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Although the Lord is gone from our sight, He continues carrying out His kingdom-work in our midst.

BibleGateway: Acts 1:12-26

ESV Text: Acts 1:12-26

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:43 and ends at about 4:1

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     12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey. 13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. 14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

     15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. 17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. 18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. 20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishopric let another take. 21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. 23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, 25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. 26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.(KJV)

Hymn: WS 796:
The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Is Ended

1. The day You gave us, Lord, is ended; 
The darkness falls at Your request  
To You our morning hymns ascended; 
Your praise shall sanctify our rest. 

2. We thank You that Your Church, unsleeping 
While earth rolls onward into light, 
Through all the world her watch is keeping 
And never rests day or night. 

3. As over continent and island  
Each dawn leads to another day, 
The voice of prayer is never silent, 
Nor do the praises die away. 

4. So be it, Lord; Your throne shall never, 
Like earth’s proud kingdoms, pass away. 
Your kingdom stands and grows forever 
Until there dawns Your glorious day.