belong to Christ
Leader: Where can
we find God’s temple?
People: It is here, among us.
Leader: How do we enter God’s temple?
People: We already are God’s temple, by no work of our own!
Leader: By whose work are we God’s temple?
People: By the work of Christ, who built us up and set us apart as a
Spirit-infused people, a holy dwelling, a company of fools!
Holy One, we bring our bodies before you as part of Christ’s body.
We confess that we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
Forgive us for the times we have forgotten that you you formed us
in your image.
Here we are—your clay creatures, broken and beautiful.
We return to your sweet embrace.
Heavenly Father, your words challenge us today:
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” in a
world that teaches us to hate our enemies, to speak ill of those
who disagree with us, to give the silent treatment to those who
We want to live according to your love and perfection, but sometimes
it’s so hard!
Teach us to love. Teach us to pray for our enemies.
We offer up our prayers now on their behalf.
Thank you, God, for your generosity to the just and the unjust.
May we soak up the rays of your love, and the rain of your blessing
over all. Amen.
—Katerina Friesen, Elkhart, Indiana
Bible readings for today: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Psalm 119:33-40;
1 Corinthians 3:10- 11, 16-23; Matthew 5:38-48.
Bible readings for next Sunday: Isaiah 49:8-16a; Psalm 131; 1
Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34; or Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2 or Psalm
99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9.
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