Easter -- Service Prayers -- 3rd Sunday
Service Prayers for the Third Sunday of Easter
One: Beware this morning.
might just meet Jesus.
All: But isn’t Jesus the reason we came to
Why should we be concerned?
One: If we truly meet Jesus,
blinders to poverty and suffering may fall;
groans of creation might be heard.
we pay attention,
may understand our privilege and recognize our advantages.
such knowledge could lead to change.
All: We want to be transformed.
One: Then listen for the Word of God.
as a collective “we” or as “I”)
O God, you have been my helper and my
You have been faithful all the days
of my life.
Today I pray for help and healing
for our world,
even though the health of our planet
and the liberation of your people
rest upon people willing to change
from their selfish
and destructive ways.
Yet, your power is greater than all
the self-centered people
of the world put together.
That’s why we have hope.
So let us remember your mercy and
pray for the
of God to reign on earth
– even the parts that will challenge
our comfortable life. Amen
All: O God, you know me
better than I know myself.
that scares me.
You know what I try to hide, what I
try to deny.
You know that I mean well.
But, when I dare to be honest, my
are not always in the best interests
Yet, however painful it may be, let
me be open.
Let me see the persecuted and
oppressed in my city,
the marginalized in our nation, the
exploited peoples of our world.
Let me hear the words of Jesus
let those words pierce the hardness of my heart.
Let me see the face of Jesus in all
the faces I don’t want to see.
By your grace, don’t let me ignore
your invitation to see.
One: My friends, grace and forgiveness are real.
But so is accountability to the Word of God.
Grace and forgiveness are not
excuses to avoid the kind of change
scripture requires of faithful disciples.
will know amazing grace when it comes from a changed life.
this assurance of grace simply provide you
with the courage to keep moving
God does not abandon us in the struggle.
That is the hard but really good
to Share our Tithes and Offerings
we prepare ourselves to give, let your hearts be overjoyed
the miracle of all our gifts being mingled together.
bring release to the captives and
freedom to the oppressed and good news to the
let us not forget that Jesus also promised sight to the blind.
all of us who are blind – by choice or by ignorance –
our wealth and the wealth of our nation.
had compassion on the poor.
also upon those who could not see the damage done by wealth
it is protected at a greater cost than the free sharing of it.
to this time of sharing not with a spirit of charity
but with a swell of
of the Gifts
God, clothe us with joy in the knowledge that we make a difference
every dollar given. May these gifts be
used for the glory of your name. Amen.
May God bless us with discomfort…
easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,
so that we will live deeply in our hearts.
God bless us with anger…
injustice, oppression and exploitation of people and the earth,
so that we will work for justice, equity and peace.
God bless us with tears…
shed for those who suffer, so that we will reach out our hands
to comfort them and change their pain to joy.
may God bless us with the foolishness to think that
we can make a difference in our
that we will do the things which others say cannot be done.
“Seeing Jesus”: Service Prayers
for the Third Sunday of Easter, was written by the Rev. Dr. David Bahr, pastor of
Park Hill Congregational United Church of Christ in Denver, Colorado.
Local Church Ministries, Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Ministry
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