With echoes of the message of Epiphany, this feast interprets the baptism of Jesus as the coming of the “mighty one” who will fulfill God’s promise of a messianic age. Note: The first and/or second reading of Year A may also be used on this feast.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Isaiah 55:1-11. This reading is echoed at the Easter Vigil. The messianic age will be a time of bounty, of no boundaries between nations, and of reconciliation. Doubt it? It is the word of the Lord, so it is as sure as the arrival of rain and snow.

Psalm of the Day: Isaiah 12
This canticle concludes the first set of Isaiah’s prophecies. Voicing thanksgiving for God’s fidelity, it also announces a time of salvation.

Joyfully You Will Draw Water   PSL B-27/SS
Ustedes Sacarán Agua (García)  FYC 282
Ustedes Sacarán Agua/You Will Draw Water (Reza)  Una Voz 267
We Shall Draw Water (Inwood)   JS2 117/MI‑BB/GP 288
With Joy You Will Draw Water (Haugen)   GC2 81/GP 148/CBW 237PCY2 54
You Will Draw Water (Alstott)   CBW 81/BB
You Will Draw Water (Guimont) RS 204/GC2 1017/LPMG 21B
You Will Draw Water (Hunstiger)   SS
You Will Draw Water (Kreutz) PSC 72
You Will Draw Water (Proulx/Gelineau) WOR 823/WOR4 1023
You Will Draw Water (Reagan)   PMB 113, 577/WC 351/WS/PRM B16
You Will Draw Water/Ustedes Sacarán Agua (Reza)   JS2 116
You Will Draw Water (Schiavone)   JS2 900/LP 31

Alternative Psalm of the Day, Cycle A:  Ps (28) 29
This psalm may have originated as a hymn to Baal, adapted by a Jewish poet to sing the praise of YHWH. It is a powerful expression of God’s supremacy and universal rule.

Lord, Bless Your People (Warner)   PMB 143
The Lord Will Bless His People (Batastini)  RS 58
The Lord Will Bless His People (Booth)  GP 191
The Lord Will Bless His People (Canter)   MI-BB
The Lord Will Bless His People (Cheri/Robertson)   WC 398/WS
The Lord Will Bless His People (Forrester/Somerville)  CBW 38
The Lord Will Bless His People (Guimont)  GC 40/GC2 908/LPMG 21
The Lord Will Bless His People (Hunstiger)   SS
The Lord Will Bless His People (Kreutz)    PMB 576/WS/PRM B15
The Lord Will Bless His People (Proulx/Gelineau)  WOR 785/WOR4 1022
The Lord Will Bless His People (Schiavone)   JS2 899/LP 30
The Lord Will Bless Us with Peace (Whitaker)   JS2 31

Common Psalm: Ps (71) 72
See suggestions for Epiphany.

1 John 5:1-9. Just as the prophets longed for and promised a messianic age of peace and reconciliation, so the author of this letter longs for and promises a time when faith will conquer the world.

Mark 1:7-11. Mark's version of the baptism scene at the Jordan is simple and straightforward. Note that only Jesus sees the vision of the Spirit and hears the voice. In Mark’s version of this story, the Spirit’s presence is a personal call by God, not a witness for the crowd.

Songs for the Liturgy
A Living Hope (2,G)   PMB 284/CBW 613
*All Justice You Have Loved and Taught (E)   IH 13
All the Ends of the Earth -- Dufford (G)  GP 683/MI‑BB/GC 520/GC2 526/JS2 595
*All You Who Are Thirsty (1B,G)  RS 644/GC 501
Arise, Your Light Is Come! (1)  CBW 302
Baptized  in Water (G)  WOR 720/WOR4 919/RS 903/GC 798/GC2 797/CBW 614/JS2 542/PMB 286/WC 617/WS/MI-BB/SS
Before the Sun Burned Bright (G)  GP 577/CBW 504
Blessed Quietness (G)  LMGM 72
Christ, You are the Fullness (2,G)  CBW 431
Come and Let Us Drink of That New River (1B,2B) WOR 723/GC 807/RS 902
*Come, Taste and See (1B,G)  GP 526/JS2 818
*Come to Me – Dufner (1B)   JS2 735
*Come to the Feast – Haugen (1B)  GC 503/GC2 499
*Come to the Water (1B) GP 706/GC 502/GC2 502/JS2 253, 650/MI-BB/SS
*Come to the Waters (1B) CBW 359
*Come to Us (1B) GC 743/GC2 740
*Down Galilee’s Slow Roadways (G)   HG 16
Everyone Moved by the Spirit (G)  GP 412
Glorious Things of You Are Spoken (1B,PsB) WC 708
God Sends Us His Spirit (G)  WOR 724/GC 467
God, Who at the Font Once Named Us (1,G)   WC 793
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (1,G)   PMB 225/WC 517/WS/SS
Healing River (G)  RS 715/GC 584/GC2 564
Healing River of the Spirit (1,1B,Ps)   MI-BB
Here Am I (1)  RS 822/GC2 713
*Here Is My Servant (1)    PSL B-26/SS
I've Just Come from the Fountain (G)  LMGM 110/WC 618
*Jesus at the Jordan Baptized (G)   WOR4 911/SS
Joy to the World (1)  WOR 399/WOR4 424/CBW 328/GP 318/LMGM 19/BB/RS 524/GC 343/GC2 353/PMB 207/WC 493/JS2 336/WS/SS
Now in This Banquet, vss 3‑4 (1)  GC 833/GC2 825/RS 933/CBW 608
O Christ, the Great Foundation (G)  WOR 618/RS 781, 782/GC2 646/CBW 527/SS
O God of Love, O King of Peace (Ps)   PMB 457/WOR 652/WOR4 813/WC 872/RS 833/CBW 681
Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (1,G)  CBW 582
Praise to You, O Christ Our Savior (G)  JS2 674/MI‑BB/RS 652/GC 515/GC2 517/CBW 442/WOR4 591/GP 662
Priestly People, v 1 (E,1,G)    PMB 383/WC 761/WS
Send Down the Fire (G)  GC 466/GC2 477
Song of the Holy Spirit (G)  JS2 460/CBW 526
Song over the Waters (G)  RS 855/GC 585/GC2 559/SS
Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (G)  WOR 410/WOR4 451/CBW 348/BB/RS 529/GC 376/GC2 383/WC 519/JS2 368/PMB 224/WS/SS
*Surely It Is God Who Saves Me (PsB) WOR 584/WOR 643/RS 739/CBW 500
*Sweet Refreshment, v 3 (G)   GC2 802/SS
*Take and Eat This Bread, v 4 – O’Brien (1B) GC2 839/SS
The Church of Christ in Every Age (1)  WOR 626/WOR4 785/RS 803/GC2 665/WC 940/JS2 843/SS
The Church's One Foundation (G)  CBW 604/GP 46/MI‑BB/WC 764/GC 661/JS2 779/PMB 385/WOR4 736/WS/SS
The Spirit of God (G)    PMB 399/WC 807/GC 458/WS
The Voice of God (1,G)  WOR 358/CBW 433
There Is One Lord (G)  GP 453/WOR 657/WOR4 921/MI‑BB/WC 610/RS 835/GC 809/GC2 796/JS2 699/PMB 287/WS
*To Jordan Jesus Humbly Came (G)   WC 525/WOR4 457/WS
Wade in the Water (G)  LMGM 107/GC 812/GC2 793/JS2 544/MI‑BB/GP 456
Waters of Love (Ps,G)  WC 352
*When Jesus Came to Jordan (G)  WOR 697/WOR4 456/RS 878
*When Jesus Comes to Be Baptized (G)   JS2 372/CBW 350
*When John Baptized by Jordan's River (G)  WOR 412/WOR4 458/RS 538/GC2 390/JS2 373/CBW 325/WC 524/SS
Wonderful and Great (Ps)    PMB 499/WC 929
You Are the Voice (G)  RS 659/GC 549/CBW 576
You Have Anointed Me (1)  RS 795/GC 676/GC2 538/GP 555
*You Will Draw Water (PsB) GC 620/WC 351


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation


Publisher & edition  #

All Glory Be to God on High  (SATB) Cruger, Johannes/Proulx, Richard GIA  (G-4149) PS
Ascribe to the Lord  (SATB) Wetzler, Robert Concordia  (98-3109) * PS
Ascribe to the Lord the Glory  (SATB) Hillert, Richard Concordia  (98-2825) * PS
Asperges Casciolini, C. CPDL G
Baptism Carol, The  (SATB) Busarow, D. Concordia  (98-3223) * G
Baptism of Christ, The (SATB) Hallock, Peter GIA  (G-2331) G
Baptism of Jesus, The  (SATB, Organ) Hallstrom, Henry Abingdon  (APM-581) E, G
Baptism of Jesus, The  (SATB, keyboard) Lovelace, Austin C. GIA  (G-5313) G
Baptism of the Lord  (2-part mixed) Callahan, Charles Morningstar (MSM 50-2003) G
Carol of Baptism  (SAB or 2-part mixed, Organ) Brandon, George Concordia  (98-2138) * E, G
Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized (SAB, keyboard) Helman, Michael Augsburg  (800674057) G
Exaltabo te, Domine  (SSATB, Latin/English) Palestrina, G.P./Button, H. Elliott Novello  (1135) PS
Festival Anthem  (SATB, Trumpet, & Organ) Leaf, Robert Augsburg  (11-1795) * PS
Give to Jehovah from “2nd Morning Star Choir Book,” (Unison, keyboard) Schütz, Heinrich Concordia  (97-4702) PS
Give Unto the Lord, O Ye Mighty (Unison & Organ, German/English) Schütz, Heinrich/Agey, C. Buell Abingdon  (APM-135) PS
I'm Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart (SATB) Hogan, Moses Hal Leonard  (08740284) G
It Is A Good Thing to Give Thanks (SATB) Busarow, D. Concordia  (98-3126) * PS
Let Thy Holy Presence  (SATB) Tchesnokoff, T. Pro Art  (1514) G
Lone Wild Bird, The  (SATB) Haugen, Marty GIA  (G-3538) G
On Jordan's Bank (SATB, Sop. desc., Organ, Flute) Ferris, William World Library (WLP005701) G
Psalm 29  (SATB, Unison) Cartford, Gerhard M. Augsburg  (11-0672) PS
Psalm 29  (SATB) Schütz, Heinrich/Lynn, George Presser  (312.40072) PS
Psalm 29  (SSATB, keyboard) Sweelinck, J.P. Edition Musico (G-539) PS
Psalm 29  (Solo, 2-part choir, organ, opt. Brass, Hebrew/English) Weisgall, Hugo Presser  (312.40958) PS
Spirit of God, Descendeth Upon My Heart (SATB, solo) Jennings, Kenneth Augsburg  (6000098332) G
Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart (SAB, keyboard) Thoburn, Crawford R. Mark Foster/Shawnee (MF2138) G
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day  (SATB) Gardner Oxford  (40.107) G
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day  (SATB) Shaw/Parker G. Schirmer  (731) G

The White Dove

Healey E. C. Schirmer G
This Child of  Ours  (SATB, Piano, Flute) Jeffrey Concordia  (98-3730) * G
This Gift is Free Gramann E.C.Schirmer 1
To Jordan Came (SAB) Copes Selah 405-136 G
Tribus miraculis from “Ten Palestrina Motets” (SATB) Palestrina, L. Oxford G
Tribus Miraculis Marenzio CPDL G
Voice of the Lord Sounds  (SATB, Organ or Piano) Schütz, Heinrich Mercury  (MC-407) PS
When Jesus Came to Jordan (SATB, Keyboard, C-Instrument) Trapp, Lynn M. GIA  (G-5266) G

* out of print