Responsive Reading

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)


LEADER: If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 


PEOPLE: If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 


LEADER: If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.


PEOPLE: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 


LEADER: It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 


PEOPLE: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 


LEADER: It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


PEOPLE: Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 


LEADER: For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 


PEOPLE: but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 


LEADER: When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 


PEOPLE: For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.


ALL: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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