A sermon preached by the Reverend Michael Anderson Bullock
at St. Philip’s, Easthampton, Massachusetts,
on 13 January 2019 [The Baptism of Jesus]:
Isaiah 43:1-7; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-11

Following A Grown-Up Jesus

Hop. Skip.  And a jump: In a very real sense this is what happens once Christmas comes, especially when one follows the accounts of the gospels and how this “Good News” is conveyed in the worshipping life of the church.  For once we have moved through the preparatory time of Advent and complete the joyous season of  Christmas, following Jesus takes off with what feels like a hop, skip, and a jump.

Perhaps you have noticed this.  I mean, no sooner had we marked the Twelfth Day of Christmas and then welcomed the Magi to the Christ child, the next Sunday (today) the gospel brings us to Jesus’ baptism.  And please notice that the Jesus we meet today is all grown-up.

It feels like a Read More

[1] Book of Common Prayer, Morning Prayer: Rite 1, page 41.
[2] cf., Galatians 3:22– pistu tuo Christou: “of”/ “in”.