Opening Prayer: Exodus 14: 19-31

Liberating God, we worship you.
We praise you for delivering your people of old from enslavement in Egypt
by opening up a new and unexpected future before them.
They experienced your grace and mercy in awesome and life-sustaining ways
which must have been like an impossible dream coming true.
Through these acts you showed your compassion
for the weak and powerless of this world.
We praise and adore you for opening up a new future for us
when your love and compassion, your mercy and grace
became enfleshed in Jesus Christ.
He delivered us from the bondage of evil and sin through his death on the cross.
The impossible once more became reality
when love defeated evil once and for all.
We pray that this time of worship will be a true offering
of our wonder and  praise
that you should care for us so deeply and so faithfully.
This we pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

— Moira Laidlaw, Liturgies Online

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