Sunday August 22 2021
ACTS: The Adventure Begins
An Impressive Healing
ACts 3:1-10 NRSV
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch
1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. 4 Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 All the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Call to Worship
Come, beloved of God—lift up your offering of praise!
We gather in the presence of mystery, grace known and unknown,
promises fulfilled and still awaited.
We have received beyond measure, building our hope on a foundation of love.
The Spirit of God fills this place,
revealing the Way: to love as we have been loved.
In God we live and move and have our being,
and so we come to worship, one by one,
To be remade as the Body of Christ, together and whole.
Come, Body of Christ—hear what God has done
And see what God will do!