Easter -- Service Prayers
Come, Be Restored
Service Prayers for the Fourth
Sunday in Easter
9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation
7:9-17 John 10:22-30
My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. John 10:2
Call to Worship
Leader: “Come, be restored!” the Lord, our Shepherd,
As we come where God
leads us, our lives are made whole.
leads us in right paths.
follow as God leads, we shall not lack.
When we lie down with God in green pastures
beside still waters,
Leader: “Come be restored!” the Lord, our Shepherd,
all who journey through
the valley of shadows,
guides us to a table of abundant goodness for us
is ready to anoint us with the oil of overflowing mercy.
All: When we
journey as God leads us,
we need not
fear any evil for God is with us,
strengthening, and comforting us.
come to dwell in the house of the Lord
today and lifelong.
Leader: Come, be restored!
us worship God!
God, our Shepherd and our Guide,
you for your open invitation to us.
invite us to journey with you through the seasons of our lives,
to experience your peace.
invite us to love you, and to know your joy.
invite us to hear your voice,
to know the right paths for us to follow.
invite us to be confident in your guidance
so to accept risk and struggle that lead to new life.
we worship you in this holy space today,
we know your peace, your joy, your guidance
follow in the paths that you lead us. Amen.
Prayer of Confession (unison)
We have heard
your invitation to follow where you lead.
But at times,
we cannot understand the ways you are leading us.
When our fear
convinced that we alone know the best path to take.
our own destiny
appears to be a
more certain and sure path
for your voice to direct us,
we are often
tempted more to control than to pray.
Help us to grow
in our trust in You, O God.
Help us to know
that our salvation is in You.
Help us to hear
your voice and to know your peace. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Sisters and brothers, God is at work
in us and with us!
God is at work for us and through
In this day and each new day,
God grants us new opportunities to
respond to God’s call.
In this day and each new day, God
calls us to new life.
Hear the voice of God today in this
“My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and
they follow me.
I give them eternal life,
and they will never perish.” Amen.
Brothers and sisters, as the early
at times communities of Christians
called upon the apostles
and teachers saying,
“Please come to
us without delay.” That urgency is still present.
Today, we are
the apostles and teachers given the privilege
strengthen, and upbuild the community.
urgent call is spoken or remains unspoken,
whether for individuals
or communities in need
healing, financial support, welcoming community or education,
we must be
ready to respond without delay.
that we might respond to their call.
Thank you, O God, for showing us the
to strengthen and support the
ministry you have called us to do.
Thank you that as we say yes to your
call, guided by your Spirit,
we can share your love with a multitude—greater
than we can imagine—
in the church
and beyond, near and far,
from every nation,
tribe, people, and language.
O God, increase
the blessings that come from these offerings.
In the name of
Jesus, we pray, Amen.
forth, following as the Holy Spirit leads you.
that as you journey through whatever may come,
“God will guide you to
springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away the tears
from your eyes.”
“Blessing and glory and wisdom and
and honor and power and might
be to our God forever and ever!” Amen.
Come, Be Restored:
Service Prayers for the Fourth
Sunday in Easter, April 25, 2010 was written by the Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson, Senior Pastor of First
Congregational Church, Stamford,
Copyright 2010 Local Church Ministries, Congregational
Vitality and Discipleship Ministry Team, United Church of Christ,
700 Prospect Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44115-1100. Permission granted to reproduce or adapt this
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