Call to Reconciliation
Very early in the morning, God created all that is
good and beautiful. Very early in the morning,
a mother placed her newborn in a manger. Very
early in the morning, the good news was shared
with frightened friends, that Jesus was risen and
alive in our midst. Let us confess the fears and
the amazement we bring this morning . . .
Unison Prayer of Confession
On this morning of hallelujahs, we must confess how
human we are, Emptier of tombs. We haven’t done
any great evil, but we have failed to do good when
we had the chance. We have not intentionally hurt
any one, nor have we offered healing to the broken.
We easily accept the witness of the angel in the tomb,
but find it difficult to share this good news with our
friends and neighbors.
Bring us new life, Dazzling God. Where we are tired
and stressed, give us the energy to serve your creation;
transform our hardened hearts into fountains of grace;
forgive us of all the damage we have done, and fill us
with the joy of your Spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ,
who gives us new life, we pray.
Silent Prayers may be offered.
Assurance of Pardon:
L: God, our Creator, gives us new life;
Christ, our Redeemer, prepares a Table for us;
Holy Spirit, our Joy, calls us to service.
This is the good news: the tomb is empty, sin
is powerless, death is defeated forever.
P: On this very first day, and every day, we walk
as God’s people, forgiven and made whole.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.