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Acts 10:34-43; or Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24: 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12
O Holy God of majesty we give you thanks and praise for gift of your Son, our Living Lord:
He who came to save us gave his life in love that we might live lives of love even now.
He who came with healing in his touch was wounded for our transgressions that we might be free to forgive as did he.
He who came with mercy for the least and lost, left his boundless mercy for us
to show especially to those who need it most.
He who came with peace only to be met with opposition and a violent end,
blesses all who make for peace, declaring them to be God’s children.
He who came in meekness, humbling himself to even death on the cross,
is raised to rule over all all creation, now and forever.
He who came bringing life was met with death, but is now raised to eternal life,
and draws all to himself.
O Lord God, on this Easter morn,
let your resurrection and life speak:
salvation to the lost, and justice for the oppressed;
healing to the hurting, faith to the distressed.
Speak mercy to outcast and consolation to those who grieve,
peace to warring factions, bread for those in need.
Let your resurrection and life speak:
love to power, and wisdom to those who lead;
humility to the proud, generosity in the face of greed;
speak harmony to the races, and community among the peoples;
unity among your servants, your word within our steeples.
May you, O living Lord, breathe on us your Spirit, that we may speak your resurrection and life with words inspired, and become with lives conspired the incarnation of your eternal love here and now. Fill your church with the power that flows from Christ’s resurrection, that in the midst of this still chaotic world we may be a sign of the renewed humanity you are bringing about through the living Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray:
“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.”