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The Rev. Dr. Sally Haynes

Sally Haynes: Swimming with Jellyfish

Isaiah 43:1-7; Luke 3:15-17,21-22

Baptism of the Lord - Year C

January 13, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Sally Haynes (UMC)


I still remember the exhilaration I felt, skittering over the surface of the Pamlico Sound on a small sailboat. The sun was shining, and all was well with the world in that way that seems to happen magically when you're on a boat.

It was the summer after my senior year of high school, and I was working with a Christian outreach ministry with other college students on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It was my day off from my paid work of cleaning bathhouses, so I wandered over to the small sailboat franchise we also helped run. There wasn't a paying customer in sight, so the two guys working it decided it would be okay if we took a boat out onto the water. It might even drum up some business for someone to see our sail out on the waters of the Sound.

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The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen

Patrick Keen: Taking Baptism Seriously

Mark 1:9-11

Baptism of the Lord - Year B

January 07, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Keen (ELCA)


As we come together to consider the actions of Jesus submitting to the baptism being offered by John the Baptist, I would like for us to first do a word study to help us in the discerning of what this thing called baptism is, and what role our baptism plays in the believer's faith and life.

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Other Recent Content About Baptism

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson Transcript

January 08, 2017

Debra Samuelson: Tattooed for Life

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

The story of baptism is not only a story that we belong to God and are beloved by God, says Debra Samuelson, it is a story that we belong to each other--we're part of a larger story of God's presence in the world.
The Rev. Dr. Clayton Schmit Transcript

January 10, 2016

I Have Called You By My Name

The Rev. Dr. Clayton Schmit (ELCA)

Dr. Clay Schmit says when we are baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, we are given the name of the one who was baptized before us, Jesus Christ, the anointed one. And we are anointed ourselves--from that moment on, bearing his name: Christian.
The Rev. Maxwell Grant Transcript

January 11, 2015

Torn Open, By God

The Rev. Maxwell Grant (UCC)

As the church observes the Baptism of the Lord, Max Grant points out that in Mark's gospel, the heavens are 'torn open' for the dove to descend on Jesus, which tells us that the baptism of Jesus is clearly a radical act--God has committed the act of breaking and entering into the world. And if we take our baptism seriously, it might just tear open our own lives.
The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson Transcript

January 12, 2014

Secret Identity

The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson (TEC)

As the church celebrates the Baptism of the Lord, Dean Barkley Thompson explores Jesus' identity, and ours in baptism. Just as Jesus did, we can see that in our baptism, Jesus' identity becomes our own true selves. We emerge from the water reborn into him, sons and daughters of God.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown Transcript

January 13, 2013

Does Baptism Matter?

The Rev. Dr. Michael Brown (other)

In his sermon for the Baptism of the Lord Sunday, Marble Collegiate Church minister Dr. Michael Brown points out that to the gospel writers, baptism is crucial. Everything starts at the river where Jesus enters the waters of baptism--it was the moment when Jesus was claimed and called. We too belong to God and are called to do something special.
Canon Caroline Westerhoff Transcript

October 21, 2012

The Merry-Go-Round

Canon Caroline Westerhoff (TEC)

Caroline Westerhoff helps us wrestle with Jesus' teaching on humility in Mark 10:35-45, which shows us how to live, face to face with each other, and with Jesus.
The Rev. David Lewicki Transcript

January 08, 2012

As It Was in the Beginning

The Rev. David Lewicki (PCUSA)

What we learn from the account of creation in Genesis 1 and the launching of Jesus' ministry in Mark 1 is that beginnings matter--they tell us who we are, whose we are, and where we are going.
The Rev. Dr. Bill J. Leonard Transcript

January 09, 2011

The River

The Rev. Dr. Bill Leonard (CBF)

The Rev. Dr. Bill Leonard takes a look at Jesus' baptism (Matthew 3:13-17), and helps us gain a fresh appreciation for the sacrament that unites us with Christian community.