Happy Fifth Sunday of Easter!
“The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that carriage and stay close to it.” Philip ran over and heard him reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. He asked him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:29, 30)
As I reflected on this encounter between Philip and the Ethiopian Official, I was reminded of how I came to faith many years ago. While studying in the US, God placed an incredible woman of faith in my path, Jeannie Tabb, to journey with me. She helped me understand more about the bible and God. She was instrumental in my making an adult decision to make God my personal Lord and Saviour.
And I wonder, as you read again this passage for yourself this week, whether you see yourself as Philip or the Ethiopian Official? Are you seeking to help others come to a living relationship with God? Or are you the one seeking a deeper understanding of who God is in your life?
Wherever you see yourself on this Philip/Ethiopian Official spectrum, the great news is that we don’t do any of this in our own strength. It is God who gives us the confidence, boldness and courage to lean into himself and share our faith with others.
Many thanks to all who contributed at our worship event on zoom: Kim and Jaynie (readers) and Malcolm (music). Thank you to everyone who came along to this afternoon’s worship event. It’s such a blessing to come together as a worshipping community.
We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!