January 8, 2012
The Baptism of Our Lord
(First Sunday after the Epiphany)
FIRST READING: Genesis 1:1-5
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2The earth was barren, with no form of life;
it was under a roaring ocean covered with darkness.
But the Spirit of God was moving over the water.
3God said, “I command light to shine!” And light started shining. 4God looked at the light and saw that it was good. He separated light from darkness 5and named the light “Day” and the darkness “Night.” Evening came and then morning — that was the first day.
PSALMODY: Psalm 29
1All of you angels in heaven,
honor the glory and power of the LORD!
2Honor the wonderful name of the LORD,
and worship the LORD most holy and glorious.
3The voice of the LORD echoes over the oceans.
The glorious LORD God thunders
above the roar of the raging sea,
4and his voice is mighty and marvelous.
5The voice of the LORD destroys the cedar trees;
the LORD shatters cedars on Mount Lebanon.
6God makes Mount Lebanon skip like a calf
and Mount Hermon jump like a wild ox.
7The voice of the LORD makes lightning flash
8and the desert tremble.
And because of the LORD,
the desert near Kadesh shivers and shakes.
9The voice of the LORD makes deer give birth
before their time.
Forests are stripped of leaves,
and the temple is filled with shouts of praise.
10The LORD rules on his throne,
king of the flood forever.
11Pray that our LORD will make us strong
and give us peace.
SECOND READING: Acts 19:1-7
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled across the hill country to Ephesus, where he met some of the LORD’S followers. 2He asked them, “When you put your faith in Jesus, were you given the Holy Spirit?”
“No!” they answered. “We have never even heard of the Holy Spirit.”
3“Then why were you baptized?” Paul asked.
They answered, “Because of what John taught.”
4Paul replied, “John baptized people so that they would turn to God. But he also told them that someone else was coming, and that they should put their faith in him. Jesus is the one that John was talking about.” 5After the people heard Paul say this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6Then Paul placed his hands on them. The Holy Spirit was given to them, and they spoke unknown languages and prophesied. 7There were about twelve men in this group.
GOSPEL: Mark 1:4-11
4So John the Baptist showed up in the desert and told everyone, “Turn back to God and be baptized! Then your sins will be forgiven.”
5From all Judea and Jerusalem crowds of people went to John. They told how sorry they were for their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River.
6John wore clothes made of camel’s hair. He had a leather strap around his waist and ate grasshoppers and wild honey.
7John also told the people, “Someone more powerful is going to come. And I am not good enough even to stoop down and untie his sandals. 8I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit!”
9About that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10As soon as Jesus came out of the water, he saw the sky open and the Holy Spirit coming down to him like a dove. 11A voice from heaven said, “You are my own dear Son, and I am pleased with you.”