Paul and Silas heal a slave girl who is doubly oppressed (Acts 16). Firstly she is a slave and secondly she is possessed by an evil spirit that controls her. When she is healed, her owners are furious because they have lost their source of income. Paul and Silas are beaten and thrown into jail. Their response is to sing hymns and praise God. When given the chance to escape, they do not take it. Their sacrifice and attitude leads to the jailer and his whole household being saved.
Lectionary 1st Reading Psalm 2nd Reading Gospel Anglican lectionary: Acts 16:9-15 67 Rev 21:10,22-22:5 John 14:23-29 Catholic lectionary: Acts 15:1-2,22-29 – Rev 21:10-14,22-23 (both) [NOTE: The preacher may wish to have available a hat, scarf, shawl, jacket, or other piece of clothing to wear when each of the two characters shows up in the sermon]
Lectionary 1st Reading Psalm 2nd Reading Gospel Anglican lectionary: Acts 9: 36-43 AL Rev 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 Catholic lectionary: Acts 13:14,43b-52 – (both) John 10:27-30 Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. On the Fourth Sunday of Easter our Gospel reading is always drawn from Chapter Ten of John’s Gospel, where Jesus speaks of himself as the
Participation means having the chance to be a part of the society at an eye-to-eye level. It is opposite to any limitation, segregation, let alone exclusion in terms of money or culture, in terms of ethnic or religious characteristics. Participation means realising what article 1 of the German constitutions claims, i.e. that the dignity of the human being is inviolable.