Prayers of the People for Easter Sunday, 2014

Celebrating the gift of new life in Christ, we offer our prayers for the world, the Church, and all in any need, saying, “To you, living Christ,” and responding, “We offer our prayer.”

[Short pause]

God of life, God of new life, because of Easter, your light breaks into our darkness; your love breaks down our fear; your presence breaks open our lives. We praise you. To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, because of Easter, each day contains the promise of resurrection. May we grasp every opportunity to share your compassion. To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, because of Easter, we no longer need to respond to changes out of fear. May we experience the joy of newness every day. To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, because of Easter, every part of life is bursting with possibility. May we be willing to confront the power of poverty, of hunger, of neglect, of war and all brokenness, trusting your life-giving promise. To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, because of Easter, death does not have the last word. Use us to extend your healing touch to those who are sick, your strengthening touch to those who serve, and your compassionate touch to those who suffer in any way, especially those whom we name before you now.
[Long pause]
To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, because of Easter, we can live now, we can live today, we can live in the present. Guide us on our way. To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

With thanks for all your gifts, we pray these prayers, as well as those hidden in the depths of our hearts, to you, loving God, in the name of the risen Jesus.
Amen.

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