Easter Sunday 4.16.17

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The Cross

God of Transformation,

We give you thanks for the redemption story

of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

The Invitatory

May we know and grow in your transforming love.

The Cruciform

  1. Jesus, we rejoice in your prophetic ministry.
  2. Jesus, we rejoice in your healing ministry.
  3. Jesus, we rejoice in your teaching ministry.
  4. Jesus, we rejoice in your servant ministry.

The Weeks

You are…

  1. …alive
  2. …living
  3. …present
  4. …with us
  5. …in us
  6. …around us
  7. …here

 

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Holy Week 4.15.17

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O God who was present when Jesus surrendered,

you know how hard it is for us to consider it...

to consider Jesus breathing his last breath on the cross.

But despite this difficulty, we know, O God,

that you endure it with us.

You're no stranger to suffering or grief.









“When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ 

Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 NRSV




“Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into your 

hands I commend my spirit.’ Having said this, he breathed 

his last.” Luke 23:46 NRSV 

Holy Week 4.14.17

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O Divine Love,

who took on human form and human needs,

we hear your longing, your thirst.

We, too, have longings and needs.

But God, we ask that you guide them

into better alignment with yours,

so that we may more fully join you in your mission.

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. 






“After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said 

(in order to fulfill the scripture), ‘I am thirsty.’” 

John 19:28 NRSV

Holy Week 4.13.17

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O God to whom Jesus called,

we are grateful for the invitation to

honestly express our complaints, questions, and cries to you.

Help us accept that invitation and be more authentic

in our interactions with you,

so we may better understand your gracious presence

and better understand ourselves.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.







“And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, 

‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, 

why have you forsaken me?’” Matthew 27:46/Mark 15:34 NRSV

Holy Week 4.12.17

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O God, whose ways are not ways of isolation but of love,

give us eyes like the discerning eyes of Jesus,

so we may see those in need of companionship.

And help us take steps

to provide the love and companionship 

that these people need.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.








“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved 

standing beside her, he said to his mother, 

Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, 

'Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple 

took her into his own home.” John 19:26-27 NRSV

Holy Week 4.11.17

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God, through Jesus we learn that

you remember the needs of your children.

Help us to remember them as well.

Prompt us to show others care and concern,

so they may know that you remember their needs.

For indeed, they are your children. 

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.







“Then he [one of the criminals] said, ‘Jesus, remember me 

 when you come into your kingdom.’  [Jesus] replied, 

‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’” 

 Luke 23:42-43 NRSV

Holy Week 4.10.17

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Gracious and Merciful God,

Whose radical forgiveness we can’t fully fathom,

Fill us with your grace, and enlarge our capacity to forgive;

So that we can break free from the ways of judgment and hate

And learn to be more like Jesus.

In his name, we pray. Amen.




“Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; 

for they do not know what they are doing…” Luke 23:24 NRSV

Lent 4.8.17

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Prayerful thoughts after reading Matthew 21:1-17




O God, who in Jesus made grand entrances in the humblest form,

Teach us to embrace celebration with humility,

to oppose injustice, to resist evil, to offer healing,

and to follow your lead.

For these are the ways of Jesus, the blessed one, the sent one,

Who reveals the unfolding reign of God.




O God, who in Jesus made grand entrances in the humblest form,

Prepare our bodies, minds, and souls to follow Jesus,

So that we, too, may reveal your unfolding reign.




Amen.