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sermon resources for january 8, 2012 [Baptism of Our Lord]

sermon and preaching resourcesGenesis 1:1-5

We are often quoted famous people’s last words. What of their first? These are God’s first words: “Let there be light.”

Opportunity to talk about Epiphany just two short days later… Could also be a great tie-in to baptismal imagery for the day: our first words as a new creation—God telling us who we are now.

Walter Brueggemann suggests that the author(s) of Genesis are not concerned so much with how the cosmos was created and how it all began but rather with what the origins of Israel (God’s people) were.

Text note in NRSV says “When God began to create…” And while we are text-isms, “formless void” is “tohu wa-bohu” in Hebrew. That could be a fun preaching hook. Get the congregation saying tohu wa-bohu over and over again. According to Indiana University professor Henry Fischel, “waste schmaste” would not be inaccurate.

Acts 19:1-7

It is tempting to read some “charismatic” element into this pericope. I prefer to see it as a time to ask how many of us baptized function as if we ourselves don’t have the power of the Spirit? How often do we fail to tackle big visions because we think we do them on our own power? Do we ever really trust a Power bigger than us to accomplish our undertakings? Are our mission plans as churches big enough to need the Spirit?

Mark 1:4-11

“You are my Son…” Matthew records the voice saying, “This is my Son…” Does this personal address to Jesus create any new preaching points for us? Maybe a chance to talk about how we ourselves understand our identity as God’s child? It’s important that we hear the Church telling us we belong to God; do we hear our own hearts telling us that, too?

Same verb “torn apart” at baptism is same verb “torn apart” at Jesus’ death when the Temple curtain is torn. The implication seems the same—God is now on the loose. At baptism, the heavenly dwelling of God is torn apart, the Spirit comes down and rests on Jesus, and God is now on the loose. At crucifixion, God is no longer separated from the masses in the Holy of Holies; God is on the loose in the power of the Cross.

 

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a field guide to contemporary worship

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