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Sunday Morning Worship 01 16 2022
Pam Smith
Pam Smith
Sunday, January 16, 2022

Sunday, January 16, 2022
Baptism of Our Lord
Grace Lutheran Church
Lakeland, Florida





In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Joined to Christ in the waters of baptism, we are clothed with God’s mercy and forgiveness. Let us give thanks for the gift of baptism.

We give you thanks, God, for in the beginning your Spirit moved over the waters and by your Word you created the world, calling forth life in which you took delight.

Through the waters of the flood you delivered Noah and his family.  Through the sea you led your people Israel from slavery into freedom. At the river your Son was baptized by John and anointed with the Holy Spirit.  By water and your Word you claim us as daughters and sons, making us heirs of your promise and servants of all.

We praise you for the gift of water that sustains life, and above all we praise you for the gift of new life in Jesus Christ.  Shower us with your Spirit, and renew our lives with your forgiveness, grace, and love.

To you be given honor and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

HYMN     Remember and Rejoice            
  ELW 454   

Remember and rejoice,
renewed by floods of grace.
We bear the sign of Jesus Christ,
that time cannot erase.

In life, in death, we trust
in God's most holy name,
forever traced by water sign,
and sealed by Spirit flame.

We pledge ourselves anew
to flee the lures of hell,
to cling to Christ's community,
in justice, peace to dwell.

God, bless us by your grace;
remind us of your care.
Renewing Spirit, fill us now,
inspire our work, our prayer.

Remember and rejoice,
renewed by floods of grace.
We bear the sign of Jesus Christ,
that time cannot erase.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the holy spirit be with you all.            
And also with you.      

Let us pray. Lord God, source of every blessing, you showed forth your glory and led many to faith by the works of your Son, who brought gladness and salvation to his people. Transform us by the Spirit of his love, that we may find our life together in him, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. 

+ WORD +

READING:  Isaiah 43:1-7
1But now thus says the LORD,
 he who created you, O Jacob,
 he who formed you, O Israel:
 Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
 I have called you by name, you are mine.
 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
 and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
 when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
 and the flame shall not consume you.
 3For I am the LORD your God,
 the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
 I give Egypt as your ransom,
 Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
 4Because you are precious in my sight,
 and honored, and I love you,
 I give people in return for you,
 nations in exchange for your life.
 5Do not fear, for I am with you;
 I will bring your offspring from the east,
 and from the west I will gather you;
 6I will say to the north, "Give them up,"
 and to the south, "Do not withhold;
 bring my sons from far away
 and my daughters from the end of the earth —
 7everyone who is called by my name,
 whom I created for my glory,
 whom I formed and made."

 The Word of the Lord.
 Thanks be to God.

PSALM  29        (read responsively by full verse)
1Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
 ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
 2Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name;
 worship the LORD in holy splendor.
 3The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
 the God of glory thunders,
 the LORD, over mighty waters.
 4The voice of the LORD is powerful;
 the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
 5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
 the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
 6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
 and Sirion like a young wild ox.
 7The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
 8The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
 the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
 9The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl,
 and strips the forest bare;
 and in his temple all say, "Glory!"
 10The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
 the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
 11May the LORD give strength to his people!
 May the LORD bless his people with peace!

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,

GOSPEL:  Luke 3:15-22 

The holy gospel according to St. Luke.
Glory to you, O Lord.

15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
18So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people. 19But Herod the ruler, who had been rebuked by him because of Herodias, his brother's wife, and because of all the evil things that Herod had done, 20added to them all by shutting up John in prison.
21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And 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.


HYMN     We Are Baptized in Christ Jesus                  
                       ELW 451

We are baptized in Christ Jesus,
we are baptized in his death;
that as Christ is raised victorious,
we might live a brand new life.
And if we have been united
in a dreadful death like his,
we will all be reunited, for he lives.

In the water and the witness,
in the breaking of the bread,
in the waiting arms of Jesus
who is risen from the dead,
God has made a new beginning
from the ashes of our past;
in the losing and the winning we hold fast.

Glory be to God the Father,
glory be to Christ the Son,
glory to the Holy Spirit,
ever three and ever one;
as it was in the beginning,
glory now resounds again
in a song that has no ending. Amen

We believe in one God,
       the Father, the Almighty,
              maker of heaven and earth,
              of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
              the only Son of God,
              eternally begotten of the Father,
              God from God, Light from Light,
              true God from true God,
              begotten, not made,
              of one Being with the Father;
              through him all things were made.
       For us and for our salvation
   he came down from heaven,
   was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary
   and became truly human.
   For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
   he suffered death and was buried.
   On the third day he rose again
   in accordance with the scriptures;
   he ascended into heaven
   and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
   He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
   and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
       who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
       who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
       who has spoken through the prophets.
       We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
       We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
       We look for the resurrection of the dead,
    and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Spirit of the Lord is poured out upon us in abundance; so we are bold to pray for the church, the world, and all that God has made.

     A brief silence.

By your Spirit, activate within your church gifts of faith, healing, and prophecy. Unite those who profess your name across congregations, denominations, and geographic boundaries. Open our hearts to recognize and celebrate surprising miracles. God of grace,
hear our prayer.

Your creation reflects your generosity. Bless farmers, migrant farmworkers, orchard-keepers, ranchers, and all who tend the abundance of the land. Protect food and water sources from destruction, that all can eat and drink and be satisfied. God of grace,
hear our prayer.

By your Spirit, grant wisdom, knowledge, and discernment to those who hold leadership positions at any level. Direct policymakers toward compassionate decisions that build up safe and just communities. Lead all authorities in seeking and serving the common good. God of grace,
hear our prayer.

As Jesus provided generously in a moment of need, provide generous gifts of healing for those in need this day, particularly Alena, Jenna, Margaret, Anna Mae, Julie, Alan, Carol, Anne, Allen, JoAnn, Meagan, Betty, Jane, Dione, Dottie, Theresa, Tim, Julie, Ruth, Henry, Mary, Greg, Ann Joyce, Barbara,  Shelby, and the family of Dottie Reinsch, (Lynda Mack’s mother).   Provide abundantly for all who are hungry or thirsty, all seeking shelter, and all who seek peace. God of grace,
hear our prayer.

You see us for who we are and you delight in us. Embrace those struggling with self-worth, wrestling with self-identity, or facing significant life transition. Remind us that nothing can separate us from your love. God of grace,
hear our prayer.

You bless us through the spiritual gifts of the saints who have gone before us. We give thanks for the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and all who have modeled the way of courageous faith. God of grace,
hear our prayer.

Since we have such great hope in your promises, O God, we lift these and all of our prayers to you in confidence and faith; through Jesus Christ our Savior.

The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.                       

+ MEAL +   

We are resuming the passing of the offering plate during the service.  Alternatively, some are using for online giving or are using their bank’s online banking option.  Whichever way you choose to give, we are grateful for your stewardship and generosity.

Let us pray.
Blessed are you, O God, Sovereign of the universe.
You offer us new beginnings and guide us on our journey.
Lead us to your table, nourish us with this heavenly food,
and prepare us to carry your love to a hungry world,
in the name of Christ our light.


   The Lord be with you.  
        And also with you.
    Lift up your hearts.  
        We lift them to the Lord.
    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.  
          It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks and praise to you, almighty and merciful God,
through our Savior Jesus Christ.
In the wonder and mystery of the Word made flesh
you have opened the eyes of faith
to a new and radiant vision of your glory,
that, beholding the God made visible,
we may be drawn to love the God whom we cannot see.
And so, with all the choirs of angels,
with the church on earth and the hosts of heaven,
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, 
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,  Hosanna in the highest.

Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father:
Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign.
You have filled all creation with light and life;
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
We praise you for the grace shown to your people in every age:
the promise to Israel, the rescue from Egypt, the gift of the promised land,
the words of the prophets; and, at this end of all the ages, the gift of your Son, who proclaimed the good news in word and deed and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.
For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.
Therefore, O God, with this bread and cup we remember the life our Lord offered for us. And, believing the witness of his resurrection, we await his coming in power to share with us the great and promised feast.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit, that we who share in Christ’s body and blood may live to the praise of your glory and receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.
Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.
Join our prayers with those of your servants of every time and every place,
and unite them with the ceaseless petitions of our great high priest until he comes as victorious Lord of all. Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father,
now and forever.

Our Father in heaven,
  hallowed be your name,
  your kingdom come,
  your will be done,
     on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
   as we forgive those
      who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
   and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
   and the glory are yours,
   now and forever. Amen.

In Holy Communion, the baptized children of God are invited by the Lord to the Lord’s Table where we receive Jesus’ very body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine.  We commune at the head of the aisle receiving the host and then moving to receive wine or grape juice by individual cup.  The ushers will direct you.  Gluten free bread is available.  If you wish to  commune, but cannot come forward, let an usher know and Pastor will come to you.  For those who do not wish to commune, they are welcome to come forward to receive a blessing from Pastor.

HYMN    Come to the Table    
                     ELW 481

Come to the table of mercy,
prepared with the wine and the bread.
All who are hungry and thirsty,
come, and your souls will be fed.
Come at the Lord's invitation;
receive from his nail-scarred hand.
Eat of the bread of salvation;
drink of the blood of the Lamb.


We give you thanks, almighty God, that you have refreshed us through the healing power of this gift of life.  In your mercy, strengthen us through this gift, in faith toward you and in fervent love toward one another; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                                                          



HYMN     All Are Welcome       
                        ELW 641    (vs. 1, 3, 5)      

Let us build a house where love can dwell
and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell
how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

     All are welcome, all are welcome,
     all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where love is found
in water, wine and wheat:
a banquet hall on holy ground
where peace and justice meet.
Here the love of God, through Jesus,
is revealed in time and space;
as we share in Christ the feast that frees us:    Refrain

Let us build a house where all are named,
their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed
as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter,
prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:    Refrain

    Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.
    Thanks be to God!


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Remember and Rejoice   Text: Ruth Duck, b. 1947. Text  © 1992  GIA Publications, Inc. Text reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense A-722274.  All right reserved.  Music: Aaron Williams, 1731-1776. Public domain.

We Are Baptized in Christ Jesus .  Text and music: John C. Ylvisaker, 1937-2017. Text and music © 1985 John C. Ylvisaker Music. Text and music reprinted and/or streamed with permission under OneLicense A-722274.  All right reserved. 

Come to the Table, Text: Claire Cloninger, b. 1942. Music: Martin J. Nystrom, b. 1956.  Text and Music © 1991 Integrity's Hosanna! Music | Curb Word Music,  Text and music reprinted and/or streamed with permission under CCLI License # 2241477.   All rights reserved.

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