Reading and Prayer – May 30

Reading:

Ephesians 2:12-22 (New International Version)

Remember that at one time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 

 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.  He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.  For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 

 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Prayer:

As we come to you in prayer, help us to praise you, O God, for all your goodness, love and kindness, and all the blessings of this life.

As we come to you in prayer, help us to trust you, O God, in every circumstance of life, with hearts that are courageous and strong.

As we come to you in prayer, help us to serve you, O God, with love and faithfulness, with all our powers of body, mind and spirit.

As we come to you in prayer, as have so many for so long,  help us to glorify you, O God, in all our thoughts and words and actions, from the beginning to the end of this time of prayer, and from the beginning to the end of our days. Amen.