Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit/wind moved over the waters. Both Mark’s gospel and the story in Acts make clear that it is the Spirit’s movement that distinguishes Jesus’ baptism from John’s. The Spirit has come upon us as upon Jesus and the Ephesians, calling us God’s beloved children and setting us on Jesus’ mission to re-create the world in the image of God’s vision of justice and peace.


Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace, and transform us by your Spirit, that we may follow after your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Genesis 1:1-5
Psalm 29
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11

This Weeks Readings

MondayGenesis 17:1-13
Romans 4:1-12
Psalm 69:1-5,30-36
TuesdayExodus 30:22-38
Acts 22:2-16
Psalm 69:1-5,30-36
WednesdayIsaiah 41:14-20
John 1:29-34
Psalm 69:1-5,30-36
ThursdayJudges 2:6-15
2 Corinthians 10:1-11
Psalm 139:1-6,13-18
FridayJudges 2:16-23
Acts 13:16-25
Psalm 139:1-6,13-18
Saturday1 Samuel 2:21-25
Matthew 25:1-13
Psalm 139:1-6,13-18
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