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Baptism of Our Lord
The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1

from the book
Preaching And Reading The Old Testament Lessons
With an Eye to the New

Elizabeth Achtemeier


Genesis 1:1-5

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Unfortunately, this text from Genesis has often been connected with baptism, and therefore the lectionary has selected it for this Sunday on which we celebrate the baptism of Jesus. The confusion has arisen because of a faulty reading of the passage. For example, the "Thanksgiving over the Water" of baptism in some worship books begins this way: "We give you thanks, Eternal God, for you nourish and sustain all living things by the gift of water. In the beginning of time, your Spirit moved over the watery chaos, calling forth order and life" (The Book of Common Worship, 1993). The implication is that God created the world by his Spirit, and some of our radical feminists have even imagined that the Spirit in our text is like a mother bird, hovering over her nest and hatching the universes. But of course that is not what our text says, does it? Genesis 1 is emphatic in its emphasis on God's creation ...

This The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 preaching resource, Baptism of Our Lord, is based on Genesis 1:1-5 and relates to The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This preaching resource is excerpted from the book Preaching And Reading The Old Testament Lessons . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Preaching resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary Preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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