1 When Jesus was baptized by John,
the sky was torn apart.
The Spirit, like a dove, came down
and fell upon his heart.
As he rose from that desert spring,
a voice from heaven cried:
“You are my Son, beloved one,
my chosen one, my pride.”
2 Thus Jesus heard his call from God
and, gifted with God’s grace,
began to spread the light of love
in every darkened place.
He healed the sick, the blind, and lame;
the broken, contrite heart.
He called for justice for the poor
and all those set apart.
3 Like Jesus, we have been baptized,
accepted as God’s own,
and in that holy sacrament
our mission was made known.
The Risen Christ lives on in us,
his body here on earth,
and we are instruments of grace
to give God’s love new birth.
4 Each time we gather at the font,
remember who we are:
a people charged to love and serve
our neighbors near and far;
a people called to be a friend
to all who are in need,
and show that love is just and fair
in every word and deed.
Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns togethe… Go to person page >
Display Title: When Jesus Was Baptized by JohnFirst Line: When Jesus was baptized by JohnTune Title: JORDAN SPRINGAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: CMDScripture: Isaiah 42:1; Isaiah 42:6-7; Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22Date: 2017Subject: Baptism | Baptism of Jesus; Baptism | Rembering our Baptism