Reading and Prayer – Sunday, March 21

Romans 8:35-39 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayer:

Father, you are the light of the world. No darkness can ever overcome you.

Jesus, you are our salvation. Nothing can ever take that away.

Holy Spirit, you are our stronghold, our refuge. There is nothing we need to fear.

And so, our God, this only do we ask:

               That we would know your presence within and without. 

               Assure us that you are with us, beside us, surrounding us with your love.

Wherever we worship today, wherever we pray, 

in homes and apartments and hospitals and care facilities near and far, 

May it be for us your house, your Temple, your sacred place.

For we are gathered in your name, in praise and worship of you, 

and you are present with us, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

In these moments we set aside today, we wait for you, Lord.

Help us to be strong, and to take heart, as we wait upon your love.

Amen.