Reading and Prayer – February 14

Romans 14:19-23

19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.

22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.[c]

Prayer

Lord God, we thank you for our church.

As it has been here for us, may it be a help to others.

Help us, with Your Spirit, to make Zion a place 

where the lonely find friendship, 

where the discouraged find joy

where the worried find comfort, 

where the confused find direction

where the doubting find faith, 

where the troubled find forgiveness

where the sick find courage and healing, 

where the grieving find hope and peace

and where all might find Jesus.

May we, as your servants and as your children,

find joy and purpose through your Word

and fulfillment as we serve others.

May our lives reflect the life of Christ, 

As we reach out to others with your Word 

and with your love.

Bless us with your Spirit, and in our worship, 

may this church be joined with the church universal 

in giving you our thanks and praise.

Amen!