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Texts from the New International Version (NIV) Bible
Today’s Readings: Jesus is baptised
John the Baptist recognises that his role and Jesus’ role seem reversed: the inferior immerses the superior. John sees no need for Jesus to submit to a rite symbolising a person’s repentance from sin. But Jesus recognises his baptism will fulfill all righteousness” (v. 15). He models God’s will for his people and puts his stamp of approval on John’s ministry. Peter, in Acts, emphasises how Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit… which happened at his baptism.
Collects and Readings
12th January 2020 - Baptism of Christ
Collects and Readings
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.
at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:
may we recognize him as our Lord
and know ourselves to be your beloved children;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
First Reading - Acts 10: 34-43
Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. "We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen – by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."
Gospel – Matthew 3:13-17
- Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.
- But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
- Jesus replied, "Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfil all righteousness.” Then John consented.
- As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.
- And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
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.
Readings for Sunday next week – 19th January 2020
2nd Sunday of Epiphany
- 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
- John 1:29-42