Remembering Our Baptism

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a sermon about the meaning of Baptism. Based on Matthew 3:13-17 

The Service for the Lord’s Day
January 12, 2020    10:30 am
 “Remembering Our Baptism”

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Prelude                               “The Church’s One Foundation”                              arr. M Hayes

“Once to Every Man and Nation”                            arr. M Hayes

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*The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not yet met.

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)


Hymn                                                 “Who Am I”                                           Casting Crowns


Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather this morning as people of God;

People:    encouraged to follow Jesus’ example of faith.

Leader:     Having been washed clean by Baptism,

People:    we recall that spiritual connection every time we enter His church.

       Leader:     Jesus prepared for His work to begin by Baptism in the Jordan River.  We

look to our Baptism as a joyful beginning of the grace we have from God

through Jesus Christ.

ALL:        Let us worship God!


*Hymn                                                 “Oceans”                                                Hillsong United


*Prayer of Confession (Unison)

            Dear Lord, those who were presented for Baptism as children may not think often about it.  We might not be able to recall the promises spoken by our parents or the fellowship of other believers.  We may consider it a rite of passage without much relevance to us now.  Help us to remember, if not the specific day, the deep meaning.  Hold us to the promises made to follow the Lord, to share His Word, to bring others to Him and to be active participants in a community of faith.  Show us that the intention then is even more meaningful now that we, as disciples of the Lord, uphold the promises with our voices; carry out His commands with our actions and give unto Him our spirits, so that His will be done through us…

(Silent time of prayer)


*Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     Just as Jesus was washed in the glory of God, the waters of Baptism

remind us of our new life in Christ and the mercy and forgiveness of God.

ALL:        Thanks be to God!


*The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.



Children’s Message

After the Children’s Message, preschoolers through 1st Graders may continue to Millard Hall for Children’s Church.  All other students are asked to remain in worship.


Anthem                                  “Gather By the River to Pray”                                arr. P Choplin

Chancel Choir


Message      “Remembering Our Baptism”     Dr. Jonathan Sloan

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The Book of Order gives more info on Baptism in the Presbyterian tradition

Matthew 3:13-17                                          Pew Bible pg. 784

The Baptism of Jesus
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”



*Hymn #485                                                                     “We Know That Christ is Raised”


Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

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 debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.



Offertory Anthem                   “Teach Me Your Way”                                          R Stone

Adonai Singers


*Doxology (The Hymnal, p. 606)


*Prayer of Dedication



Hymn #408                                                                        “There’s A Sweet, Sweet Spirit”




Postlude                                      “A Joyous Organ Verse”                                      E Batiste



*Please stand, in body or in spirit



As you leave today, remember with great joy your Baptism

and the promise to follow the Lord!