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If one can step back from the Book of Acts and see it more as a whole story, it is an engaging story of the apostles and disciples directed by God, forming the basis of the religion of Jesus Christ, our church (in the biggest and most universal sense of the word). Slowly, following Jesus becomes less strictly Jewish and more and more universal.
This story is also our story. In this part of Acts, which focuses on Paul, we read that 5b….. There we knelt down on the beach and prayed 6and said farewell to one another.
To kneel in prayer was an early custom in the new religion of Jesus Christ. Do you kneel to pray? Does your church kneel in prayer?
Pray for peace
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We are praying as a church, and attempting to follow the centuries’ old tradition of praying with other Christians three times a day. We are following the prayer liturgy at www.commonprayer.net
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Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble
3and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.
23Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the mighty waters;
24they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep.
25For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their calamity;
27they reeled and staggered like drunkards, and were at their wits’ end.
28Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out from their distress;
29he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.
31Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.
32Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
21“They listened to me, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel. 22After I spoke they did not speak again, and my word dropped upon them like dew. 23They waited for me as for the rain; they opened their mouths as for the spring rain. 24I smiled on them when they had no confidence; and the light of my countenance they did not extinguish. 25I chose their way, and sat as chief, and I lived like a king among his troops, like one who comforts mourners.
30“But now they make sport of me, those who are younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock. 2What could I gain from the strength of their hands? All their vigor is gone. 3Through want and hard hunger they gnaw the dry and desolate ground, 4they pick mallow and the leaves of bushes, and to warm themselves the roots of broom. 5They are driven out from society; people shout after them as after a thief. 6In the gullies of wadis they must live, in holes in the ground, and in the rocks. 7Among the bushes they bray; under the nettles they huddle together. 8A senseless, disreputable brood, they have been whipped out of the land. 9“And now they mock me in song; I am a byword to them. 10They abhor me, they keep aloof from me; they do not hesitate to spit at the sight of me. 11Because God has loosed my bowstring and humbled me, they have cast off restraint in my presence. 12On my right hand the rabble rise up; they send me sprawling, and build roads for my ruin. 13They break up my path, they promote my calamity; no one restrains them. 14As through a wide breach they come; amid the crash they roll on.
15Terrors are turned upon me; my honor is pursued as by the wind, and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.
21When we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. 2When we found a ship bound for Phoenicia, we went on board and set sail. 3We came in sight of Cyprus; and leaving it on our left, we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, because the ship was to unload its cargo there. 4We looked up the disciples and stayed there for seven days. Through the Spirit they told Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 5When our days there were ended, we left and proceeded on our journey; and all of them, with wives and children, escorted us outside the city. There we knelt down on the beach and prayed 6and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home. 7When we had finished the voyage fromTyre, we arrived at Ptolemais; and we greeted the believers and stayed with them for one day.
8The next day we left and came to Caesarea; and we went into the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the seven, and stayed with him. 9He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy. 10While we were staying there for several days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11He came to us and took Paul’s belt, bound his own feet and hands with it, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” 12When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14Since he would not be persuaded, we remained silent except to say, “The Lord’s will be done.”
15After these days we got ready and started to go up to Jerusalem. 16Some of the disciples fromCaesarea also came along and brought us to the house of Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to stay.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.