Depending upon the tradition and method, baptism has variations in significance and meaning. In its simplest form, baptism as “rebirth” into something new connotes turning away from something old. This is not in the binary sense of new/old, good/bad but rather, how is order created out of disorder? How does God assert God’s power and presence to tame formlessness?
—J. Dana Trent, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.
—Mark 1:9-10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.*
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*Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved.