Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, on this first Sunday after Epiphany. Pr. Kari Lipke gives our message today, with readings from Isaiah 42: 1-9 and Matthew 3: 13-17.
"We need a God who knows what it is to be human: to live, to love, to screw up, to triumph and yes, to suffer and to die. The God who, out of compassion, steeps Godself in these human experiences is the God who can help with compassion: the God who can help with compassion our oh-so-human selves as we deal with many challenges and difficulties in our lives. And we sure do need that help."