Reading and Prayer – February 27

Romans 16:20-23

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Timothy, my co-worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my fellow Jews.

I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.

Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings.

Erastus, who is the city’s director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.

Prayer:

Almighty God, thank Thee for the job of this day.

May we find gladness in all its toil and difficulty,

its pleasure and success, and even in its failure and sorrow.

We would look always away from ourselves,

and behold the glory and the need of the world

that we may have the will and the strength to bring

the gift of gladness to others; that with them we stand to bear

the burden and heat of the day and offer Thee the praise of work well done.

Amen.

—Bishop Charles Lewis Slattery (1867-1930)