Easter -- Service Prayers
Service Prayers for the Seventh Sunday in
16:16-34 Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 John 17:20-26
Call to Worship
Leader: The Spirit of God bids us, “Come.”
everyone who hears within their hearts “Come.”
the whole earth rejoice and
coastlands sing of our God’s steadfast love.
All: We come to rejoice in
the Holy One, our God.
give thanks for God sets us free!
Leader: Let everyone who is thirsty for the Spirit “Come.”
anyone who wishes “Come,”
receive the water of life as a gift.
All: We come to
rejoice in the Holy One, our God.
thanks for God’s steadfast love
that brings joy to our hearts in the night,
lights our lives like the dawn,
sets us free. Amen.
O God, we give you
thanks that you bid us to come to this place of prayer.
you that in this place, we are reminded
boundless love, your justice, and your mercy.
Thank you God,
that you are the path of redemption,
salvation, and deliverance
from the things
in our lives that bind and imprison us.
chains and open the prison doors of our lives.
Set us free, O
God, as we worship you in this place of prayer.
Let our praises
and prayers, our songs and hymns
give glory and
honor to you.
Prayer of Confession
prays for us, for “those who will believe in me through their word,
that they may all be one. As you, Father-Mother
are in me and I am in you,
may they also be in us, so that the
world may believe that you have sent me.”
As disciples of Christ, we proclaim in
our words the hope
“that we may all be one”,
yet often we become bound, even
imprisoned, by our fears or distrust
of those who seem different from us
in some way.
When our fears bind us, we forget our
calling to be witnesses in the world
of the love of God manifest in
Christ Jesus and in each of us.
fear of difference causes us to retreat
and separate ourselves from others.
The fear of difference imprisons us in cells of our own
Assurance of Pardon
Sisters and brothers, God is at work in
us and with us!
The glory that God has manifested in
Jesus Christ is given to us even now
so that we may live and love as one, for
in Christ, we are one.
promise of God is to guard the lives of the faithful,
and rescue us from the hand of anything binds us and separates
from God, and one another.
Because God’s love manifest in
Jesus Christ, “the Alpha and the Omega,
the first and the last, the beginning and the end” sets us free.
We are free indeed! Amen.
and Brothers, we have been given a great freedom
the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
there are many who are captives to fear, sickness,
poverty, and hopelessness.
are called to witness to the freedom found in God.
that our ministry may make us co-workers with God
releasing the captives and testify boldly to the love of God that frees us.
generously as God gives generously to us.
Thank you, O God, for loving us and laboring
Thank you for the testimony of this church to
your great love.
Guide us in your wisdom as we use these
and other gifts to your glory and the blessing
of your people. Amen.
Go forth, following as the Holy
Spirit leads you.
Know that the grace of the God made manifest in Jesus Christ
Go, and live
guided by the truth that you are free indeed! Amen.
Indeed: Service Prayers for the Seventh Sunday in Easter was
written by the Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson, Senior Pastor of First Congregational
Church, Stamford, CT.
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