|Reader||In the beginning when God created
the heavens and the earth,
the earth was a formless void
and darkness covered the face of the deep
while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.
|ALL||AT THE VERY DAWN OF CREATION
GOD'S SPIRIT BREATHED ON THE WATERS,
MAKING THEM THE WELLSPRING OF ALL HOLINESS.
|Reader||In the days of Noah
God cleansed the world with the waters of the flood.
Noah and his family lived -
and not all who died were guilty.
|ALL||SETTING A RAINBOW IN THE SKY
GOD MADE A COVENANT WITH HUMANITY
AND MADE THE FLOOD A SIGN OF THE WATERS OF BAPTISM
THAT MAKE AN END TO SIN
AND OFFER A NEW BEGINNING OF HOLINESS.
|Reader||Pharaoh ordered the death of male
but his mother hid Moses among reeds
and Pharaoh's daughter drew him so safety from the water.
|ALL||AND MOSES LED GOD'S PEOPLE THROUGH
THE WATERS OF THE RED SEA
TO BE AN IMAGE OF GOD'S HOLY PEOPLE
SET FREE FROM SIN BY BAPTISM.
|Reader||In the waters of the Jordan
Jesus was baptised by John
and anointed with the Spirit
|ALL||THE POWER OF WATER MADE KNOWN
THROUGH THE AGES -
A BRINGER OF DEATH -
BUT ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE.
|Scripture Reading: Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22|
|Reader||Jesus made water holy by his
baptism in the Jordan.
Our baptism made our sinful nature new
and gave us rebirth.
|ALL||IN BAPTISM WE DIED WITH CHRIST
AND LIVE IN THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE
UNITED WITH HIM.
|Reader||Through water, we became part of a
with roots deep in human history.
|ALL||FROM THE MOMENT WHEN GOD TAMED THE
AND LED THE HEBREW PEOPLE THROUGH THE WATERS OF THE RED SEA.
WATER - A SIGN OF NEW LIFE.
|Reader||Through the waters of tsunami, the world
and feelings of our common humanity reawakened.
|ALL||MAY THE WORLD CONTINUE TO GROW IN
OF THE LIFE AND PLANET WE SHARE,
AND THE OUTPOURING OF LOVE
LEAD TO A SUSTAINED CHANGE OF HEART
AND SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE IN NEED.
|Reader||And may we who have been called
through the waters of baptism
live our lives in daily witness to the God of love:
asking his blessing upon us and our world
today and every day.
|ALL||THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.|
|Reader||And until we meet again|
|ALL||MAY GOD HOLD US IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND,|
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