The Sermon: Acts 7: 51 – 60
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.
Stephen’s Bold Faith, Confession, and Martyrdom
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Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday, July 30, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)
Opening Invocational And Confessional Prayer
The Liturgy ………………………………………. Pages 219 – 221 (Hymnal) (Ends At Top Of P 221 – Pastor Speaks His Parts)
The Scripture Reading – Acts 6: 8 – 15
Stephen’s bold faith and testimony and the Sanhedrin’s Gospel hatred
The Apostles Creed (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Sermon ………………………………………… Acts 7: 51 – 60
51“You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him– 53you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.” 54When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.
STEPHEN’S BOLD FAITH, CONFESSION & MARTYRDOM
“WHO FOLLOWS IN HIS TRAIN ?”
“Create In Me” (Hymn 956)
♫ Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,
Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit.
The Lord’s Prayer (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)
Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen
Silent Prayer And Announcements