The Baptism of the Lord
January 17, 2021
The Parish of Blandford Worshiping at Saint Barnabas – Morning Prayer
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Parish of Blandford
Aspotogan Peninsula, Municipality of Chester, Nova Scotia
Striving to be a Christian Community
of Worship, Welcome and Care.
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Contact Information: Telephone: (902)228-2761, Email: email@example.com, Website: parishofblandford.ca
Rector: Reverend Louis Quennelle, Rector, Phone: (902)521-5169, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Wardens: All Saints: Malcolm Boutilier (902)228-2961, St. Cuthbert: Ken Miller, (902)204-1000, Saint Barnabas: Claudia Zinck (902)228-2091
Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Anglican Church of Canada
The Baptism of the Lord – Morning Prayer
Collect: Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit, keep your children, born of water and the Spirit, faithful to their calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
First Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF GENESIS. In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the 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. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. GENESIS 1:1-5
Psalm Refrain: The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.
Ascribe to the Lord, you gods, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. R
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is upon the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice; the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendour. R
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon; He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox. R
The voice of the Lord splits the flames of fire; the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The 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!” R
The Lord sits enthroned above the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king for evermore. The Lord shall give strength to his people; the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace. R PSALM 29
Second Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS. While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He 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.” Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul 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.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied – altogether there were about twelve of them. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. ACTS 19:1-7
Gospel: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO MARK. Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ. John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And 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. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He 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. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And 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. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” The Gospel of Christ. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. MARK 1:4-11
Prayers of the People:
Celebrating the coming of the One who brings the reign of God to all people, let us pray for the world God loves, the Church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, Lord, in your mercy, and responding, Hear our prayer.
God of light and darkness, through water and Word you shine your light into the darkness of our lives. We give thanks for this incredible gift. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
God of love and hate, your love comes in spite of our animosity; you bring reconciliation to those who are divided. We pray for better relations between Canada and its native peoples. We pray for reconciliation throughout the world, and especially for our neighbours in the United States. Strengthen us to be peacemakers. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
God of hope and fear, you walk with us through the challenges which surround us. Wash away our anxiety by your promised presence,
and set us free from despair. Give us hope throughout this time of Pandemic. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
God of church and world, in baptism you unify yourself with our world,
and bring your reign into being. Keep us from seeing your love as a hiding place. Motivate us to infuse the world with your justice. Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
God of health and illness, there is nothing that separates us from your love. In this time of Covid 19 crisis, inspire us to bring your health to the sick, your encouragement to the discouraged, your promise to the dying, especially those we name before you now. [Long pause] Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
God of life and death, all that exists is from you, and for you. Enable us to trust your baptismal promise, and serve this hurting world. Today we remember in prayer Ernie Wills and Mike Stott. May they rest in peace and rise in Glory. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.
God who shines in the darkness, receive these prayers and the prayers of our hearts, in the name of the one who is your light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer over the Gifts: God of life and freedom, we celebrate the revelation of Jesus as the Christ who makes all creation new. Accept all we offer you this day and make us new in him, who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Life Continues in the Parish of Blandford
2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: January -18 Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit (John 15:5-9)
The 2021 theme calls us to pray and to work for reconciliation and unity in the church, with our human family, and with all of creation. Drawing on the Gospel image of vine and branches, it invites us to nourish unity with God and with one another through contemplative silence, prayer, and common action. Grafted into Christ the vine as many diverse branches, may we bear rich fruit and create new ways of living, with respect for and communion with all of creation. You are invited in whatever way you pray throughout the week to include prayer for unity of faith and purpose and especially in the Love of Christ. May our unity bear fruit and bring God’s Reign to our World.
Parish Council Meeting: Advance Notice: January 26, 7:30 at All Saints. Copies of the Minutes of our November Meeting are available at service today & next week.
Evening Prayer – St. Cuthbert: Weather permitting all are invited to St. Cuthbert for a short (cool) evening prayer at 6:45, January 26.
Annual General Meeting: February 21, after Sunday Service – location to be announced. There will be at least one position to be filled as a Member at Large for All Saints. Please consider if God is calling to serce your parish in this ministry.
Bible Study & Reflection: There will be no Bible Study this week.
Pastoral Presence during Uncertain Times: Rev. Louis is available by telephone or email anytime. He will be in the parish on Thursday and Friday this week, January 21 & 22.
Food Bank Donations: A small donation box is be available at the service for Monetary Donations ONLY to the Chester Food Bank. No food donations will be accepted at this time. If you wish to make food donations, please do so as you have done since the beginning of Covid 19 restrictions.
How you can continue to contribute to the parish at this time: Checkout our website (parishofblandford.ca) or contact Rev. Louis for different options available.
Diocesan Prayer Partner: King’s College Chapel
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Milton and Rustico, Prince Edward Island: The Reverend Ralph Moore and Bonnie, St. John the Evangelist, Milton; Crapaud, Prince Edward Island: The Reverend Margaret Collins, On Leave, The Reverend Cathy Pharo, Priest-in-Charge, St. John the Evangelist; Crapaud: New London, Prince Edward Island, The Reverend Margaret Fagan and Darroch, St. Mark’s, Kensington, St. Stephen’s, Burlington, St. Thomas’, Spring Brook, St. Elizabeth’s, Springfield
Anglican/Lutheran Cycle of Prayer: ACC: Executive Director, Will Postma, and staff of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
ELCIC: Executive Director, Karin Achtelstetter, and staff of Canadian Lutheran World Relief
ACC/ELCIC: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity