Easter Sunday (April 20, 2014)

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The following prayers have been adapted for congregational use by Rev. Gerald Mitchinson.

(Congregation may be invited to be seated for prayer.)

With the prayer “Hear us O God” you are invited to respond

YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

  1. Made alive to God in Christ Jesus, let us pray for the church, those in need and all of God’s creation.

 

A brief moment of silence and reflection

 

  1. O God, in Christ’s death and resurrection your church is reborn.  Continue to give new life to your church in the fullness of its expressions:  Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant and Pentecostal. At this time, we pray in particular for our partner Anglican Church of Canada, and for First Lutheran church in Vancouver and their pastor Lori-Anne Boutin-Crawford.  And we pray also for the pastors, leaders and students who continue to give of their time and their gifts so that there would be a Christian presence on our many campuses.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. O God, your faithfulness extends to all the earth.  On this Easter morn, we pray for all of creation.  Put an end to the terror and destruction so many experience in our time.  With the help of courageous leaders and advocates renew all things in the bright dawning of your love.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. O
    God, the resurrection of your Son offers life for all people.  Reveal to us in our day that promise and hope.  Heal nations scarred by injustice and greed; give hope to those ravaged by violence.  May your Holy Spirit call forth new workers for peace and healing.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. O God, your Son healed many who were suffering in body or mind.  Bless the many in our day who heal and show compassion in Jesus’ name.  At this time we pray especially for those we name aloud or quietly in our heart…

 

May all be sustained by the power of your resurrection.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

6. God, you are the giver of life and renewed life ;

– we thank you for the incredible gift to us of the resurrection and the promise of new life;

– we thank you for those celebrating significant events in their lives;

– for those who have known the gift of another birthday, another anniversary, or the

gift of new life;

–  finally, we thank you for those special blessings we name at this time….

 

Help us to recognize your empowering presence in our daily life and personal ministry.

Hear us, O God:   YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. O God in the waters of baptism you call us by name and raise us to new life in you. With the power of your Spirit renew us with all faith, hope and love, that we might be Christ’s risen body to the world.

Hear us, O God: YOUR MERCY IS GREAT.

 

  1. Into yours hands, O God, we commend all for whom we pray trusting in your mercy; through Jesus Christ, our crucified and risen Savior.  AMEN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colossians 3:1-4

The New Life in Christ

3So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your* life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

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Matthew 28:1-10

The Resurrection of Jesus

28After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he* lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead,* and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” This is my message for you.’ 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’

 

 

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