January 23rd

Psalm 95:6-7 is a very good passage to meditate on as the CHURCH gathers around the world to worship:

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.

Chronological Reading for January 23rd: Psalm 95; 97-99

Common Prayer Reading for January 23rd: Psalm 114; Zechariah 3; Ephesians 2:11-22

Today at ANC several people are going to publicly demonstrate their love and submission to Jesus and their commitment to Jesus’ body, the church, and his mission on this earth through Baptism.  As we baptize these people today, I can’t help but think, as Christ has saved them and they are publicly demonstrating their commitment to him, that this passage should be the passage they need to bring to memory over and over, especially when they go through times that make this baptism feel as if it were nothing more than getting wet.  It is a verse I have thought on a lot this past week, and continue to think on:

…you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,  who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

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