Scripture and Prayer- May 2nd
Matthew 16:18 Jesus said to Simon Peter ,”I tell you also that you are the stone, and upon this stone I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not shut upon it. “
A reading from Paul’s letter to the disciples at Ephesus , Chapter 2:21-22: And through (Christ) the whole building is fashioned and grows into a holy temple through the help of the Lord; You also are created by him for a habitation of God through the Spirit.”
The word of the Lord as spoken to the prophet Haggai , to encourage the Israelites after they had returned to the Holy Land after their exile: Chapter 2:9: “The glory of this present house shall be greater than the former,” says the Lord Almighty; and in this place will I give peace, " declares the Lord Almighty.
We are your church, built on the cornerstone which is Christ and His resurrection.
May we embrace all believers as members of Your church so that we may unite in the one body of Christ to glorify you, our heavenly Father, through our words and actions.
Help us to recognize and respect the functions of each member of our Church, for all are necessary and integral to the whole of the body of Christ. May we have the same regard for each other, such that if one of us suffers, we suffer with them. (Romans 12:4, I Corinthians 12 :12-18)
Give us the discipline therefore, to treat our own bodies as temples, guarding against immorality, uncleanness, and envy, no longer using ignorance as an excuse , because we have been enlightened by the teachings of our Savior and should live as children of light. (Ephesians 5:3-8)
In the name of our Savior Jesus Christ we pray,
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