September 20, 2020: Paul’s Defense before Governor Felix

And when the governor had nodded to him to speak, Paul replied: “Knowing that for many years you have been a judge over this nation, I cheerfully make my defense. You can verify that it is not more than twelve days since I went up to worship in Jerusalem, and they did not find me disputing with anyone or stirring up a crowd, either in the temple or in the synagogues or in the city. Neither can they prove to you what they now bring up against me. But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets, having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man. Now after several years I came to bring alms to my nation and to present offerings. While I was doing this, they found me purified in the temple, without any crowd or tumult. But some Jews from Asia— they ought to be here before you and to make an accusation, should they have anything against me. Or else let these men themselves say what wrongdoing they found when I stood before the council, other than this one thing that I cried out while standing among them: ‘It is with respect to the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you this day.’”
(Acts 24:10–21)

September 20, 2020
Call to Worship: Psalm 146
Prayer of Invocation
Opening Hymn: #2 O Worship the King
Scripture Reading: Acts 24:1–9
Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
Prayer of Confession of Sin
Pastoral Prayer
Sermon Title: Paul’s Defense before Governor Felix
Acts 24:10–27
(Rev. Martin Hawley)
Closing Prayer
Closing Hymn: #571 Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper

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