Good morning, my brothers and sisters in Christ. Today we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord, which marks the beginning of His ministry of Salvation to us, and the coming of the Kingdom. The New Year brings with it beginnings and renewals in which we will in some way, or the other, be a part of; this will depend on our involvement in the various activities and development that as a church we desire to fulfill. Our Baptism caused us to begin a new life in Christ, and being empowered by the Holy Spirit we are urged to tell others of our relationship with him. At Jesus’ baptism we are told that God, was ‘well pleased’ and that he was loved. We, too, can be said to be ‘loved’ of God and that he desires to be pleased with us, if we but trust and accept the Christ as His Son. Jesus begun his ministry with that assurance of being loved and pleased with, knowing the path he was to walk to bring about the salvation for which he came, and we too can walk that path, so as to share in the promised Kingdom.
Theme: “True worshipers.” Jesus said, “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” (John 4: 23)