"How Strong Are Your Convictions?"
Acts 6:8-10 (NIV)
8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.
Acts 7:54-60 (NIV)
The Stoning of Stephen
54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But 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.”
57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.
9:30 a.m. Traditional Service
Prelude: Immortal, Invisible - arr. Birchwood
Hymn: #525 - Here I Am Lord
Special Music: "He's Always Been Faithful" - arr. Fettke
Soloist: James-Grant Robertson
Offertory: Offertory on "Song 13" - arr. Broughton
Hymn: #371 - Lift High the Cross
Postlude: Praise to God! - Petersen
Thank you to Mr. Grant Robertson for the special music this morning. Grant was one of our Choral Scholars for 2016-17 and will be returning again this year. He studied music at Miami University.
10:45 a.m. Praise Service in Court St. Sanctuary
"Set A Fire"
"The Lion and the Lamb"
"I See the Lord" Praise Team
"This is Amazing Grace"