Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him.

Matthew 3:13

This weekend we will leave the infancy narratives of Jesus behind us. However, rather than spending some time looking at the Christ’s earthly childhood and teenage years, the narratives skip straight to the beginning of his adult ministry. At the age of thirty.

Just a bit of a difference there.

Over the next two weeks, we will be diving deep into the story of Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan.

This first weekend, we will spend time looking not only at Jesus, but also at the early church’s ever-expanding ministry into the world with an important story of a centurion from the book of Acts. What did this mean for them? What does it mean for us?

Then, the following week, we will take a closer look at Jesus’ own baptism.

Remembering the baptism of the Lord is a wonderful way the liturgical calendar helps us to transition to “ordinary time” – that season in which we spend most of the year. It reminds us that though we do have specific, special moments that define us, we spend most of our lives living in the regular world.

So a question to ponder in the coming days: how do we keep the effect of our “great faith moments” when we follow the daily path of Christ’s footsteps before us?

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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