Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager is the Senior Associate Minister at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme in Old Lyme, CT.
Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17 (NRSV)
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw God’s Spirit descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from the heavens said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
Reflection: Belovedness Over Coffee
God of Epiphanies,
May we remember to take care of one another’s bodies and spirits as well as our own as we continue to serve and learn from our neighbors near and far. May we live out our baptismal calls by the light of the moon and the shade of the day on whatever street corners we may find ourselves. May we embody belovedness as we go. Amen.
New Prayer Requests:
We ask churches and church leaders to join us in the following prayers either by sharing them during worship, printing them in bulletins, or sharing them in some other way. To make a prayer request, please contact Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane at email@example.com.
Prayers of Intercession:
- For the people of Ukraine whose lives continue to be shattered by war.
- For those grieving or suffering due to the ~44,200 gun violence deaths in the US this past year.
- For churches struggling with spiritual vitality and financial viability.
- For the homeless, poor and hungry.
Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:
- For those building Congregational legacies.
- For those who set up tables with sandwiches, snacks, and drinks on a street corner for whomever shows up, and for those who make the sandwiches and supply the food.
This Week in History:
January 4, 1965 (58 years ago): In his State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson lays out for Congress a laundry list of legislation needed to achieve his plan for a Great Society. Following Johnson’s lead, Congress enacted sweeping legislation in the areas of civil rights, health care, education and the environment. [History]
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
The Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager is the Associate Pastor at The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.