Reading and Prayer – March 15

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Prayer

Lenten Litany – Joyce Rupp

When loved ones experience pain and suffering 

   Remind us that your love is with us.

When illness, aging, or chronic pain diminish our joy 

   Remind us that your love is with us.

When doubts arise and confusion fills our minds 

   Remind us that your love is with us.

When others fail us or refuse to forgive us for our failings 

   Remind us that your love is with us.

When we stumble and stray from the path of goodness 

   Remind us that your love is with us.

When death separates us from those we love dearly 

   Remind us that your love is with us.

When financial problems threaten our security 

   Remind us that your love is with us.

When depression or loneliness returns again and again 

   Remind us that your love is with us.

When broken relationships seem unmendable 

   Remind us that your love is with us.

When our faith strengthens and gives us courage 

   We remember that your love is with us.

When the precious gift of life is recognized and appreciated 

   We remember that your love is with us.

When unexpected kindness and caring comes our way 

   We remember that your love is with us.

When optimism stirs in our hearts and springtime returns 

   We remember that your love is with us.

When the peace of Christ calms our anxiety and softens our sadness

   We remember that your love is with us.

When we realize that our loving presence can make a difference

   We remember that your love is with us.

When together we walk the path of the cross, 

   We remember that your love is with us.

When the joy of Easter permeates our hearts 

   We remember that your love is with us. Amen.