Prayer Reflection: 1 Corinthians 1

Here’s a reflection and prayer litany on 1 Corinthians 1 from Katherine Hawker’s Liturgies Outside website.


The Apostle Paul writes to the people of the church,
appealing that all should be in agreement:
Judge not, and you will not be judged;
condemn not, and you will not be condemned;
forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Admonishing that there should be no divisions:
Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who abuse you.

Advising that all should be united
in the same mind and the same purpose:
As you wish that people would do to you,
do so to them.


Called to be of one mind
We have a wide array of ideas.
Called to be united
We are more comfortable with our own kind.
Called to be in agreement
Still we cherish our right to dissent.

Creating God, remind us again
That our diversity of body, mind and spirit
is a pale reflection of your expansive spirit.
Enable us to embrace our diversity,
Not to divide
but rather to draw us closer to you
and to one  another. Amen.

~ written by Katherine Hawker. Posted on Liturgies Outside.