Paul went on also to Derbe and to Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer; but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him; and he took him and had him circumcised because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they went from town to town, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and increased in numbers daily. They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. When they had come opposite Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them; so, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, we immediately tried to cross over to Macedonia, being convinced that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.
This weekend is Saturday the 25 and Sunday the 26 May beginning the Sixth weekend in Easter.
The Kyiv Chamber Choir sing In Thy Kingdom from One Thousand Years of Ukrainian Sacred Music.
This weekend's reading is from the Acts of the Apostles.
Over the past week we have heard 2 distinct voices, the voice of Jesus and the voice of Paul... Always loving and reassuring. Always open to God’s will and His word. Do you find this sort of openness appealing? Or perhaps a bit naive?
Paul was a great missionary and teacher. He went wherever he was sent to proclaim the word of God. Are there ways that I can take on the spirit of Paul in my life? To listen to God’s voice and let it take me wherever it is I need to go?
Would you say that you liveout your faith? In what way?
As you listen to the reading again, imagine yourself there next to Paul as he has his vision and he tells you where you are going next notice the feelings that arise in your heart.
Now as this prayer time comes to an end, are there things you want to pray to God for to help you hear his voice, and recognise his presence in your life? Ask for whatever it is you need to take God’s word into our world...