Easter -- Service Prayers -- 4th Sunday
Service Prayers for Easter
Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23;
1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10.
Call to Worship (after Psalm 23)
us pray these familiar words,
in the Risen Christ our Good Shepherd:
you are our shepherd.
us lie down in green pastures;
us beside the still waters.
restore our souls.
us in the paths of righteousness for your name’s sake.
though we may walk through the valley
shadow of death,
no evil, for you, Christ, comfort us.
prepared a table for us
presence of our foes;
anointed us with the oil of salvation;
goodness and mercy will follow us
days of our lives,
will dwell in the house
Holy Savior forever and ever. Amen.
You are the one who comes
to us in Jesus Christ.
You are the one who comes
to us in the Holy Spirit.
Sovereign of Earth and
You are the one who
calls us to recognize you today and every day
As the splendid mysterium tremendum.
Gather our hearts and
minds this day.
Let us worship you in
awe and wonder!
One: Merciful and Loving God, we ask forgiveness
because our consciousness
of you is dimmed by
everyday desires and needs.
our consciousness of you, O God.
We forget that we are a
reflection of your image.
We act as though you
are a Sunday-only event.
Increase our mindfulness of you, O God.
Help us to a greater
of your deep mystery
and infinite presence.
Rouse our awareness of you, God.
Open our eyes from
surface focus to depth perception.
Turn our heads from
shallow concerns to eternal truths.
Awaken us from faint-heartedness, O God.
Forgive us for our
narrow and selfish ways.
Save us from cheap
grace with your amazing grace.
Forgive us, O God.
We ask in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
Holy, Forgiving God, we are your sheep.
You keep us awake and aware.
You can increase our God-consciousness every day of our lives.
Bless you and praise you for forgiving us
when we are barely mindful enough to ask.
Help us to enter by the door
when we hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.
We hear your voice of pardon.
Through Christ’s grace we are forgiven this morning, and we go in.
Shepherd of the Sheep,
have opened the door to new life for us
your dedication and your sacrifice.
we reflect your love for us
opening the doors of our hearts to you and your church
the act of giving our tithes and offerings.
Doxology: You Are Holy (Sing! Prayer and Praise 82)
[Suggestion: Use the Trinitarian terms at the
end of the song, instead of the “Hallelujah” words: Blessed Jesus; Holy Spirit; God Creator,
Praise the Three -- in One.]
Thank you, Risen Christ,
for moving the hearts
of the people to give of themselves.
May our offerings of
service and financial support
give voice to your work
for justice and peace in this world.
May we grow more
mindful of you through our giving and our living.
Benediction (from 1 Peter
and John 10)
are called for a purpose:
for the sake of knowing and drawing close toward God
a person bears up under
are not here by chance.
are choice and precious in the sight of God,
and as living stones,
your lives are being built up
into a spiritual
sanctuary where the justice and mercy and peace
of the Risen
Christ may dwell.
All: We are not here by chance.
One: Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them,
and they follow me;
and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish;
and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
we are the sheep of your pasture.
You have chosen us. We have chosen you.
We are not here by
Response: Lord, Prepare Me to be a Sanctuary (SPP
This Place (as Gathering Song – SPP 5); Hallelujah! (as “Gloria” – SSP 55); Center
of My Joy (SSP 72); We Are All God’s Chosen People (SSP 115); Grant Us Wisdom
to perceive You (TNCH 510); Pues Si Vivimos (TNCH 499); Awake My Soul (TNCH
491); Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (TNCH 252); Listen to Your Savior Call
(TNCH 250); God is My Shepherd (TNCH 479); Blessed Assurance (TNCH 473); My
Shepherd is the Living God (TNCH 247); Such Perfect Love (TNCH 248); O Grant Us
Light (TNCH 469).
Prayers for Easter 4 was written and arranged by the Rev. Marilyn Kennedy
Levine, a United Church of Christ pastor, ministering to New Town United Church
of Christ and Parshall Memorial Congregational Church on the Fort Berthold
Reservation at Lake Sakakawea in northwest North Dakota.
Copyright 2011 Local Church Ministries,
Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland,
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