Reading and Prayer – March 26

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.


Our God, you have taught us in your word 

               that the fruit of your Spirit is Love.

Give us by your Spirit the realization of that love 

               in our hearts and lives; 

the love that is patient, kind, and envies no-one;

the love that is never arrogant, conceited or rude;

the love that is never selfish, nor quick to take offence;

the love that does not gloat over the sins of others 

               but delights in the truth;

the love that will last forever.

Above all else help us, O God our Father, 

               to know that Christ is love in person, 

               that love is Christ in our hearts.