Prayers of the People for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

As we celebrate God’s salvation, shown in the resurrection of Jesus, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people according to their needs, saying, “God of new life,” and responding, “Hear our prayer.”

[Short pause]

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You are our shepherd.  You care for us, and feed us, and lead us into ministry.  We thank you for the opportunities you provide.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You are our constant companion.  Take away our fear of change, our dread of those who are different, our apprehension of losing control.  Set us free to embrace life as it is.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You are doing new things around us, building human community in the normal interactions of life.  Open our eyes to see you working through ordinary quilters like Dorcas, that we may demonstrate your love in our normal interactions.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You are bringing your reign to our world.  Inspire hope in the face of hunger, terror, war and death.  Fill us with the Spirit of outrage, that we would become active participants in the expectation-shattering, life-bringing work you are doing.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You promise that, even in the valley of the shadow, you are there.  We pray your presence on those who need our prayers, especially those we name before you now.
[Long pause]
Remind those who are abandoned, wounded and sick that you walk with them, and Lord, remind them through us.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You come when we are empty.  You call when we are exhausted.  You move when we are stuck.  You are not the kind of Saviour we expect.  Help us, not just to believe, but to follow where you lead, wherever that may be.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

Trusting your life-giving promise, we offer these prayers in the name of Jesus, our living Saviour.
Amen.

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