Sunday, April 8, 2018

Prayer 1898: Second Sunday in Easter

Most Merciful God,
Creator, Redeemer, Life-giving One,
we gather around your altar
to give you thanks and praise,
living into a life shaped by Communion.

Break in past the locked doors of our hearts, O Savior,
and pour out your peace and grace
which surpasses understanding, we pray.

Help us to practice what we proclaim
while fed and gathered around your altar:
remembering our own forgiveness and healing,
fill us with zeal to be your Body in the world,
giving ourselves for the reconciliation of all. 

Empower us by the Holy Spirit
to breathe forgiveness, healing and mercy into the world,
to remember and embody your abundant love for all
as testimony of your risen life within us. 

Held fast within your embrace,
we place within your safe-keeping
all those who wait, or weep, or wander,
and ask your blessing upon those we now name.


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