Good evening, here is the audio record of today’s baptismal service, with testimonies of faith from Andrew and Rebecca and from Bryan, and today’s message from Matt, looking at Luke 3.
Before that are two worship videos, Jesus the Nazarene by Robin Mark, and Yet Not I by Cityalight.
Baptismal testimonies from Andrew, Rebecca and Bryan:
Expectation and Wonder, Matt Petley, 24 April 2022:
Luke 3: The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Welcome to the recording of today’s message, brought to us by Nathan. It’s a look at one of those wonderful occasional characters Simeon, the man who blessed and prophesied over baby Jesus in the Temple in Luke 2.
Before that are two worship videos, the first from Selah, Wonderful Merciful Saviour, and the second from Casting Crowns, Make Room, which also features at the end of Nathan’s message.
Here is the message: Simeon, Nathan Tremeer, 9th January 2022:
Luke 2: 21-35 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
Here is the message from Sunday 22 July:
The river Welland in Stamford
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.