Easter 3C May 1, 2022

Easter 3C
May 1, 2022
“Follow God”

John 21:1-19


One: Holy One, Provider
Many: Our ever-present help
One: In our emptiness
Many: You remind us of your presence
One: In your abundance
Many: You remind us you are here
One: With a love that conquers death
Many: You remind us we are yours
One: Holy! Holy! Holy!
Many: To the Ever-present One
All: Amen.


The Risen One is with us
Your ways are ways of justice
Your ways are ways of peace
Your ways are ways of love
In you, our hearts are full
In your ways, we will follow


Lover of Creation,
Forgive us
We have not loved ourselves
We have not loved our neighbors
We have not followed in your ways
We have rebelled against your love
Forgive us
Engage us
Reshape our imaginations
Trade our complacency for your courage,
Our pettiness for your possibility.
Our greed for your goodness
Our aimlessness and for your adventure
Our lives for your love


One: Open your hearts. Hear the good news.
God has not abandoned us
God has not sent us out to find our own way.
God is with us, all around us, at work within us.
In the name of all that is,
You are welcome
Into the grace, mercy, and forgiveness
Of the Creator of our hearts
Many: Glory to Giver of Life.
All: Amen.


One: In a world that lives out of scarcity
You call us to a life of abundance
You offer grace and mercy
You heals us
You carry us.
In you, we live.
In you, we move.
In you, we are made whole.
Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God


May these gifts be used to bring life and love and liberation for this world that God so dearly loves. Amen.


Now, may the grace of God go with us. May God’s face shine upon us. May we love the world as God has loved us. May we be peace. May we be love. May God’s mercy be present among us. Amen.

Follow God: Service Prayers for Easter 3C was written by Michael Anthony Howard, who serves as Minister of Faith in Action for the Living Water Association, Ohio NorthEast, of the Heartland Conference, United Church of Christ.