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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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“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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A Prayer on the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Lord our God, it is your love that sustains us, binds us to one another, and calls us out into the world. Stretch us to move beyond our own limitations, so that in all our actions your love will be present to bring about forgiveness, healing, and justice. With grateful hearts, we thank you for your amazing love. In Jesus’ name we ...
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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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A Prayer on the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Loving Father, with a grateful heart, I acknowledge the gift of your Son, our Shepherd. Help me learn to recognize his voice when it is spoken to me every day, but especially when I am vulnerable and need protection and strength. Give me the heart of a Good Shepherd, that I, too, will care for those ...
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“Hear the Word!” by Bill Ayres: The Fourth Sunday of Easter

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Chapter 13:14, 43-52)   What we read in the Acts of the Apostles implies that Paul and Barnabas were inspired speakers who had a powerful effect on their listeners. They started out preaching mainly to Jewish people and converts to Judaism, but at this point ...
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