Unlikely Heroes: Philip and the Ethiopian

Unlikely Heroes: Philip and the Ethiopian

July 12 2020

Notturno (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Jessica Mingee

Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Song of Praise
All My Fountains (CCLI 5925670)

Transition to Prayer
Cheryl Esbrook

Hymn of Prayer
Surely The Presence Of The Lord (CCLI 7909)
UMH 328 –2x
Rev Rusty King

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer
Rev Jessica Wright

Children’s Time
April Kwan and Trish Morehead
Will and Hannah Horton

Gratitude Moment
Rev Jessica Wright

Song of Gratitude
Every Move I Make (CCLI 1595726)
Rev Rusty King

Introduction to Message: Our Contemporary Hero
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch
Chelsea Robertson

Scripture Reading
Acts 8:26-40 NRSV
James Wright

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. 36 As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” 38 He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. 

Unlikely Heroes: For Such a Time as This:
Philip and the Ethiopian
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Thrive (CCLI 7006228)

Invitation & Blessing
Rev Mary Beth Hardesty-Crouch

Amen Rutter (No CCLI)
UMH 902
Chancel Choir

Because He Lives (Gaither)***
MJ Wright

*Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov ©2012 by Jean-Francois Taillard a free score from www.free-music-scores.com

**John Rutter ©1981 adapted by the composer from the anthem The Lord Bless You and Keep You

***Words and Music by Bill and Gloria Gaither arr. John Purifoy ©1983 Hanna Street Music; 2015 Hanna Street Music