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Opening words for Easter 2

Call to Worship

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week,

Jesus came and stood among the disciples and said: Peace be with you!

The Risen Christ is with us now, offering us the gift of peace.

Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

                We too have seen the Lord. Let us rejoice and give thanks!

Let us worship God!


Opening Prayer

Living God,

When our Risen Lord appeared to his disciples,

he greeted them in peace

and breathed the Holy Spirit upon them.

Breathe your Spirit upon us

                as we gather to welcome Christ

                with glad hearts and joyful voices.

Meet us here, we pray;

open our ears to hear you speaking

and our hearts to respond with joy.

Fashion us into an Easter people,

and send us out

to proclaim what we have seen and heard:

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed! Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE

prayer: O Holy Fire

O Holy Fire,
your love burns bright
with a radiance that beckons us
out of the darkness and despair
and into the light of love.
As we enter your presence
consume us with the fire of your holiness
that only the renewed, refined,
reclaimed, and restored body of Christ
may live on in us.


Submitted by Rev. Dan Mayes, First Christian Church of Spencer, IA.

CTW: fine fragrance

To God, we are the aroma of Christ.

As we present ourselves before God
we are the alluring scent 
that arouses his great love.
To God, we are the sweet-smelling reminder
of his one and only Son.
So let us fill the walls of this sanctuary
with the fine fragrance of worship.
Submitted by Rev. Dan Mayes, First Christian Church of Spencer, IA.