Philip and the Ethiopian

number 8 in our series of prayers.

Come Holy Spirit meet us at our crossroads.

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Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” Now there was an Ethiopian come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home, seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. The the Spirit said to Philip “Go over to this chariot and join it” So Philip ran up to it and asked; ” Do you understand what zou are reading?” He answered; “How can I, unless someone guides me?”  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. In his humiliation justice was denied him.’

The Eunuch asked Philip; “About whom, may i ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?”  Starting with this scripture Philip proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. 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?” Philip and the Eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

Acts 8, 26-38 abridged.

Listen for a word with a willing heart

respond with prayer and action

Traveller God, you are also on the dusty road. Sometimes we find ourselves alongside those with questions, the excluded and sad, those seeking new life. Sometimes we ourselves are those people. Teach us not to delay a moment longer but to offer and receive the water of life and with it, new perspectives on the journey in the company of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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