Pastoral Prayer: Easter 5 B

Here’s a pastoral prayer based on John 15:1-8 and 1 John 4:7-21, two of the suggested scripture readings for the fifth Sunday of Easter (Year B).  It was written by Bishop Telmor Sartison.

Prayer of Petition
(based on John 15:1-8, 1 John 4:7-21)

Gracious God, you give us the Word that turns us again and again to you. You give us Jesus who is the greatest manifestation of your word, your love and your purpose. Help us to live fully as baptized people, those grafted into Jesus the branch, the crucified and risen One.

God of the risen Jesus, hear our prayer.

God of all dominion and power, God of love; we can love only because you first loved us. Empower us by your Holy Spirit to be and do the same. When we rest in your love, fear—though present—cannot overpower us. Help us to rest there always.

God of the risen Jesus, hear our prayer.

— written by Bishop Telmor Sartison, and posted on the ELCIC Resource Archive on the Lift Up Your Hearts website.