Risen Lord, standing among us, we give thanks for the LIFE which comes even in the face of death. Gather us in spirit, even if we’re not able to gather in the flesh. Bind us to God and to one another through your love, which took you to the cross, the grave and to resurrection joy. Amen.
Prayer of Compassion
Surprising God, we come to Easter through the long Lenten journey in which you have called us to examine our inner lives. Lord, please surprise us again, as Jesus surprised his disciple Thomas who feared and doubted. Remind us that the signs of Jesus’ resurrection are all around us.
We remember this day, friends and strangers who suffer from illness and loss, O Lord. Help us to be a presence of comfort for them; for those who are lost and alone, alienated from family and friends, we ask that you empower us to reach out in compassion, offering appropriate help that will lift them into new life with you. We pray for all anywhere who are in situations of danger, war, and strife. We pray that your peace will be with them and that warfare and dangers will be vanquished by your good news; for our community, our nation, Lord, we ask that you give to the leaders compassion and wisdom, remembering that their lives rest in your care. And for ourselves, we ask for the extra measure of faith so that as doubts arise, we may meet them with confidence, and emerge as strong witnesses to your love. In Christ’s name, we offer this prayer. Amen.