Easter Call to Worship & Prayer

Here’s a call to worship and opening prayer for Easter Sunday, based on the resurrection account in John 20.

Call to Worship
(based on John 20)

Out of the darkness of grief and despair
comes a message of hope. Christ is risen.
Christ is risen, indeed.
We run to the tomb to see for ourselves.
And it is true. Christ is risen.
Christ is risen, indeed.
We hear a voice call our name,
and we know our risen Lord
is with us now and always.
Christ is risen.
Christ is risen, indeed.
Thanks be to God.

Opening Prayer
(based on John 20)

O God of all our days,
we come this morning with eager anticipation.
We seek to know you, to see you, to touch you.
Open our hearts,
that we might experience you anew.
Open our lives,
that we may be faithful witnesses
to your resurrection.
May we, with shouts of joy,
proclaim your steadfast, liberating love
to all people, everywhere. Amen.

—adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2006, © 2005 Abingdon Press. Posted on the Ministry Matters website. 

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