Reading and Prayer – April 18

Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:1-5

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the church of God in Corinth, together with all his holy people throughout Achaia:

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

Prayer:

Eternal and ever-blessed God, Lord of heaven and earth: 

We praise your glorious majesty. 

We see your wisdom in all your works; 

your grace and truth are revealed in Jesus Christ, your Son; 

your power and presence are given to us through your Holy Spirit; we adore your holy name, O blessed Trinity, forever and ever. 

We give you thanks, great God, for the hope we have in Jesus, 

who died but is risen and rules over all. 

We praise you for his presence with us. 

Because he lives, we look for eternal life, knowing that nothing past, 

present, or yet to come can separate us from your great love 

made known in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.