Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Easter 2-B

Call to Worship

The Word of life spoke:
so we could hear
the angels' 'Alleluias!'
The Word of life reached out:
so we could touch the hope
which heals us.
The Word of life walked out
of death's dread tomb:
so we could follow him
into life forever.

Prayer of the Day

Emptier of Tombs:
you raised Jesus
from the grave
so all fears might be banished;
so the locked doors of our hearts
could be flung open;
so our quivering lips
could declare what
we have seen and heard.

Bright Glory of God:
as you stood in the middle
of your friends
on that first Easter night,
come among us now,
in this time and place,
showing us that death and sin
no longer stand in the way
of our life with you.

Breath of Peace:
strengthen us
so we may stand
with all who fear life;
take our hands in yours,
so we may serve all
who are broken with grief;
inspire us to share
the grace which has been breathed
into our very souls.

God in Community, Holy in One,
hear us as we pray as Jesus taught us, saying,
Our Father . . .

Call to Reconciliation

How often have we heard the good news of forgiveness and restoration? Yet, we are still reluctant to believe. God offers us new life, yet we are afraid to let go of the old. Let us confess our doubts and fears to the One who waits to make us whole.

Unison Prayer of Confession

We use a lot of words, Gracious God, but do little to turn them into deeds. Instead of being of one heart and soul, we choose sides and form groups of folks just like us. Blessed with great grace, we have trouble sharing it with those who need it the most.

Forgive us, God of love. Forgive us, as we step out of our shadows into your light. Restore us, as we reveal our brokenness. Hear us, as we proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and our God.

Silent Prayers may be offered

Assurance of Pardon

This is the good news we have declare: God leads
us out of the shadows to walk in the light of Christ.
This is the word we have heard: our faithful God
forgives our sins and raises us to new life. Thanks
be to God. Amen.

(c) 2006 Thom M. Shuman