Prayers of the People for the Fourth 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 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.  To you, living Christ,
We offer 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.  To you, living Christ,
We offer our prayer.

God of Resurrection, Hallelujah!  You are doing new things around us, building human community in the quiet interactions of life.  Open our eyes to see you alive and active, that we may demonstrate your love in our quiet interactions.  To you, living Christ,
We offer 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.  To you, living Christ,
We offer 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.  To you, living Christ,
We offer 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 you lead.  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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