So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.
by: Dale Rood.
This event occurred just after the Macedonian call that Paul and his companions received. This was their first stop after arriving in Macedonia. What did they do? On Sabbath, they found some Sabbath worshippers meeting down by the riverside and joined them. In those days, ten, adult, Jewish men that were required to form a synagogue. That it was women down by the riverside indicates there were likely not enough men to form a synagogue. But this did not stop them from worshipping on the Sabbath. This Sabbath was made more special by the fact that they heard the Good News about Jesus and responded in belief.