Reading and Prayer – May 25


James 2:14-18

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.


Lord God, we confess our sometime faith, our misdirected hope, our grudging charity.

Distracted by our world, we seldom exercise our faith, unpacking it only for Sunday mornings.

Distracted by our possessions, we place our hope in transient and material things.

Distracted by ourselves, our charity begins at home, and ends shortly thereafter.

Distracted by demands upon our time and resources, we place service to you last in a long list of other responsibilities.

Forgive us our distractions, our misguided priorities, our sins, we pray.  

Through the grace of forgiveness, renew in us the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Increase our faith, strengthen our hope, enlarge our charity; and make us ever ready to serve you, both in body and in Spirit, in our church and in our world.  Amen.