Members of Frodsham Methodist Church were asked about their favourite readings and prayers.
Caryn wrote ...
My favourite Bible reading is 1 Corinthians Chapter 13.
My father- in- law read this at our wedding. We have recently celebrated (at thw time of writing) our 25th Silver Anniversary and this definition of Love, I believe, is the foundation of a strong relationship.
I may be able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains — but if I have no love, I am nothing.
I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burnt— but if I have no love, this does me no good.
Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.
Love is eternal. There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues, but they will cease; there is knowledge, but it will pass. For our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only partial; but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.
When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I have grown up, I have no more use for childish ways. What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete — as complete as God's knowledge of me.
Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love.
I have so many favourites hymns but have cheekily picked two!
Shine Jesus Shine for times of Celebration:
and Be still for the Presence of the Lord in quiet times of prayer:
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.