Easter -- Service Prayers -- 3rd Sunday
From the Heart
Service Prayers for the
Third Sunday of Easter
Call to Worship (inspired by Acts 2: 14a, 36-24; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19)
and Brothers, what shall we do?
shall praise God
hears our prayers,
draws near to us,
Sisters and brings new life out of death.
and Brothers, how shall we live?
the confidence of God’s beloved children,
security and joy of God’s saving grace.
Sisters and Brothers, what is the
life, forgiveness of sin, the Spirit as gift!
Sisters and Brothers, how shall we
lift our voices and our hearts in love, thanks, and praise!
We will praise the Lord as long as we live!
Loving God, we welcome your living presence
in our midst.
Share our joy and our thanks for the
life you give us.
Sing with us! Dance among us! Pray with
Shower us with your love! Amen!
Confession (Luke 24:13-35)
Heavenly Stranger, our Companion on the
we yearn for your love and grace. We
seek your wisdom and guidance.
We relish the joy which burns within our
hearts when you are with us.
Yet, sometimes we would cling to you,
hoard the blessings of relationship with
and not share your love with others.
Forgive us, Dear One.
Remind us that your love is to be
carried throughout the world.
Press us to share the hope and joy
of your love,
so that someone who hungers for
may be filled by our witness to your
Shine the light of your Spirit
so that we may show your Way those
who long for peace
and help to revive those in whom
hope has died. Amen.
Words of Assurance
God may come to us, unrecognized, as a
The Risen Christ reaches out to us in
as we travel our own Emmaus roads.
May the Word of our Stillspeaking God
continue to burn in our hearts.
the Offering (1 Peter 1:22-23)
The author of 1 Peter implores us to
love one another deeply from the heart,
and assures us that we have been born
through the living and enduring word
In our giving today, let us give, not
out of obligation, but from the heart.
Let our gifts be seeds of the living and enduring word of God,
that will sprout in abundance of justice
and hope all that is necessary for life,
for sisters and brothers here at hand,
and around the world.
Jesus, God has made you both Sovereign
Therefore we pray your blessing upon
these gifts, upon us,
and those whose lives will benefit from
May your victory over death
empower all whom you call to trust in
In faith and hope we pray. Amen.
Friends, rejoice in the mothering and
fathering love of God!
Rejoice in the victorious life of our
Rejoice in the power of the Spirit!
Go, living in the love of Christ!
Go, serving in the name of Christ!
Let your love of God embrace
Those who are afar off
Those who are strangers met on the road
your lives praise the Lord!
From the Heart: Service
Prayers for the Third Sunday of Easter was written by the Rev.
Renee C. Jackson, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ,
presently serving as Pastor and Teacher of the First Congregational UCC in Ypsilanti, Michigan,
an Open and Affirming congregation where God is still speaking.
Copyright 2011 Local Church Ministries,
Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ,
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