I encourage you to read Acts Chapter 8 to prepare for the service this week. In this chapter, we see that as a result of persecution, the early Church was scattered out from Jerusalem and they began to share the good news of Jesus Christ in their new communities. This is one of the most important events in the history of the Church. This is when the good news of Jesus began to leave Judea and travel throughout the world.
I absolutely love this song. It is based on one of the earliest Christian statements of belief. It contains the good news that the apostles and other early Christians were sharing.
The early Church could have reacted to Stephen’s death and the resulting persecution differently. They could have denied Christ and gone back to their lives. Instead, they said blessed be the name of the Lord regardless of my circumstances. Matthew 5:11 – James 1:2
This is the translation of the song “The Potter’s Hand”. It is a prayer of submission and commitment to the will of God.
Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of Thy love. Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee. Another wonderful and classic song of surrender.
Postlude – Creed