Prayers of the People for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, 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! Strengthen our faith, so that we might embrace becoming your disciples, no matter how long we’ve been at it. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Open our minds, so that we might be your life-long students, no matter how hard the lessons. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Free us from our fear, so that we might keep growing, no matter what we might be called to do. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Release us from our past, so that we might grow past being members of an organization, and continue growing into becoming your followers. God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! Unlock our hearts, so that we might share your love with the ill, the shut in, the depressed, the unemployed, the under employed, the stranger, the outsider, and those people who especially need our prayers, including [NAMES, AND] all those we name before you now. [Long pause] God of resurrection,
Hear our prayer.

God who brings new life, Hallelujah! You call us to continue becoming your disciples. Enable us to embrace the life you bring, whatever that might be, wherever that might lead. 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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