Romans 8:35-39

Leader: 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 

ALL: 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 

Leader: 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. 

ALL: Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—

Leader: not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

ALL: 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below, nothing in all creation will ever separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:1–28

Leader: 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 

ALL: 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 

Leader: 12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.  

ALL: 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 

Leader: 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 

26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 

ALL: 27 All of us together are Christ’s body. Each of us are a part of Christ’s Church!

1 Peter 2:4–5, 9

4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 9 You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

From Philippians 2:5–11

Leader: 5 In your relationships with one another, 

have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 

ALL: 6 Who, being in very nature God, 

did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 

Leader: 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, 

ALL: he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross! 

Leader: 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place 

and gave him the name that is above every name, 

ALL: 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, 

11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord!

1 Peter 1:3-4,6a

ALL: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 

Leader: In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 

ALL: 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. 

Leader: This inheritance is kept in heaven for you… 6a In all this you greatly rejoice!