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Reading: Acts 8: 26-38
Sunday May 7, 2017

Focus passage: An angel from the Lord spoke to Philip, “At noon, take the road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.)  So he did.  Meanwhile, an Ethiopian man was on his way home from Jerusalem, where he had come to worship.  He was a eunuch and an official responsible for the entire treasury of Candace.  Acts 8:26-27

We are in the season of spring and the readings for Sunday mornings reflect this newness, this time of new life springing forth: In the story of the women at the empty tomb, in the story of the walk to Emmaus, in the story of the budding church and Stephen and in today’s story of Philip and the Ethiopian.

They are stories of growth and of knowing and also stories of uncertainty and doubt.  In spring we see the evidence of seeds boldly breaking forth from their hardened shells under the surface of the earth, stretching and growing and becoming something that will bear fruit.

The stories help us to connect to God and find that there are universal truths that are timeless.  In this season of learning, we see how the early church sometimes cautiously and sometimes boldly followed the Spirit’s promptings to go and be the hands and feet of Christ to the world. 

This week’s story is one of journey.  How might you take its message and apply it to your daily this week?  Who might God be calling you to seek out or invite in?  Be open to the Spirit’s prompting today.


Prayer: God of the journey, who meets us on the wilderness road, help me to walk toward you today, with my thoughts, my words, and my actions.  Amen.

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