Reading and Prayer – April 11

Luke 24:1-12

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.

The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”

Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.

Prayer

Lord God, we come to you in prayer,  

               Confident of your love for all the world;

               Confident of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ;

confident of your presence among us through the Holy Spirit;

We rejoice and are glad, 

because we know that you are among us, as you have said.

Renewed by your salvation, our hearts are filled with love,

               and we lift your name in song, in prayer, 

in service and in deed.

Thanks be to you, O God; 

may your name be praised in all the earth!

Lord God, as we come together this day, 

the light of your Easter triumph still fills our world.

Because you are risen from the grave, 

we know that no power can overcome us; 

               we are safe in the power of God.

We thank you Lord, for this life-changing news, 

for this sure and certain hope.

We believe this, Lord; 

yet we do not always live as though we do.  

And so, Lord God, we again confess our sins to you.

We have done wrong; 

we have wandered from the way which we know to be right.

We have followed again and again 

the devices and desires of our own hearts.

We have failed to live according to your laws 

of peace, service, and love.

We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; 

We have done those things which we should not have done.

Often times it seems as though there is no good in us.

Lord, have mercy upon us, upon we who have done wrong.

Spare those, O God, who confess their faults.

Restore to fullness of life those who ask forgiveness, 

who seek to change.

For the sake of him who died that we might be forgiven, 

we ask forgiveness.

Help us to live lives pleasing to you and helpful to others;

Help us to live as the children of God, 

as the brothers and sisters of Christ.

Hear our prayers of confession, O God.

Hear the Good News!

God has promised forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

Through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ, 

God has reached out to us with the good news of salvation, 

of life, healing, wholeness and forgiveness.

Confident of God’s love for all the world;

Confident of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ;

Confident of God’s presence among us through the Holy Spirit;

We rejoice in the Good News, that forgiveness is ours.  

New life is ours!  Let us live lives reflecting the love of God for all; 

Let us go and sin no more.