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Baptism involves declaring faith in God and being washed with water. It means being cleansed from sin, being united to Jesus Christ, receiving his Holy Spirit and becoming God’s children. Sometimes called ‘Christening’.

Holy Communion

At Holy Communion blessed bread and wine is shared, by which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The congregation gives thanks for Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection and his continuing presence. See also Eucharist.


Prayer sustains our human relationship with God and may involve words (formal or informal) or be silent. Prayer can involve adoration (‘I love you’), confession (‘sorry’), thanksgiving and supplication (‘please’).

Home Publications Word of the Lord Year A The Baptism of Christ (The First Sunday of Epiphany)

The Baptism of Christ (The First Sunday of Epiphany)

Prayer for the Week

Faithful and eternal God:

As the New Year unfolds, the baptism of our Lord reminds us that your love is with us in every new beginning. Wash away our cynicism and open our eyes to new possibilities, that we may both find and spread hope and joy in whatever circumstances surround us.


Canon Carol Wardman

Collect for the week

Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant that we who are born again by water and the Spirit
may rejoice to be called your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Sunday 12 January 2020

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The Baptism of Christ (Epiphany One [A])