Prayers of the People for the Second Sunday of Easter, 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, we give you thanks for the life you bring us in the risen Jesus.  Help us live into this awesome reality.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, enable us to acknowledge the challenge of the new life you offer us in the risen Jesus.  Thank you for your presence in our struggle.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, to die is easy; to live is often difficult, and sometimes it seems impossible.  Strengthen our faith in your promise, that we may embrace the new life you offer us in the risen Jesus.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, guide us as we make decisions about the ministry to which you have called us.  Open our eyes to the new life possibilities you offer us in the risen Jesus.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, we pray for those who face upheaval in their lives: the unemployed, the hungry, victims of violence, the sick, the dying, and those who have lost loved ones, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Use us to touch others with the new life you offer us in the risen Jesus.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, free us from fear; challenge our desire for contentment; remove our craving for security.  Help us to cling only to the new life you offer us in the risen Jesus.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

With thanks for all your life-giving 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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