Reading and Prayer – April 9

Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20

But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Prayer:

Risen Christ, when darkness overwhelms us

may your dawn beckon.

When fear paralyses us 

may your touch release us.

When grief torments us 

may your peace enfold us.

When memories haunt us 

may your presence heal us.

When justice fails us 

may your anger ignite us.

When apathy stagnates us 

may your challenge renew us.

When courage leaves us 

may your spirit inspire us.

When despair grips us 

may your hope restore us. 

And when death threatens us 

may your resurrection light lead us.

Amen.