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Epistle Reflection

Let us give thanks,
and worship God with reverence and awe,
for our God is a consuming fire.

New Testament Reading - The Arrest of Stephen

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8Stephen, the man so full of faith and the Holy Spirit’s power,a did spectacular miracles among the people.

9But one day some of the men from the Jewish cult of “The Freedmen” started an argument with him, and they were soon joined by Jews from Cyrene, Alexandria in Egypt, and the Turkish provinces of Cilicia, and Asia Minor. 10But none of them was able to stand against Stephen’s wisdom and spirit.

11So they brought in some men to lie about him, claiming they had heard Stephen curse Moses, and even God.

12This accusation roused the crowds to fury against Stephen, and the Jewish leadersb arrested him and brought him before the Council. 13The lying witnesses testified again that Stephen was constantly speaking against the Temple and against the laws of Moses.

14They declared, “We have heard him say that this fellow Jesus of Nazareth will destroy the Temple and throw out all of Moses’ laws.” 15At this point everyone in the Council chamber saw Stephen’s face become as radiant as an angel’s!

. . . . . Acts 6:8-15
  1. Literally, “full of grace and truth”; see v. 5.
  2. Literally, “the elders and the scribes.”

Intercession

Pray for 3 people on your heart ending with the prayer below.

To you, O Lord, we lift our eyes;
to you, enthroned in the heavens.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Let our cry come before you, O Lord;
grant us understanding, according to your word.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Let your merciful goodness come to us, O Lord;
and your salvation, according to your promise.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Satisfy those who thirst,
and fill the hungry with good things.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Your kingship has dominion over all,
and with you is our redemption.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Amen.