Prayers of the People for the Seventh 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 bring new life through Jesus.  You call us to a new solidarity through Jesus.  Help us embrace your call.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You are free from our structures and expectations.  You speak in ways which catch us off guard.  You come to us in people who are different.  Help us celebrate the diversity you have created.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  Give us openness to a unity which is not uniformity, but an embracing of variety.  Give us openness to change which is not danger, but the challenge of being alive.  Give us openness to growth which is not just survival, but movement toward maturity.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  Grant this congregation your wisdom to discern the faithful way before us.  Let all we do, all we decide, all we are, point to your loving promise.  God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  May we express your solidarity with us by living in solidarity with those whose lives and circumstances deny your presence – the unemployed and under-employed, the poor and hungry, the stranger and outsider, the sick and forgotten, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of new life,
Hear our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  As this Easter season draws to a close, fire us with hope, that we may be your New Life people every day.  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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