Morning Prayer with Hymns and Reflection for the Baptism of Christ

   1        The sinless one to Jordan came
            to share our fallen nature’s blame;
        God’s righteousness he thus fulfilled
            and chose the path his Father willed.

   2        Uprising from the waters there,
            the voice from heaven did witness bear
        that he, the Son of God, had come
            to lead his scattered people home.

   3        Above him see the heavenly Dove,
            the sign of God the Father’s love,
        now by the Holy Spirit shed
            upon the Son’s anointed head.

   4        How blessed that mission then begun
            to heal and save a race undone;
        straight to the wilderness he goes
            to wrestle with his people’s foes.

   5        Dear Lord, let those baptized from sin
            go forth with you, a world to win;
        and send the Holy Spirit’s power
            to shield them in temptation’s hour.

   6        On you shall all your people feed
            and know you are the Bread indeed,
        who gives eternal life to those
          that with you died, and with you rose.
Words: George B. Timms (1910–1997)


Genesis 1: 1-5

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Psalm 29
1  Ascribe to the Lord, you powers of heaven,  
   ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2  Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name;  
   worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3  The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
      the God of glory thunders;  
   the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4  The voice of the Lord is mighty in operation;  
   the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.
5  The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;  
   the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6  He makes Lebanon skip like a calf  
   and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7  The voice of the Lord splits the flash of lightning;
      the voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;  
   the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8  The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe
      and strips the forests bare;  
   in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’
9  The Lord sits enthroned above the water flood;  
   the Lord sits enthroned as king for evermore.
10  The Lord shall give strength to his people;  
   the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

Mark 1: 4-11
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Bless the Lord, the God of Israel,
who has come to set us free.
He has raised for us a Saviour
sprung from royal David’s tree.
Through his prophets God had spoken
of the hope the Christ would bring;
of his faithfulness and mercy
let each generation sing.
Long ago God made a promise
he would set his people free,
that in all our life and worship
we might know true liberty,
to be holy, to be righteous
in his sight throughout our days;
now this child will be a herald
making ready all God’s ways.

Let all people know salvation
through forgiveness of their sin,
as our God in his compassion
bids a shining dawn begin.
So may all who dwell in darkness
see the shadows disappear
while he guides our feet in pathways
where his peace is ever near.
To the Father be all glory
with the Spirit and the Son,
as it was, is now and shall be
while eternal ages run.

Words: Anne Harrison

Collect for the Baptism of Christ
Heavenly Father,
at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:
may we recognize him as our Lord
and know ourselves to be your beloved children;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

   1        We turn to Christ anew
            who hear his call today,
        his way to walk, his will pursue,
            his word obey.
        To serve him as our King
            and of his kingdom learn,
        from sin and every evil thing
            to him we turn.

   2        We trust in Christ to save;
            in him new life begins:
        who by his cross a ransom gave
            from all our sins.
        Our spirits’ strength and stay
            who when all flesh is dust
        will keep us on that final day,
            in him we trust.

   3        We would be true to him
            till earthly journeys end,
        whose love no passing years can dim,
            our changeless friend.
        May we who bear his name
            our faith and love renew,
        to follow Christ our single aim,
            and find him true.

Words: Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926)

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During the current lock down the PCCs of both Parishes have resolved to pause public worship for a time. During this time, we are doing to the following to ensure that we remain a praying presence in the heart of our communities.
  • St Cuthbert’s Haydon Bridge will be open for those who wish to use it for private prayer on Sunday mornings from 10.30am and on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm. You are very welcome to use the church for private prayer at these times and will be asked to follow our public health guidance if you do so.
  • We continue to offer prayers for our community at 9am and 6pm each day on our Facebook page.
  • We are looking to develop our “at home” worship offering, particularly making our regular Sunday 9am service more available to those who are not able or happy to use our current format on Facebook.
  • Those who have gathered as members of our Community of Prayer will be looking to develop practical means through which the prayers of the whole community can be gathered and offered through this time.