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Nine Days of Prayer - Friday

Word and Sacrament

On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the next day, and he prolonged his speech until midnight. • Acts 20:7

Read: Acts 20:7-12

The model of the early church was that they’d gather to hear the word preached and to break bread (Holy Communion and most likely fellowship). In this example from Acts 20, St. Paul gets a little overzealous and talks a bit longer than might be welcomed in most gatherings. However, it does act to remind us of the importance of gathering to worship God, to hear the word preached, partaking in Holy Communion, and participating in fellowship. We are reminded of the power of the Gospel in this.

1. Are there places you need God to strengthen your trust in the power of the Gospel? 2. Why is it important to gather to worship God as a body in Christ?

Memory Verse

Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you. • 1 Chronicles 29:16

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