Easter -- Service Prayers -- 6th Sunday
Advocate on the Journey
Service Prayers for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
Call to Worship
each of our lives there is a longing
for community and the Presence of God.
Sometimes we worry that we will
unnoticed and afraid.
This day Christ tells us that we will
never be alone.
An Advocate will share our journey.
And this journey calls for
us to continue
to keep to the teachings
of our Lord.
May the ever present love of God be with
And may the joy of Christ
May we know the presence of the Advocate
as we gather in this community of peace,
continuing to share the cost of
with deeds of bold mercy and courageous
As an Easter People
following a Risen Lord,
may the life of Jesus live
on in us and through us.
we have come here today for many
each with our own story.
May these reasons and stories be
immersed in your Sacred Story,
finding ourselves caught up in the drama
of Jesus’ teachings, life, and ministry.
Through your Holy Spirit enable us to
move boldly into the future
and to fulfill the hope of love that
even as we pray the prayer he taught us
it seems, at times, we forget that you
know us at our very depth.
We become anxious and afraid that you
are not with us,
and that our lives have lacked meaning
You have called us to great things,
but we focus instead on what we lack, rather than on Whose we are.
By your mercy, help us to live out the
commandments of Christ
beyond these walls, beyond this hour,
and in so doing, may we become for the
the very presence of justice, hope and
All of us have been created and called
to be in community.
Know this, but more importantly, live
As God’s children we are loved and
equipped for great ministry.
Follow Jesus’ commandment to love boldly
as you are held in the grace and love of
Call to Offering
Today we call upon you as Children of
to share in the love and work of Jesus.
We, as the gathered Church, the Body of
continue in our day to witness and work
on behalf of our Lord,
returning our gifts, tithes and offerings.
May these gifts, O God,
become action and
commandment to love. Amen.
Now go back into the world from which
you have come
and let love be true and freely given.
And may you be encouraged and blessed by
whose love warms and surrounds you like
believing that God is with us always,
as close as our beating hearts. Amen.
Advocate on the Journey: Service Prayers for the Sixth
Sunday of Easter was
written by the Rev. Daniel B. Randall, Senior Pastor of the First
Congregational Church, U.C.C., in Bristol,
RI and a USAF Chaplain
(Reserves). Some of these prayers have their source in the dynamic work of the
Iona Community where Rev. Randall is an Associate member.
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