God of heaven, who stoops down to speak to your creation, give us reminders of your pleasure at our obedience to your will, that we would be buoyed by your encouragement and confident in your love and so able to continue on the way and continue working to complete your ministry of love in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns with you in the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.
'In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."' - Mark 1:9-11