Easter People Congregational Prayer (responsive)

Thank you Lord that you are an impossibility specialist;
the long winter’s grip pried off us finger by finger,
the whole earth greening under the spring sun.
You bring new life where there is lifelessness,
you resurrect hope when we are mired in darkness.
We are an Easter people!
Bring Easter to all among us who are grieving;

your solace that we will see our loved ones again,
your comfort that you will be with us in the hour of our death.
We are an Easter people!
Bring Easter to all among us who are despairing,

give us light and meaning in our times of suffering,
and your energy when life is at its lowest ebb.
We are an Easter people!
Bring Easter to all among us who are ill in mind or body,

a healing touch to calm our fears,
your soothing presence to carry us when we falter.
We are an Easter people!
Bring Easter to all who are locked away in jails,

as well as those among us chained by addictions
and every prison of prejudice.
We are an Easter people!
Bring Easter to our neighbourhood and our city;

the stranger welcomed, the hungry fed,
your kingdom coming here in ____________[your city/region].
We are an Easter people!
Thank you for showing us who we are

through Jesus Christ our Saviour,
and for transforming us daily through your creative Spirit.
We are an Easter people
and “Alleluia” is our song!
Thanks be to God! Amen!

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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

I love to write and to lead worship! If you are finding my writing helpful, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to use or adapt the material here, it is all written by me. If printing material, please credit “Copyright Carol Penner www.leadinginworship.com” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at carol@leadinginworship.com

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