Call to Worship
L: We are God’s church:
P: We come together to worship.
L: He has given us his Word:
P: We come together to learn from him.
L: He has filled us with his power:
P: We go out to bring others to him.
L: He has called us into his family:
P: We come together to share our lives.
L: He has given us his Spirit:
P: We come together to celebrate.
Scripture (Acts 2:42-3:12)
Our reading comes from the Acts of the Apostles.
42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.
44All who believed were together and had all things in common;
45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.
46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts,
47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon.
2And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple.
3When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms.
4Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.”
5And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.
6But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.”
7And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.
8Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
9All the people saw him walking and praising God,
10and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
11While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished.
12When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk?
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.