Saturday, March 30, 2013


Acts 18; Romans 16:3; 1 Corinthians 16:19; 2 Timothy 4:19

Paul stayed with Aquila and Priscilla in Corinth. (1 Corinthians 18:2, 3) They went with him as far as Ephesus (Ephesians 18:18, 19) There are inscriptions in the catacombs with a hint that Priscilla was of a distinguished family of high standing in Rome. She is usually mentioned first. In Ephesus, a church met in their home. (1 Corinthians 16:19) Later, in Rome, a church met in their house (Romans 16:3-5) Some years later, they were again in Ephesus. (2 Timothy 4:19)

As ordinary Christians God used them as they offered their talents and gifts for the furtherance of God’s kingdom. They were keenly aware that as the Lord had redeemed and saved them they could let their light shine before men. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is noted to say the following, “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” As the Lord has saved and redeemed you, serve Him with your life, talents, abilities and gifts.

God of grace and might, we praise you for your servants Aquila and Priscilla, to whom you gave gifts to make the good news known. Raise up, we pray, in every country, evangelists and heralds of your kingdom, so that the world may know the immeasurable riches of our Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Abide with us, Lord for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. Abide with us and with Your whole Church. Abide with us in the end of the day, in the end of our life, in the end of the world. Abide with us with Your grace and goodness, with Your holy Word and Sacrament, with Your strength and blessing. Abide with us when the night of all affliction and temptation comes upon us, the night of fear and despair when death shall come. Abide with us and with all the faithful through time and eternity. 

Halley’s Bible Handbook An Abbreviated Bible Commentary Twenty-Third Edition, © 1962 Zondervan Grand Rapids, MI
Collect for Easter Saturday, Lutheran Worship, © 1980 Concordia Publishing House

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