As the weak realize their strength; as the poor eat and are satisfied, Your love God abides in us. As the stranger finds a friend;
as the family offers forgiveness, Your love God abides in us. As the ends of the earth know of Christ’s grace, Your love abides in us. In Your love we come to share fellowship with You and one another. Amen.
Most Gracious God, your abundant love surround us, the extravagant grace of Jesus Christ sustain us, and the constant presence of the Holy Spirit to inspire and encourage us in every good deed and word. In acknowledging You, Father, Son, and Spirit, we lift this our prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen
New Testament - 1 John 1:1-10
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete. 5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
Lord, Because love is patient…Help me to be slow to judge, but quick to listen, hesitant to criticize, but eager to encourage,
remembering your endless patience with me. Because love is kind…Help my words to be gentle and my actions to be thoughtful. Remind me to smile and to say “Please” and “Thank You” because those little things still mean so much. Because love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs… Help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me. When I want to hold onto a grudge, gently help me release it so I can reach out with a hand of love instead. Finally, because love always perseveres…Help my heart continually beat with love for You and others. Thank you for showing us what the word love really means. Amen.
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Go now into the world, inspired by the extravagant love of God. Live generously, with open hands,
loving one another as Christ has loved you. Amen.
O Lord, You are the keeper of every moment in eternity. We come, not only to hear those words which can transform us,
but to be filled with your grace and hope. We have come, not out of habit, but to respond to your call, willing to be called away from the familiar ways of our lives. We pray for Your presence to be felt among us. Amen.
Lord Jesus, You are the one true leader of every church. We choose to stand as one church – your church –and to lift our focus from our differences and divides. We leave our own ways and follow you together; supporting each other as we seek to be your disciples. As that one body, we pray together the prayer you taught us saying: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen
New Testament - Ephesians 5:25-32
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
Lord Jesus, we ask for your help that we would act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly together before you – and each other.
For the sake of our worship of you, our love for each other, knit us together with a bright future and freedom to celebrate with joy our faith in you. We ask this in your name. Amen.
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Let us go now committed to Christ, to His Church, and to each member of it. Amen.