Feb 23, 2013

Prayers of the People: Easter Sunday

Here’s a congregation prayer for Easter Sunday worship.  It was written by Carol Penner.


Easter Congregational Prayer


God of the bright and morning star,
God of the rising sun,
God of darkness banished,
we praise and worship you!
For empty tombs:  thank you!
For disciples running with good news:  thank you!
For your presence, alive, powerful, resurrected:  thank you!
We celebrate your victory over death,
over all the powers that would defeat us.

Help us to grasp resurrection;
to understand its power,
to see its force at work in our world,
overturning evil empires,
changing the hatred within us,
moving the world slowly, forcefully,
bending us towards love and truth.

On this day of great gladness
empower us to be your ambassadors,
proclaiming good news.
Good news in our kitchens and living rooms,
good news in the offices and workshops
good news in the fields and factories
Help us to be that good news,
walking softly on this good earth
caring gently for all people,
living hopefully into your kingdom.

Today we think of all who are grieving, especially…
[name those who are grieving]
and for the sick and dying….
[name those who are ill]
for places in the world that are torn by war and bloodshed…
[name countries at war]

In this world of broken hopes and dreams
we catch sight of your kingdom come,
in the person of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns in us forever.  Amen.

~ written by Carole Penner, and posted on her Leading in Worship blog. http://carolpenner.typepad.com/leadinginworship/  Visit that site for other great worship resources.