1Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.2And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.3Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty.4But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word."5And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Proch'orus, and Nica'nor, and Ti'mon, and Par'menas, and Nicola'us, a proselyte of Antioch.6These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them.7And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
1Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.2Praise the LORD with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!4For the word of the LORD is upright; and all his work is done in faithfulness.5He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.18Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love,19that he may deliver their soul from death, and keep them alive in famine.
16When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,17got into a boat, and started across the sea to Caper'na-um. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.18The sea rose because a strong wind was blowing.19When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat. They were frightened,20but he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."21Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.