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Lord, wash us and we shall be clean.


(Introductory Prayers)
 


THE GOSPEL
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22


After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended
upon him.

Jesus, sinless,
you stood among us,
waiting the water like everybody else,
as if you were a sinner
in need of cleansing.

The Father said in a loud voice:
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well
pleased.”

Oh Holy God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You stand with us, sinful as we are.
Make us holy through the waters of baptism.


THE FIRST READING

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 or 40:1-5, 9-11


Here is my servant whom I uphold,
my chosen one with whom I am pleased.

We cry
in the wilderness.

The land we walk is rugged and rough.
We find no easy highways,
only deep valleys and
steep mountains.

Jesus,
a light for us,
and for all nations,
grasp us by the hand.
Open the eyes of the blind,
bring prisoners out of their cells,
and deliver those who live in oppression.
Grant us the grace to be merciful to each other.

Like a
 shepherd,
gather us as
lambs in your arms.


THE SECOND READING

Acts 10:34-38 or Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7


He saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us.

Lord,
rain the Holy Spirit down upon us:
 over our shoulders, down on our heads, hands, feet.

 Drench our hearts.

Your lavish love
 and your pouring the Spirit upon us
 has made us wealthy
 beyond telling.

Please be our continued guest.

Anne Osdieck           

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