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Sunday January 13, 2019


Lectionary texts

Isaiah 43:1-7

But 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.

When 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.

For 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.

Because 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.
Do not fear,
   for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring
   from the east,
and from the west
   I will gather you;

I 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 —

everyone who is called
   by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
   whom I formed and made."

Psalm 29

Ascribe to God,
   O heavenly beings,
ascribe to God glory
   and strength.

Ascribe to God the glory
   of God's name;
worship God
   in holy splendor.

The voice of God
   is over the waters;
the God of glory
God, over mighty waters.

The voice of God
   is powerful;
the voice of God is full
   of majesty.

The voice of God
   breaks the cedars;
God breaks the cedars
   of Lebanon.

God makes Lebanon skip
   like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of God flashes forth
   in flames of fire.

The voice of God shakes
   the wilderness;
God shakes the wilderness
   of Kadesh.

The voice of God causes the oaks
   to whirl,
and strips the forest bare;
   and in God's temple all say,

God sits enthroned
   over the flood;
God sits enthroned
   as ruler forever.

May God give strength
   to the people!
May God bless the people
   with peace!


Acts 8:14-17

Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.


Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John 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. His 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."

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and 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."