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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Pentecost Sunday

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Chapter 2:1-11)   If you wonder why there were so many people from so many countries in Jerusalem on the occasion described in this passage, it was because Pentecost was first a Jewish feast and a time when pilgrims from all over the near world ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Seventh Sunday of Easter

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Chapter 7:55-60)   Here we have two stories, one an end and one a beginning. Stephen, “filled with the Holy Spirit,” a deacon, was a powerful preacher and witness to the Gospel and who infuriated the religious leaders, who stoned him to death. Following in ...
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A Prayer on the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Faithful God, you have given us yourself in word and in sacrament so that we may see you with eyes of faith. As I live out my days help me to be an authentic reflection of your presence within us. Thank you for choosing to dwell within and among us. Grant me the courage and passion to be a bearer ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Sixth Sunday of Easter

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Chapter 15:1-2, 22-29)   One of the first great controversies in the early Church was about whether Gentiles needed to be circumcised. This issue arose in Antioch because, as Luke writes, “Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, ‘Unless you are ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Fifth Sunday of Easter

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Chapter 14:21-27)   Another name for this book could be “The Travels of the Apostle Paul,” because even though other apostles are mentioned in the book, it is mostly about the heroic and enormously important 30-year journey of this amazing man. Paul was a driven ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: Third Sunday of Easter

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Chapter 5:27-32, 40B-41)   Many commentators on the scriptures call the Acts of the Apostles the Acts of the Spirit and for good reason. The power and presence of the Holy Spirit in the early Church is chronicled throughout this book. The author wants it ...
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