pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

~ Sending ~


God the creator strengthen you;
Jesus the beloved fill you;
and the Holy Spirit the comforter ☩ keep you in peace.


Go in peace. Be the light of Christ!
Thanks be to God.

Postlude Wie schoen leuchtet der Morgenstern - Johann Pachelbel

Pastor: Rev. Joanne Groman-Stewart
Director of Music Ministry: Josh Ehlebracht
Assisting Minister: Marj Bovenzi
Book Discussion Tuesdays at 7

In her book, Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving shares her own story of naivety transformed to understanding, and poses an introspective, thought-provoking question with each chapter to challenge readers to consider their own situation and how that impacts their perspective of race and racism. Join in the discussion Tuesdays at 7pm on Zoom as we allow ourselves to be challenged and seek to grow in our own understandings of race and ethnicity. Waking Up White is available through the library system and in both paperback and on Kindle and Nook.

Meeting ID: 884 8060 0257
Passcode: 805281
Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Bible Study continues this Wednesday at 9:00 on Zoom as we look at the readings for the upcoming Sundays. It's a morning full of friendship, learning, and fun!

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