To Live in Love

Prayer Book Bible Reading Book Of Common Prayer

O Lord,
you have taught us
all our deeds without love
are worth nothing.
Send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the very bond of peace and of all virtues,
that we may always live in love before you;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Book of Common Prayer, 1549

Source of this version: Modified from The Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church,  United Lutheran Church in America © 1918, #16

Also found here:  Prayers Ancient and Modern by Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston, Little Brown, 1914, p. 321 #2

“That we may always live in love before you” in the original is “without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee”

“all our deeds without love are worth nothing” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 13:2-3

“Most excellent gift of love” is  a reference to 1 Corinthians 12:31

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Lutheran pastor and musician serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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