May 15, 2011

Easter 6: Opening Prayers


Here are three invocational prayers based on the lectionary readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter: Psalm 66, Acts 17:22-31 and John 14:15-21. Feel free to revise and adapt them to suit your needs and your voice.

Easter 6: Opening Invocation 1
(based on Acts 17:22-31)

Lord God of heaven and earth,                                        
Creator of our world, and everything in it,
yet as close to us as our own breath—holy is Your name.

In You we live and move and have our being;                    
we are Your own children,
the work of Your hands.

We pray that Your Holy Spirit
would move among us as we worship,
opening our eyes to Your presence,                                
opening our ears to Your Word.

Receive the worship of our hearts and minds and bodies;
may it be a pleasing offering to You.

We pray in the name of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ,
in whose death and resurrection we find life. Amen.


Easter 6: Opening Invocation 2
(based on Psalm 66)

Blessed are You, O God,                                               
full of faithfulness and steadfast love.                              
How awesome are Your deeds!                                      
How glorious is Your name in all the earth.                      

We celebrate who You are,                                            
and what You have done for us.                                      
You hold our lives in Your hands                                     
and keep our feet from stumbling.                                   

We've come together, led by Your Holy Spirit,
to sing Your praise,                                                       
to confess our failings,                                                   
and to receive Your forgiveness and love,
made possible through the sacrifice
of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

To You be all glory,
Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer,
One God forever and ever.  Amen.


Easter 6: Opening Invocation 3
(based on John 14:15-21)

Loving Father,
We gather to celebrate your presence with us;                            
to offer You our praise and our prayers,
our love and our obedience.                                                        

Through the gift of Your own Spirit,
You abide with us
and in us.                                                                                 

We rejoice in Your love for us,                                                    
and in the life we have been given                                               
through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Open our eyes to recognize Your presence here among us;          
open our hearts to the love that You have for us;                          
open our minds to the truth You would reveal to us.                      

All glory and praise to You, triune God,
now and forevermore.  Amen.


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