Welcome to Rowntree’s web service, we hope you find this a meaningful time. We also offer a live on-line Zoom service Sundays, to access this please call our office at 519-432-8075 and leave a message. Brianne will endeavor to reply as soon as possible.
We enter into the Season of Epiphany ( Jan 6 is Epiphany day, celebrating the Magi’s visit to the Christ child, but the season continues until Shrove Tuesday). Liturgical Colours are White and Gold for Epiphany, Green added after Epiphany
We Gather as God’s People
Prelude: All Poor Ones and Humble. words KE Roberts, Music – Welsh carol and E Routley. Performed by Glen Thompson
Acknowledging the Territory, Lighting the Christ Candle and Call to Worship
Holy and Sustaining God, we come to worship and praise you. We journeyed with you to Bethlehem and followed the star of the east.
Today we gather with you at the River Jordan, remembering Jesus’ baptism.
As we enter this season of epiphanies and revelations, may your Spirit stir our hearts and open our lives to new learnings and understandings.
Fill us with a willingness to go into the deep waters, ever mindful that you have called us by name and that you go with us. We pray this ancient prayer.
(Dora White – Gathering ACE 2021-22)
…The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
We Hear God’s Word – Luke 3, 13-17 and 21-23, from The Message
13 John told them, “No more extortion—collect only what is required by law.”
14 Soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
He told them, “No harassment, no blackmail—and be content with your rations.”
15 The interest of the people by now was building. They were all beginning to wonder, “Could this John be the Messiah?”
16-17 But John intervened: “I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main character in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will ignite the kingdom life, a fire, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”
21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry.
Hymn – Hope is a Star that Shines in the Night, words: B Wren, music J Collier, performed by Pam Font and Sheila Kominek with G. Thompson on piano
Reflection -The Mystery of Baptism with Rev Wendy Noble
We Respond in Love and Prayers of the People
Blessing and Commissioning
As the water washed over Jesus, so may the words of our worship continue to wash over you as you go from this virtual place.
As Jesus emerged from the river refreshed in his ministry, may you emerge from this Zoom gathering refreshed in your ministry and ready to serve.
And may God, who has called, claimed and commissioned us, whom we experience as Creator, Christ and Comforter journey with us, this day and all our days. Amen
We all need to work on the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. ( see header ‘Truth, Reconciliation and Justice’ on home page)
Do you wish to share a prayer ? Please call the church phone line at 519 432 8075 to leave your prayers. If there is no one in the office at that time- please leave your prayers on our voice mail.
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh.
We still have a building and staff and are still running a community meal program on Tuesday evenings. We are thankful for your donation- see main page – click on Canada Helps link.