The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ

Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:15 a.m.

Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”

Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.”

—Matthew 18:21-22

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Prelude: Hymn #448 O love, how deep, how broad, how high

Processional: Hymn #139 When Jesus went to Jordan’s stream

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen

Celebrant There is one Body and one Spirit
People There is one hope in God’s call to us;
Celebrant One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism;
People One God and Father of all.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

The Collect of the Day

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are bap-tized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


Old Testament: Genesis 1:1-5

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a form-less 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.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God

Psalm 29

1 Ascribe to the LORD, you gods, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due 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 a powerful voice; the voice of the LORD is a voice of splendor.
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 Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD splits the flames of fire; 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.
9 And in the temple of the LORD all are crying, “Glory!”
10 The LORD sits enthroned above the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as King for evermore.
11 The LORD shall give strength to his people; the LORD shall give his people the blessing of peace.

Hymn #297 Descend, O Spirit, purging flame

The Epistle: Acts 19:1-7

While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Then he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They answered, “Into John’s baptism.” Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— altogether there were about twelve of them.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Hymn #121 Christ, when for us you were baptised

The Gospel: 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.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon – The Rev. Galen Snodgrass

Holy Baptism

Celebrant: The Candidate for Holy Baptism will now be presented.

Parents and Godparents: We present Francis Keith Armato to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.

Celebrant: Will you be responsible for seeing that the child you present is brought up in the Christian faith and life?

Parents and Godparents: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you by your prayers and witness help this child to grow into the full stature of Christ?

Parents and Godparents: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?

Answer: I renounce them.

Do you renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God?
Answer I renounce them.

Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God?
Answer I renounce them.

Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Savior?
Answer I do.

Do you put your whole trust in his grace and love?
Answer I do.

Do you promise to follow and obey him as your Lord?
Answer I do.

The Celebrant addresses the congregation, saying: Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support these persons in their life in Christ?
People We will.

Celebrant: Let us join with those who are committing themselves to Christ and renew our own baptismal covenant.

The Baptismal Covenant

Celebrant Do you believe in God the Father?
People I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

Celebrant Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?
People I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended in to heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

Celebrant Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit?
People I believe in the Holy Spirit
The holy catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Celebrant Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and the prayers?
People I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant Will you persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
People I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?
People I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
People I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?
People I will, with God’s help.

Prayers for the Candidate

Celebrant: Let us now pray for Francis Keith who is to receive the Sacrament of new birth [and for those (this person) who have renewed their commitment to Christ.]

Leader Deliver him, O Lord, from the way of sin and death.
People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Open his heart to your grace and truth.
People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Fill him with your holy and life-giving Spirit.
People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Keep them in the faith and communion of your holy Church.
People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Teach them to love others in the power of the Spirit.
People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Send them into the world in witness to your love.
People: Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: Bring them to the fullness of your peace and glory.
People: Lord, hear our prayer.

The Celebrant says: Grant, O Lord, that all who are baptized into the death
of Jesus Christ your Son may live in the power of his resurrection and look for him to come again in glory; who lives and reigns now and for ever. Amen.

Thanksgiving over the Water

The Celebrant blesses the water, first saying: The Lord be with you.
People And also with you.

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Celebrant: We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life.

We thank you, Father, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we bring into his fellowship those who come to him in faith, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

At the following words, the Celebrant touches the water: Now sanctify this water, we pray you, by the power of your Holy Spirit, that those who here are cleansed from sin and born again may continue for ever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and for ever.

The Baptism

The candidate is presented by name to the Celebrant, who then immerses, or pours water upon, the candidate, saying: I baptize you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Celebrant: Let us pray.

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, 0 Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.

Then the Priest places a hand on the person’s head, marking on the forehead the sign of the cross [using Chrism if desired] and saying: Francis Keith Armato, you are sealed by the Holy Spirit in Baptism and marked as Christ’s own forever. Amen.

Celebrant: Let us welcome the newly baptized.
Celebrant and People: We receive you into the household of God. Confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood.

Celebrant The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People And also with you.


The Great Thanksgiving Eucharistic Prayer C

The Lord be with you.
And also with you
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

God of all power, Ruler of the Universe, you are worthy of glory and praise.
Glory to you for ever and ever.

At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses, and this fragile earth, our island home.

By your will they were created and have their being.

From the primal elements you brought forth the human race, and blessed us with memory, reason, and skill. You made us the rulers of creation. But we turned against you, and betrayed your trust; and we turned against one another.

Have mercy, Lord, for we are sinners in your sight.

Again and again, you called us to return. Through prophets and sages you revealed your righteous Law. And in the fullness of time you sent your only Son, born of a woman, to fulfill your Law, to open for us the way of freedom and peace.

By his blood, he reconciled us. By his wounds, we are healed.

And therefore we praise you, joining with the heavenly chorus, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all those in every generation who have looked to you in hope, to proclaim with them your glory, in their unending hymn:

Celebrant and People
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

The Celebrant continues: And so, Father, we who have been redeemed by him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, now bring before you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper, he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Remembering now his work of redemption, and offering to you this sacrifice of thanksgiving,

We celebrate his death and resurrection, as we await the day of his coming.
Lord God of our Fathers; God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the world about us. Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.

Risen Lord, be known to us in the breaking of the Bread.

Accept these prayers and praises, Father, through Jesus Christ our great High Priest, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, your Church gives honor, glory, and worship, from generation to generation. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

The Breaking of the Bread

Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.

The Gifts of God for the People of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

Hymn #339 Deck thyself, my soul, with gladness

Let us pray.
Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Blessing/Dismissal

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Hymn #141 LEVAS Shall we gather at the river

Prayer List


Please pray for The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lee’s Summit.


1/10 Ian Herbig

1/11 Tracy Holmes

1/12 Phyllis Cameron, Nina Edwards, Pat White

1/14 Jason Hedge

1/16 Douglas Rogers


1/15 Angela & Joshua Kreps


We pray for these expectant parents: Natalie & Nathan Kincaid.


Isabel Deibler, Cameron Ham, Geddes Paulsen, Hazel Shippee.


Vincent Armato, Gary Cram, Craig Elliott, Lucas Kahn, Cole Sherry, Doug Snodgrass, Korinne Takeyama, Kellan Travis and Christopher Willey.


Good Shepherd Annual Meeting

This years 2020 Annual Meeting will be Sunday, January 24th beginning at 10:15 AM after the 9:00 service. You may attend in person by registering with Laura Sawin-Armato in advance to ensure social distancing. Or you may join by Zoom via the listed link. What is required at this meeting is the election of four new vestry members, the presentation of the 2021 budget approved by the 2020 vestry. We’ll have copies of reports available in print and virtually. Plus, we would like to acknowledge members who’ve done extraordinary ministry during the year. Vestry Candidates are Phyllis Cameron, Kathy Potter, Susan Eveland, and Mike Wilkinson. If you have questions, feel free to contact Fr. Galen. The Zoom link is:

Good Shepherd Book Club Meets January 12th

We will meet on a 7 p.m. Zoom call Tuesday, January 12th to discuss Virgil Wander by Leif Enger. “When Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander’s car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior he survives, but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals. Into this community returns a prodigal son, Adam Leer, who may hold the key to reviving their town. ” All are welcome to join us – contact a member for the Zoom invite.

Episco-pen-pals of the Northwest Metro Deanery.

Meredith Seaton, NW Metro Youth Coordinator, has invited members of our deanery to join the movement through Episco-pen-pals. Those who sign up will share our good news with each other! With this sign up you will be paired with a pen pal. You will be provided addressed postcards the week of February 14, 2021. Fill out your card with your news of the week both good and if you could use advise or prayers. Share what makes you happy, hopeful, and your interests. It’s amazing the effect a nice note can make. You will receive a packet of addressed postcards for you to fill out and mail. If anyone in your congregation would like to participate please follow this link 

This is open to youth and adults. I will try and group parishes together depending on how many participants sign up.


Even though we may not be meeting in person for services, we would still love to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring again this year over Super bowl weekend. The Super bowl is currently scheduled for Sunday, February 7, 2021. The youth will be asking for monetary donations as well as food donations. Please plan to either give monetary do-nations (by mail or electronically) or bring food donations to the church. All proceeds will benefit the Good Shepherd Backpack Program. Please help to make this an even bigger success this year!


Close your eyes and clench your hands tightly. Imagine all the pressures and worries and tensions you carry here today. We hold on to a lot of things. Then, in your own time, turn your gripped hands over so that they are facing down. Imagine God’s hands underneath yours and slowly open your hands so that the things you are carrying fall into God’s hands. You may wish to repeat this several times. Turn your hands face up, but this time with the palms open and ask God’s Spirit to fill you afresh.


Find a short piece of rope, a long sock or pliable fabric. Think about the things in your life that make you worry. These might be everyday worries, one big worry going on in your life right now, or anything that makes you worry and stress and feel anxious. As you think about these things, tie a knot in the rope to represent each worry and how it ties you up inside. Matthew 6:25-34 reminds us, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about every-thing. As you untie each knot you made ask God to help you problem-solve when and how you can.

Lectio Divina—Sacred Reading

Modern day contemplative prayer movement stems from the monastic period of Christianity (early middle ages), which was a time of experimentation and mystical practices. One of the practices, lectio divina, meaning sacred reading, involved taking a page of Scripture and reading it over and over again in a spirit of contemplation. The goal isn’t analysis; it’s allowing God to speak to us through the word. Christians often refer to the Bible as God’s love letter to mankind, and when we take the time to read it as such, we are practicing sacred reading.

How is this helpful? For two thousand years, followers of Christ have been able to gain assurance of God’s presence in their lives through the knowledge that He has risen and now dwells in their hearts. For the early church, there was no written word in wide circulation to “resonate,” “attract”‘ or “disturb” them. Lectio Divina allows quiet space to turn our minds from outward things to the deep parts of our being; it does promise understanding of what we have read. We are not here to learn or to read, but to experience the presence of our Lord.

Choose a passage from Scripture. In a comfortable position, allow yourself to become interiorly silent. To do this, some focus for a few moments on breathing; others might find the following helpful. “God is the friend of silence. See how nature-trees, flowers, grass-grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls. “Mother Teresa Lord God, there is nothing more important than what we are attending to. There is nothing more urgent that we must hurry away to. We Wait on you God. Your time is the right time. We wail for You to make Your word clear to us. We know that in time and in the spirit of deep listening and in quiet stillness Your way will be clear. In Your Name AMEN (based on a prayer by Thomas Merton)

Reading (lectio)-Slowly begin reading the passage you choose as if it were a long awaited love letter addressed to you. Approach it reverentially and expectantly, in a way that savors each word and phrase. Read the passage until you hear a word or phrase that touches you, resonates, attracts or even disturbs you. Savor each portion of the reading, constantly listening for the ‘still, small voice’ of a word or phrase that somehow says, ‘I am for you today …’

Reflecting (meditatio)-Ponder this word or phrase for a few minutes. Let it sink in slowly and deeply until you are resting in it. Listen for what the word or phrase is saying to you at this moment in your life allowing it to interact with your inner world of concerns, memories and ideas, see what it may be offering to you, what it may be demanding of you.

Expressing (oratio)-When you feel ready, openly and honestly express to God the prayers that arise spontaneously within you from your experience of this word or phrase. These may be prayers of thanksgiving, petition, intercession, lament, or praise.

Resting (contemplatio)-Allow yourself to simply rest silently with God for a time in the stillness of your heart remaining open to the quiet fullness of God’s love and peace. Learn to use words when words are helpful, and to let go of words when they no longer are necessary. Rejoice in the knowledge that God is with you in both words and silence, in spiritual activity and inner receptivity.


Jesus thank you for the gift of your Word. Thank you for the time to get away and be with you. Open our eyes and illuminate our paths, this weekend, this month and the rest of this year. Help us to know that you are with us and that you love us more than we can imagine. And help us to know we can take time to rest and refuel, as we seek to serve you and glorify your Name. Amen


Sunday, January 10th, 2021
Readers – 10:15 Liz Janney R1
Nancy Marcy R2
Altar Guild – Cynthia Takayama —Team II
Flowers – Phyllis Cameron – For birthdays of Nina, Bev, Pat & Phyllis


Sunday, January 17, 2021
Readers – 10:15 Phil Graham R1
Marie Ebert R2
Tom Lanio POP
Altar Guild – Kathy Potter —Team III


Monday: Isa. 40:12-24

Tuesday: Isa. 40:25-31

Wednesday: Isa 41:1-16

Thursday: Isa 41:17-29

Friday: Isa 42:1-17

Saturday: Isa 43:1-13


7:00 p.m. – Wednesday, Episcopal 4 U, via Zoom
9:00 a.m. – Christian Formation, Sunday, via Zoom
10:15 a.m. Sunday morning via Facebook Live


Marie Ebert, Senior Warden

Steve Nelson, Junior Warden

Mary Dodson, Phil Graham, Brad Hale, Jill Hedge, Chris Kirby, Marilyn Lane, Pam Lipari, Nancy Marcy (Clerk), John Starns and Susan Stensrud

The Rt. Rev. Martin Field, Bishop of West Missouri
The Rev. Galen Snodgrass, Rector
Laura Sawin-Armato, Parish Administrator
Laura Williams, Youth Director
David Talbot, Sexton
Tiffany Olsson, Nursery Attendant
Nina Edwards, Treasurer
Gary Gee, Pledge Secretary
Pat Muldoon, Editor, The Shepherd’s Voice
Brad Hale, Communication Director/Web Admin

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
4947 N.E. Chouteau Drive, Kansas City, MO 64119-4815

Phone: 816-452-0745
Business office hours: Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

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