Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Sunday august 29 2021
Acts: The Adventure Begins
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop
ACTS 8:26-35 NRSV
Rev Jessica Wright, preaching
scripture

26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” 30 So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. 32 Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter, and like a lamb silent before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.”
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip began to speak, and
starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus.
ACTS 8:26-35 NRSV

Call to worship

The Spirit that roars in like a violent wind
Is the same Spirit that renews and creates.
The Spirit that burnishes with fire
Is the same Spirit that opens hearts and minds.
The Spirit that brings a language of its own to our lips
Is the same Spirit that tears down walls between people

We say “Come, Holy Spirit,” but we are afraid.
We are afraid, but we say, “Come, Holy Spirit.”
Include us in God’s work.
Come, Holy Spirit.
Increase our understanding.
Come, Holy Spirit.
Spur us to faithful action.
Come, Holy Spirit.