Week two of our ‘new gentiles in faith’ series from the book of Acts.
Readings and Scriptures from the service below the video.
Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city,
and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave,
and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island,
and the meadow where mention of God hath been made,
and His praise glorified.
25 So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
26 But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) 27 So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this chariot.”30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: “He was led as a sheep to slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He does not open His mouth.
33 “In humiliation His judgment was taken away;
Who will relate His generation?
For His life is removed from the earth.”
34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.
Awe-inspiring God, we gather together to praise you
for your tender compassion and care of needy people.
Come, all who seek the Lord God, offer your prayers.
Listening God, we gather to revere and honour your
supportive concern for people who cry to you for help.
Come, all who seek the Lord God, offer your praise.
People of every nation are called to gather together to
worship God, in thankfulness for God’s loving mercies.
Come, all who seek the Lord God, offer your worship. Amen.
© 2012 Joan Stott – “The Timeless Psalms” RCL Psalm Year B, used with permission.