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Acts 16: 11-15

The Conversion of Lydia

11 We set sail from Troas and took a straight course to Samothrace, the following day to Neapolis, 12and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district* of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city for some days. 13On the sabbath day we went outside the gate by the river, where we supposed there was a place of prayer; and we sat down and spoke to the women who had gathered there. 14A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. 15When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.’ And she prevailed upon us.

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John 15: 26 - 16: 4

26 ‘When the Advocate* comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

16‘I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. 2They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. 3And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. 4But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.

The Work of the Spirit

‘I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.

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Psalm 149

1  Alleluia.
      O sing to the Lord a new song; 
   sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.
2  Let Israel rejoice in their maker; 
   let the children of Zion be joyful in their king.
3  Let them praise his name in the dance; 
   let them sing praise to him with timbrel and lyre.
4  For the Lord has pleasure in his people 
   and adorns the poor with salvation.
5  Let the faithful be joyful in glory; 
   let them rejoice in their ranks,
6  With the praises of God in their mouths 
   and a two-edged sword in their hands;
7  To execute vengeance on the nations 
   and punishment on the peoples;
8  To bind their kings in chains 
   and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9  To execute on them the judgement decreed: 
   such honour have all his faithful servants.
      Alleluia.

Psalm 1

1  Blessed are they who have not walked
      in the counsel of the wicked, 
   nor lingered in the way of sinners,
      nor sat in the assembly of the scornful.
2  Their delight is in the law of the Lord 
   and they meditate on his law day and night.
3  Like a tree planted by streams of water
      bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither, 
   whatever they do, it shall prosper.
4  As for the wicked, it is not so with them; 
   they are like chaff which the wind blows away.
5  Therefore the wicked shall not be able to stand in the judgement, 
   nor the sinner in the congregation of the righteous.
6  For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, 
   but the way of the wicked shall perish.

Psalm 2

1  Why are the nations in tumult, 
   and why do the peoples devise a vain plot?
2  The kings of the earth rise up,
      and the rulers take counsel together, 
   against the Lord and against his anointed:
3  ‘Let us break their bonds asunder 
   and cast away their cords from us.’
4  He who dwells in heaven shall laugh them to scorn; 
   the Lord shall have them in derision.
5  Then shall he speak to them in his wrath 
   and terrify them in his fury:
6  ‘Yet have I set my king 
   upon my holy hill of Zion.’
7  I will proclaim the decree of the Lord; 
   he said to me: ‘You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
8  ‘Ask of me and I will give you the nations for your inheritance 
   and the ends of the earth for your possession.
9  ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron 
   and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’
10  Now therefore be wise, O kings; 
   be prudent, you judges of the earth.
11  Serve the Lord with fear, and with trembling kiss his feet, 
   lest he be angry and you perish from the way,
      for his wrath is quickly kindled.
12  Happy are all they 
   who take refuge in him.

Psalm 3

1  Lord, how many are my adversaries; 
   many are they who rise up against me.
2  Many are they who say to my soul, 
   ‘There is no help for you in your God.’
3  But you, Lord, are a shield about me; 
   you are my glory, and the lifter up of my head.
4  When I cry aloud to the Lord, 
   he will answer me from his holy hill;
5  I lie down and sleep and rise again, 
   because the Lord sustains me.
6  I will not be afraid of hordes of the peoples 
   that have set themselves against me all around.
7  Rise up, O Lord, and deliver me, O my God, 
   for you strike all my enemies on the cheek
      and break the teeth of the wicked.
8  Salvation belongs to the Lord: 
   may your blessing be upon your people.

Psalm 4

1  Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness; 
   you set me at liberty when I was in trouble;
      have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2  How long will you nobles dishonour my glory; 
   how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?
3  But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness; 
   when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
4  Stand in awe, and sin not; 
   commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.
5  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness 
   and put your trust in the Lord.
6  There are many that say, ‘Who will show us any good?’ 
   Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.
7  You have put gladness in my heart, 
   more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.
8  In peace I will lie down and sleep, 
   for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 5

1  Give ear to my words, O Lord; 
   consider my lamentation.
2  Hearken to the voice of my crying, my King and my God, 
   for to you I make my prayer.
3  In the morning, Lord, you will hear my voice; 
   early in the morning I make my appeal to you, and look up.
4  For you are the God who takes no pleasure in wickedness; 
   no evil can dwell with you.
5  The boastful cannot stand in your sight; 
   you hate all those that work wickedness.
6  You destroy those who speak lies; 
   the bloodthirsty and deceitful the Lord will abhor.
7  But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy,
      I will come into your house; 
   I will bow down towards your holy temple in awe of you.
8  Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness,
      because of my enemies; 
   make your way straight before my face.
9  For there is no truth in their mouth,
      in their heart is destruction, 
   their throat is an open sepulchre,
      and they flatter with their tongue.
10  Punish them, O God; 
   let them fall through their own devices.
11  Because of their many transgressions cast them out, 
   for they have rebelled against you.
12  But let all who take refuge in you be glad; 
   let them sing out their joy for ever.
13  You will shelter them, 
   so that those who love your name may exult in you.
14  For you, O Lord, will bless the righteous; 
   and with your favour you will defend them as with a shield.

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