Reading and Prayer for Sunday, October 18

Romans 12:9-18

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.  Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

Colossians 3:15-16

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Holy God, you have given us many good gifts. Today we thank you for all of them. For all the times we laughed till our sides ached; for all the times we were troubled and friends we didn’t know we had, sprang up from nowhere and ministered to us; for all the times we could have chosen evil over good, but didn’t; for all the times we could have been hurt, but weren’t; for all the times we could have died suddenly and unprepared, but didn’t.O Lord, we thank you.For the sheer wonder of our creation, preservation, and redemption; for the privilege of prayer, the gift of the Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit; for the everlasting arms beneath us, the watchful eye above us, the friends around us, and the trust within us;O Lord, we thank you.For our churches, and all things good and godly they have done and been; for all their saints whom we have laid to rest; and for their children, who shall one day carry on in our stead;O Lord, we thank you.For seedtime and harvest and food enough; for every good night’s sleep and every good day’s work; for every good friend and every grand sunset; for warm memories of the past and the promise of an eternal tomorrow; for eyes to see beauty, ears to hear a bird’s songs, hands to hold someone else’s hands, and someone else’s hands to hold; O Lord, we thank you.For all persons whose love for us is unconditional, and in whose presence we can drop all pretense, be ourselves, and know that we shall be accepted; for the one who calls us long distance and the one who calls us close O Lord, we thank you. For these and for countless other blessings, And for a blessing upon those in need, we pray in this moment of silence.
Holy God, you have given us many good gifts. Today we thank you for all of them. May our lives and the way we live them, May what we keep and what we give, What we take and what we share, Be our praise and response to you, Even as we pray the words you have taught us, saying, 
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy nameThy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily breadAnd forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.