Reading and Prayer – April 27

Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:11-15

Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.

Prayer:

God of life, whose love enfolds us, and spirit fills us, 

We lift our voices to you; we praise your holy name. 

God of joy, whose sunrise wakes us, and sunset amazes us, 

We lift our voices to you; we praise your holy name. 

God of hope, whose promise sustains us, and power upholds us, 

We lift our voices to you; we praise your holy name. 

God of love, whose patience humbles us, and touch can heal us, 

We lift our voices to you; we praise your holy name. 

God of peace, who breaks down barriers, and walls that divide us, 

We lift our voices to you; we praise your holy name. 

God of forgiveness, whose sacrifice calls us to forgive one another, 

We lift our voices to you; we praise your holy name. 

God of eternity, who has always loved us, 

and by grace has saved us, 

We lift our voices to you; we praise your holy name. Amen.