Prayers of the People for the Third Sunday in 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 thank you for meeting us on the way, for meeting us in our grief, for meeting us when we are not even looking for you.  Open our eyes to your surprises.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, we thank you for the gifts you provide which strengthen us on our journey – the gifts of family and friends, prayer and. quiet time, word and sacraments.  Open our eyes to your presence.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, we thank you for not abandoning us to our doubts and fears, and for staying with us through all our valleys.  Open our ears to your promise.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, we thank you for coming in the middle of changes and challenges, for appearing in the unexpected and undesired.  Open our hearts to trust.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, we thank you for taking the journey with those who experience violence, hunger, homelessness, illness, separation and death, especially those we name before you.
[Long pause]
Open our hands to share your love.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of life, God of new life, we thank you for travelling with us.  Open us to see what we need to see, to hear what we need to hear, and to serve those we need to serve.  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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