First Scripture Reading: Acts 20:17-35

Paul Speaks to the Ephesian Elders: Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and
called the elders of the church to come to him. And when they came to him, he said
to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the
first day that I set foot in Asia, serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and
with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; how I did not shrink
from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and
from house to house, testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward
God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. And now, behold, I am going to
Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there,
except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and
afflictions await me. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to
myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the
Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know
that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see
my face again. Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of
all, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Pay careful
attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you
overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. I
know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the
flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to
draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three
years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I
commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up
and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no
one’s silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to
my necessities and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that
by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the
Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

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