Isaiah 42:3 Bulletin cover courtesy of

A bell calls us to the present moment. Distractions flee as we listen to its call and its fading into the silence that invites us to connect with the Spirit. Sharing some famous bells, and a tiny one from the East that calls us to prayer.
A few stories that inspire us to be gentle. The Baptism of Jesus is the humble descent of Jesus into our human condition and into the darkness that so often pervades our lives.
Some quotations of Meister Eckhart, the 13th century spiritual writer and mystic.
And then: what do you want to have people say in your eulogy?

The Bell Choir as the Call to Worship. “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” Melody from a Polish Carol

The First Reading: Isaiah 42:1-9

The Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17
Sermon: “The Power of Gentleness”
The Tzar Bell. The largest bell in the world. Moscow

This is the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord.
For a calendar of this church year, click “Seasons of Grace 2020” For ways to interpret the church year according to The Bible Through the Seasons, visit the menu item “Seasons of Grace: Liturgical Calendar”.

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