We devoted this Sunday to our annual Mission Sunday. Our special guest was Rev. Ted NaThalang – Director of Southeast Asia – The Lutheran Heritage Foundation. He preached a beautiful sermon based on Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch – Acts 8:26-38
“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, â€œRise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.â€ This is a desert place. 27Â And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28Â and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29And the Spirit said to Philip, â€œGo over and join this chariot.â€ 30Â So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, â€œDo you understand what you are reading?â€ 31Â And he said, â€œHow can I, unless someone guides me?â€ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32Â Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.â€
34Â And the eunuch said to Philip, â€œAbout whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?â€ 35Â Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36Â And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, â€œSee, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?â€ 38Â And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.