Easter -- Service Prayers
Too Marvelous for Words
Service Prayers for Easter
Acts 10:34-43 Luke
This is the Lord’s doing, it is marvelous in
our eyes. Psalm 118:23
Call to Worship
Leader: This is the day that our God has made, let us rejoice and be
glad in it!
All: This is the day of resurrection. Let
us rejoice and be glad!
is risen! Christ is risen indeed.
This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous
in our eyes.
Let us rejoice and be glad!
All: This is the day of celebration.
We sing, we pray, we play
instruments, and we dance.
Yet it is too marvelous for
Christ is risen! Christ is
risen indeed. Amen.
O Awesome God, with gladness and thanksgiving,
we gather in this space today.
We celebrate the resurrection of
as a symbol of your love and sign of
On this Resurrection Sunday,
we are reminded that you have all
power over the circumstances
in our own lives that may bind us and limit our peace.
O God, you answer even before we
You hear us while we are yet
May all that we say, hear, and do in
this space give honor to your name
for the marvelous things you have
done in Jesus Christ and in us.
We give you thanks in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer of Confession (unison)
God, you have told us that you would not leave us without your Spirit.
have promised us that you would never leave us or forsake us.
at times we have felt abandoned by you because we have looked for you
in ways that fit our limited notions of you
in places and with people that have felt comfortable for us.
have looked for you in tombs of dead conventions and
traditions that have lost their power.
times, we have forgotten that you are a living God,
to be enshrined among the dead but celebrated among the living.
have been perplexed and terrified when your messengers bring us good news of
presence manifested in unexpected
When we have heard the reports resurrection
we have dismissed these words as an idle
We have not believed even though we
longed for this truth
that your love would never let us go.
Because of fear, we have not recognized
your presence with us.
Lord, have mercy.
us, Lord Jesus, to see you through the eyes of faith.
us to hear you through the voices
our neighbors, strangers and our own hearts.
us to touch your hands of love. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Sisters and brothers, the power of
resurrection is at work in us and with us!
Through the former things of our lives and
in the new heaven and earth
that God is yet creating, the Spirit of
Christ leads us
onto paths of victory over sorrow and
death, disbelief and fear.
Receive God’s grace in the secret place
in your heart,
where there are no words.
For the forgiveness of God is too
marvelous for words. Amen.
and sisters, the greatest offering comes from God,
whose love is unending.
church ministry is not to build a shrine to a dead God,
to spread the good news that Jesus Christ is alive.
offerings—financial and other—help us to share that news
that people who are longing for an alive God may come to know Jesus Christ.
that we might share that great news with our words,
our ministry, and with our
Bless these offerings, O God, which we
return to you,
that in our seeking and our serving,
our ministry might illumine paths and uplift
the heads of those who seek you.
Guide us in your wisdom and love that we
may use these gifts
to manifest your presence in the world
in all that we do. Amen.
On this Resurrection Day,
let us go forth rejoicing that
Christ is risen and is alive within us.
Let us go out with shouts of joy
that Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed.
Too Marvelous for Words:
Service Prayers for Easter Sunday was written by the Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson,
Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church, Stamford, CT.
2010 Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry
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