This Sunday, we observe the second part of Epiphany, the revelation of God in human form, when we celebrate Baptism of the Lord Sunday. Our lections all focus on water and wind, Spirit and fire: Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17, and Luke 3:15-22. During the worship service, we will contemplate the meaning of our baptism and our call to get caught up in the fire of the Holy Spirit. We will take time to consider the ways our sins are washed away in baptism, as we listen to Kyle Matthews' song "Been Through the Water," and we will reaffirm our baptism as a congregation, part of the body of Christ. I look forward to this celebration, even in the bleak midwinter (to steal phrase from Christina Rosetti), and I hope everyone can make it to church on Sunday, despite our recent accumulation of snow--a very unique thing in East Tennessee, indeed!
Blessings to all! Catch on fire with enthusiasm as your prepare for worship this Sunday and for discipleship every day!