Call to Worship
L: We are strangers and foreigners upon this earth, seeking a homeland.
P: We are sailors and mariners upon the sea, seeking a distant shore.
L: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.
P: God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved.
L: For indeed we desire a better country, a heavenly one.
P: We look forward to the city prepared for us, whose architect and builder is God!
Scripture (Acts 27:1-2, 14, 20-24, 33-37)
Our reading comes from the Acts of the Apostles. We will read this together, meditating upon the words and images. Let us together speak, listen, and ponder God’s word.
1When it was decided that we were to sail for Italy, they transferred Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort, named Julius.
2Embarking on a ship of Adramyttium that was about to set sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica.
14But soon a violent wind, called the northeaster, rushed down from Crete.
20When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
21Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss.
22I urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.
23For last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship,
24and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and indeed, God has granted safety to all those who are sailing with you.’
33Just before daybreak, Paul urged all of them to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have been in suspense and remaining without food, having eaten nothing.
34Therefore I urge you to take some food, for it will help you survive; for none of you will lose a hair from your heads.”
35After he had said this, he took bread; and giving thanks to God in the presence of all, he broke it and began to eat.
36Then all of them were encouraged and took food for themselves. 37(We were in all two hundred seventy-six persons in the ship.)
Here ends our reading. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: Voyager Sound & Bearings #3 “Creating Camaraderie Among & Beyond the Crew” (Acts 27:1-2, 14, 20-24, 33-37) Sunday, September 23, 2018
Voyager Sound & Bearings #3
“Creating Camaraderie Among and Beyond the Crew”
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