Reading and Prayer – May 17

Reading: 

1 Corinthians 1:4-10 – New Living Translation

I always thank my God for you and for the gracious gifts he has given you, now that you belong to Christ Jesus. Through him, God has enriched your church in every way—with all of your eloquent words and all of your knowledge. This confirms that what I told you about Christ is true. Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you strong to the end so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. 

Prayer:

We thank you, Father, for calling us to you.

We thank you for bringing us to faith through Jesus Christ.

We thank you for the Holy Spirit working in and through us, 

Growing our love, increasing our faith, expanding our service.

We thank you for becoming one of us through Jesus Christ,

and for experiencing the joys and sorrows of life, 

assuring us that you are able to sympathize and rejoice with us. 

We praise you for the many joys of life: 

for the beauty of creation, 

for your work in this world, 

for the growth of your kingdom, 

and for the greatest source of our happiness: 

the gift of your love, through which we know the gift of eternal life. 

We praise you for the love we share. 

We praise you for the faith we find. 

We praise you for the opportunity to serve you and others through you. 

And we praise you for helping us to keep on loving, 

believing and serving. Amen.