Sermon Introduction –
When Jesus was baptized, a voice from heaven declared that Christ is God’s beloved child. God makes the same promise to you! We are all part of God’s family. What does this teach us about loving and welcoming others?
Introduction to this week’s readings –
Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit of God 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.