Prayers of the People | March 31

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reating and recreating God,

 

This thing you have done amazes us! How can it be that, through Jesus, you have overcome death? To some of us, as for many of your disciples that first Easter, these words seem like ‘idle tales’ or nonsense. Others of us, like Peter, are willing to explore what has happened but may not have the imagination to understand. Make us, we pray, like the women who found Jesus’ tomb empty. Teach us to have open hearts and to feel amazement in spite of our fear. Give us courage to witness to the wondrous news that Jesus our teacher is no longer in the tomb.

 

Let us pray to the Lord:

Hear us, Lord of Glory.

 

We hold up to you this beautiful world. You made all of it for good, and yet you have heard our lament: death has taken root in the hearts of people, in the actions of nations, and within the wounded earth. Recreate the world, we pray, through the mystery of resurrection. Make new the hearts of all people; make new our relationships; make new the waters and earth and air. Let the whole world see that death has been overcome, and bring all creation into the richness of resurrection life.

 

Let us pray to the Lord:

Hear us, Lord of Glory.

 

We give you thanks, O God, for this community of faith. Thank you for this group of disciples and seekers, with whom we can ask our questions, express our doubts, and become witnesses to your good news in our lives. With confidence, we name to you the people whose needs we know. To these people, and to those whom we forget, we ask you to give abundant life, in which all needs are met.

 

Let us pray to the Lord:

Hear us, Lord of Glory.

 

Finally, God, we think before you of those who have died, and those who are dying. Jesus’ resurrection teaches us that death has been overwritten by fullest life, and yet we know the grief of loss. Hold close to your heart all those who mourn or who fear the end. Whisper into their lives the comfort of your love, and help them believe that your promise to them defies even the power of death.

 

Let us pray to the Lord:

Hear us, Lord of Glory.

 

Amen.

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