Week of: January 7, 2018
Scripture: Mark 1:4-11
You are my Son, The Beloved; with you I am well pleased.
(Mark 1:11b, NRSV)
It is the first week of January, the first week of a new year. Time seems to move so fast! The church calendar also speeds along. Little time has passed since our adoration of Jesus in a manger surrounded by Mary and Joseph and shepherds.
Now, suddenly, Jesus is an adult stepping into the waters of the river Jordan to be baptized, the beginning of his public ministry. He has received a sign ["… the Spirit descending like a dove…"] and a word ["… a voice came from heaven, 'You are my son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased'"] (Mark 1:10b-11, NRSV).
It is the beginning of a new year for us, the time to start anew in our own lives and worship arts ministry. What shall be our sign, our word to jumpstart our worship arts ministry this year?
Water. Water shall be our sign. Water is at the font and in our daily drinking, cooking, washing …
Beloved. Beloved is the word we need as we embark on our daily tasks of ministry. We too are God’s beloved. We are baptized by the Holy Spirit. Remember: you are named and claimed as God’s own beloved child. You are not alone as you step into this new year.
Loving God, thank you for claiming me as your beloved child. Amen.
Nancy Hastings Hornsby
Pastor and Retreat Leader
North Alabama Conference of The UMC