Tuesday of The 3rd Week of Easter, 28 April 2020 – John 6:30-35, Acts 7:51-8:1, Psalm 31 ~ “I am the bread of life.”

Tuesday of The 3rd Week of Easter, 28 April 2020

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

Almighty God, you gave your only Son to be for us both a sacrifice for sin and an example of godly living: Give us grace to thankfully receive his inestimable benefits, and to daily follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“I am the bread of life.
Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.”

A Reading from the Gospels: John 6:30-35 (NLT)

They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

“Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

A Reading from the Book of Acts: Acts 7:51-8:1 (NLT)

The Stoning of Stephen

“You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of the Righteous One—the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. You deliberately disobeyed God’s law, even though you received it from the hands of angels.”

The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And he told them, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”

Then they put their hands over their ears and began shouting. They rushed at him and dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. His accusers took off their coats and laid them at the feet of a young man named Saul.

As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.

Saul was one of the witnesses, and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen.

Persecution Scatters the Believers

A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria.
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Psalm 31 (You Are My Strength) – My Soul Among Lions

1  In You, Lord, I’ve taken refuge
Let me never be ashamed
In Your righteousness deliver
Hear as I beseech Your name

Be to me a rock of shelter
Where to run and safely hide
When the wicked’s nets entangle
Pull me out and be my guide

 

2  In You, Lord, I’ve taken refuge
Why must life be spent in tears?
Bones are weak and body’s wasted
Through the groans of bitter years

I’m a joke to them who hate You
I’m the horror of my friends
Some have even schemed and whispered
How to bring about my end

But, You are my strength
I trust to You my very soul
You are my strength
My life is under Your control

Save me, O God
In Your mercy be near
Save me, O God
For it’s You that I fear

Save me, O God
Who will ever be true
I put my trust in You

3  In You, Lord, I’ve taken refuge
For the sake of Your own name
Shine the light of favor on me
But the wicked put to shame

I hate all their filthy idols
And their tongues parading lies
Let them make their beds in sorrow
As for me, though, hear my cries

You are my strength
I trust to You my very soul
You are my strength
My life is under Your control

Save me, O God
In Your mercy be near
Save me, O God
For it’s You that I fear

Save me, O God
Who will ever be true
I put my trust in You
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Closing: Matthew 4:4

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.



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