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Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available though Augsburg Fortress [link].
  • Thematic
  • Mighty God,
    in whom we know the power of redemption,
    you stand among us in the shadows of our time.
    As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life,
    uphold us with knowledge of the final morning
    when, in the glorious presence of your risen Son,
    we will share in his resurrection,
    redeemed and restored to the fullness of life
    and forever freed to be your people. Amen.

    OR

    Living God,
    long ago, faithful women
    proclaimed the good news
    of Jesus' resurrection,
    and the world was changed forever.
    Teach us to keep faith with them,
    that our witness may be as bold,
    our love as deep,
    and our faith as true. Amen.

    OR

    Creator of the universe,
    you made the world in beauty,
    and restore all things in glory
    through the victory of Jesus Christ.
    We pray that, wherever your image is still disfigured
    by poverty, sickness, selfishness, war and greed,
    the new creation in Jesus Christ may appear in justice, love, and peace,
    to the glory of your name. Amen.
  • Intercessory
  • O God, your Son remained with his disciples after his resurrection,
    teaching them to love all people as neighbors.
    As his disciples in this age,
    we offer our prayers on behalf of the universe
    in which we are privileged to live
    and our neighbors with whom we share it.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Open our hearts to your power moving
    around us and between us and within us,
    until your glory is revealed in our love of both friend and enemy,
    in communities transformed by justice and compassion,
    and in the healing of all that is broken. Amen.

    OR

    Holy God,
    you have called us to follow in the way of your risen Son,
    and to care for those who are our companions,
    not only with words of comfort, but with acts of love.
    Seeking to be true friends of all,
    we offer our prayers on behalf of the church and the world.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Guide us in the path of discipleship,
    so that, as you have blessed us,
    we may be a blessing for others,
    bringing the promise of the kingdom near
    by our words and deeds. Amen.

    OR

    Sisters and brothers in Christ,
    God invites us to bring our doubts and fears,
    our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise,
    and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

    Prayers of the People, concluding with:

    Receive these prayers, O God,
    and transform us through them,
    that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand
    not only what you do on our behalf,
    but what you call us to do
    so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen.
  • Scripture
  • God of comfort and compassion,
    through Jesus, your Son, you lead us
    to the water of life and table of your bounty.
    May we who have received
    the tender love of our Good Shepherd
    be strengthened by your grace
    to care for your flock. Amen.
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