Grace

A responsive reading including:
John 1:17, Romans 5:8, Romans 5:20, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7, and Titus 2:11-12

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more….

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–

not by works, so that no one can boast.

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,

whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior

so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

Joy

A responsive reading including:
Psalms 4:7, 5:11, 9:2, 15:8-9, 19:18, 28:7, 30:11-2, 32:11, 35:9, 40:16, 42:4, 51:12, 63:5, 85:6, 100:1-2, 104:34, 119:14, 119:111

You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation.

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, “The Lord be exalted!”

These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
among the festive throng.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.

I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.

Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.

Love One Another

A responsive reading including:
John 13:34-35
Ephesians 4:31 – 5:2
1 John 3:14 – 18
1 John 4:7

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you,
you should love each other.

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.

If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead.

Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart.

And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.

If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.