Faces of Our Faith: Eutychus

Acts 20:7-12

On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight. There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were meeting. A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead. But Paul went down, and bending over him took him in his arms, and said, ‘Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.’ Then Paul went upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he continued to converse with them until dawn; then he left.Meanwhile they had taken the boy away alive and were not a little comforted.

For Reflection:

Imagine you are in the room, listening to Paul preach. Howdo you react to the events that unfold? What are you feeling as you witness Eutychus fall?

Imagine you are Eutychus. How do you experience the events that unfold? How do these events color your relationship with the Church?

What are some reasons people fall away from the Church? What actions or inactions by Christians can drive people away from church?

Before God, name someone who is falling way from the Church, from community, or from a place of belonging. Commit to praying for that person and look forways to encourage them or bring them back to the table.