Easter Invocation

2 04 2015

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Our Father, creator of all and author of life; we worship you. We rejoice today because of the resurrection. The tears of Good Friday were turned to astonishment on that Sunday morning when the empty tomb was discovered. Since that day, the empty tomb has given us hope that we serve a risen Savior and that through Him comes life abundantly here on Earth and life eternal in Heaven. We praise you for the power of the resurrection that changed our mourning into dancing. Even our grief and sorrow are given a song in the night through the joy unspeakable that comes because He lives. We are promised that “joy cometh in the morning”, especially as we remember Resurrection morning. We praise you dear God of all mercy, who has let us see through the eyes of the witnesses of the risen Christ, that we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
We pray that others come to the cross and confess Christ as their sin-bearer. Then we pray that they walk away from the empty tomb, rejoicing in the reality of their new life in Christ. We pray for other churches who celebrate with us in our city, state, nation, and around the world. We may differ in worship style, music, language, and culture; but as one body we declare, “He is risen indeed”. We pray for a freshness and newness at this church. Resurrect us from the deadness of indifference, laxity, love of ease, and materialism. Fill us with your presence; baptize us with life, love, and unity.

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