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Through the Son,
God has reconciled and won back the universe;
God made peace through Jesus’ death on the cross.

New Testament Reading - Paul and Silas in prison

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25Around midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to the Lord — and the other prisoners were listening — 26suddenly there was a great earthquake; the prison was shaken to its foundations, all the doors flew open — and the chains of every prisoner fell off! 27The jailer wakened to see the prison doors wide open, and assuming the prisoners had escaped, he drew his sword to kill himself.

28But Paul yelled to him, “Don’t do it! We are all here!”

29Trembling with fear, the jailer called for lights and ran to the dungeon and fell down before Paul and Silas. 30He brought them out and begged them, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, and your entire household.”

32Then they told him and all his household the Good News from the Lord. 33That same hour he washed their stripes, and he and all his family were baptized. 34Then he brought them up into his house and set a meal before them. How he and his household rejoiced because all were now believers!

. . . . . Acts 16:25-34

Collect

God of the new covenant,
accept our praise and thanks for Silas,
Paul’s companion,
who knew full well what awaited him;
give us the courage and enthusiasm
that suffers judicial flogging
and still sings hymns of joy.
Amen.