Eternal God, today, we remember that when all seemed lost, you appeared before us in a new way. When hope was gone, you resurrected it. When your presence seemed to be buried, you resurrected it. When Life laid beneath the ground, you resurrected it. And so, we rejoice in your power to endure and in your spirit that remains. Amen.
God of Transformation,
We give you thanks for the redemption story
of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
May we know and grow in your transforming love.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your prophetic ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your healing ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your teaching ministry.
- Jesus, we rejoice in your servant ministry.
- …with us
- …in us
- …around us
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Days and weeks after Sunday’s celebration,
But the flowers have left the sanctuary,
The musical fanfare has ended
The gathered body has dispersed,
The feast has become left-overs,
Easter clothes are in the wash;
Yet, Easter continues.
As a memory?
A mental exercise?
Or is Easter in and around us still?
Isn’t Easter in the flowers springing up outside,
And in the music of faith that fills our souls?
Isn’t Easter in communities: church, family, and friends,
And the meals that we bless with a word of grace?
And, while it may or may not be reflected in our clothing,
Isn’t Easter in the spirit that we wear throughout the day?
Easter continues (yes, it does)
Days and weeks after Sunday’s celebration
Look around, look within,
Do you see it?
A prayer for the end of Lent and the beginning of Eastertide.
God, do we remember the lessons, the insight we gained during the season of Lent? To this day, do we bring new intentionality, deeper spiritual longings, and a commitment to service and justice; or, do the fleeting celebrations of Easter mark the beginning of our return to a pre-Lenten state of being? God help us remember the lessons we’ve learned during this Lenten season. Help us continue the practices of faith that have formed us this season; and, may we celebrate this Eastertide with renewed understanding of spirit and truth, especially as we meditate on Jesus’ resurrection. In your holy name, we pray. Amen.