water of Galilee

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Opening Responses
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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.
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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.
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Reader Pharaoh ordered the death of male Hebrew children
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.
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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 PARADOX:
A BRINGER OF DEATH -
BUT ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE.
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Scripture Reading:  Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22
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Closing Responses
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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.
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Reader Through water, we became part of a story
with roots deep in human history.
ALL FROM THE MOMENT WHEN GOD TAMED THE WATERS,
AND LED THE HEBREW PEOPLE THROUGH THE WATERS OF THE RED SEA.
WATER - A SIGN OF NEW LIFE.
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Reader Through the waters of tsunami, the world was shaken
and feelings of our common humanity reawakened.
ALL MAY THE WORLD CONTINUE TO GROW IN AWARENESS
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.
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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,
  AMEN.
 

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