Once again O Living God, it is Easter Morning.
Do we dare to believe in the Resurrection—that You offer us New Life?
We confess on this morning that we are often timid and afraid, unable to believe your promises, unable to offer all of our lives to You.
Once again O Living Lord, it is Easter Morning.
Do we dare to practice Resurrection?
Do we dare to do something bold in our lives, set loose by the freedom You give us?
We confess that too often we stay chained to our fears, our worries, our desperation.
We do not trust you.
We hide the light you have given us.
We try to tame the Spirit that You have released into the Creation.
Today O Living Lord we recommit ourselves to You.
We renew our trust in You.
Help us and give us the strength and courage for these Resurrection Days that are before us.
We pray these things in the name of the one who rose from the grave—Jesus the Christ, the Risen Lord,
who reigns in our lives and the life of this world on this day and in all the days to come. Amen.
(The prayer is designed to be as a call and response. The last two lines could be read together in unison with the reader and speakers saying these words together.)
Submitted by Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo, Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church, North Plainfield NJ.