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Prayer: Easter 2017

Below are two prayers written for an Easter 2017 worship service.  They can be used as is or adapted for your needs.


TAKE THIS STORY AS OUR OWN

Risen Christ, our soul’s spring, our heart’s desire,
our dance of life, our song of joy,
like a gardener, you turn over the dark soil of death,
and coax up green, abundant life!
Your empty tomb, once the sad end of a hopeless story,
is now the place where a new story begins.
Draw us close, in wonder, fear and hope,
and let us take this story as our own. Amen.

 

ALLELUIA’S RING OUT

Lord Jesus, we weep for the world, and sometimes we cannot make the shift from grief to trust, from sorrow to joy. Yet while it is still dark, alleluias ring out!

Lord Jesus, our doubts and fears are so strong, and the world has not gotten any better since you walked the earth.
Yet while it is still dark, alleluias ring out!

Teacher, we want to hold on to you and keep you for ourselves, but you belong to the whole world and not to us alone. Yet while it is still dark, alleluias ring out!

Holy Radiance, we run towards you, and then stop,
afraid to take the last step into the mystery that is You.
Yet while it is still dark, alleluias ring out! Amen


© Rev. Martha B. Peck, 2017

Rev. Martha Beckwith Peck has served three churches in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, beginning in 1981, and is currently pastor of the Westmore Community Church, UCC on beautiful Willoughby Lake. She is a singer, quilter, pie baker, and ping-pong enthusiast. She loves to write worship materials and finds scripture an inexhaustible well.

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