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Apr  2010 11
An Easter People

We offer our prayers as an Easter people in these words by Kay Northcutt.

 

AN EASTER PEOPLE

            Second Sunday of Easter

O Beloved One,

in your wondrous love

we find our moving and being.

Incline your ear.

Incline your ear to your people

as we raise our voices to you,

joining in the chorus of your creation

in its song of glory to you, the Breath of life

 

As we feel the earth moving toward spring’s warmth,

our hearts, too, grow warm

and return longingly to you,

wholly thankful

for the miracle of the empty tomb.

Receive them.

Reshape them

 

We come before you

frustrated and confused

that so many across the earth’s face

cannot worship together this morning without

the fear of suffering and death

 

Write on our hearts

what rolling away the stones of our brothers’ and sisters’

tombs of oppression

requires of us.

Humble us to your wisdom, O Holy One,

for if you record our sins,

who can survive?

Deliver us,

deliver us, merciful God

 

For your yoke is easy

and your burden is light

Tender God,

grant us full pardon,

for you are slow to anger, rich in love

 

Some of us come here this morning

starving for the comfort of a community,

only to discover a deepened sense of aloneness.

Rain down the comfort of your Spirit,

for our souls ache for you

and they will not rest

until they rest again in you

 

We bring before you the beloved among us who are ill,

even as our love for them

calls us

to pray for all your children who suffer.

Embrace them with your comfort, your peace:

 

            Prayers of intercession

 

As the scent of Easter lilies

lingers in this space,

we remember vividly

that we are the people of promise.

An Easter people,

we bring ourselves to you

as we bring these prayers

thanking you for the gift of your Child,

in whose name and ministry

we pray

 

            AMEN

 

 Kay Bessler Northcutt, Praying by Heart: Prayers for Personal Devotion and Public Worship (Cleveland, OH: United Church Press, 1998), 60-62.  Used by permission.


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