Tim Broadbent preaches on Isaiah 43.1-7; Luke 3.15-17, 21-22. Read the passages.
Children remain in church for this service. A creche facility is available.
At the River Jordan, a long line of people wait in a queue. It's a muddy, out-of-the-way kind of place. John the Baptist is turning lives around. He's offering something radical, the chance for a new start. The people who gather to be baptised by him aren't like the decent and respectable sorts that fill the courts of the temple in Jerusalem. They're the ones whose deepest desire is to start again. So why is Jesus standing in the line?