Sunday 10th January


Call to worship
This the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
We are the family of God.
And are called by God’s name.
We are heirs of Christ’s kingdom.
And born of the Spirit.
Let us, therefore, come together in thanksgiving.

I am a new creation
Holy Spirit, Rain down

Bible Reading - Mark 1:4-11
And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Video of the story

Diggin' Deeper

Sorry, your browser is unable to play this type of file. You can still download it

Lord Jesus,
we pray for those whose past troubles them
and who long to start again.
May turning to you help their worlds change for the better.
Song (to listen to)
Lord, help us to be open to your prompting
as we seek to discover what you would have us be and do.
Remind as again and again that you have promised to be our
guide and companion on our journey.
Help us to look forward with renewed commitment,
and bless our thinking and speaking and doing.
In your name.

Children's activity sheet

© ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2021.
Reproduced with permission