Prayers of the People for Easter Sunday, 2015

Celebrating the mystery of new life in Christ, we pray for the world God loves, the church God calls, and all people in any need.

[Short pause]

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Everything that denies life has been defeated. The grave is empty; insults no longer define us; brokenness is not the final word in our lives. Accept our grateful praises. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Open our eyes and ears to the signs and sounds of new life breaking out around us. Show us the reconciliations, the serving, the loving, the justice-making that is happening just outside our doors. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Jesus is no longer to be found where we thought he was. Push us out of the safety of our church building. Send us out to Galilee, Jerusalem, First South, Lunenburg, and all six of the Lahaves, trusting that we will see you there. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Help us do the hard work of admitting and recognizing the limits we have tried to impose on you. Free us from ourselves and our fear, that we may celebrate the vastness of your love. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Send us as light-bearers into the darkened corners of our world. Send us singing a song of love and hope in the face of hatred and despair. Send us out to make a difference in the lives of the poor, the addicted, the oppressed, the stranger and the forgotten, knowing that, for you, none are forgotten. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! You have filled us with your life. Use us to bring your healing, life-restoring touch to those who are ill, shut-in, lonely and grieving, especially [NAMES, AND] those we name before you.
[Long pause]
God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! You have changed the rules, changed our perspective, changed the world, changed everything. May we live into your new reality with everything we are. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

We pray all this in the name of our risen Saviour, Jesus the Christ.
Amen.

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