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POP: wailing into dancing

We exalt you, O Lord,
because you have raised us from the grave
and have given us the victory over our enemy Death.
When we called out to you, you raised us up and restored us to life.
We sing praises to you and give you thanks
when we remember the marvelous things you have done.
We pray for your favor, O God,
on those who suffer
and endure the wrath of illness, brokenness, change, or loss.
We pray for those who weep,
that your joy would break forth like the dawn.
We pray for those who are uncertain and insecure,
that you would show your favor, protect your people,
and strengthen those in need.
We pray for those who seek your face,
who have not yet found what they long for,
that you would reveal yourself again.
We pray for those who face death or despair,
that your faithfulness would be known even in the dust.
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on us.
In Christ’s resurrection
you have turned our wailing into dancing;
you have taken off our mourning clothes and dressed us with joy.
Therefore we trust, and our hearts sing unceasingly,
O Lord our God, in the name of the risen Christ,
who taught us to pray as we say:

The Lord’s Prayer

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Cedar Rapids, IA

confession: we want to do what is right

All:       God, we want so badly to do what is right. In our zeal we forget to listen for your voice, forging ahead on our own way since we cannot imagine another. We close our eyes to your image shining in the faces of the wrong people. We close our ears to your word coming from those with whom we disagree. We close our hearts against those who are different. Instead we offer advice, or ultimatums, or patronizing help, when what you desire is relationship, compassion, and justice.


One:     Forgive us, O God.

All:       Heal our hard-heartedness. Shift our thinking. Open our eyes. Turn us to follow your way. 


Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, IL

prayer of dedication: abundance

Lord Jesus, we receive abundance from your hand,
and we present a portion of that abundance for your worship.
Be present among us as we share with others,
that all your people may be provided for
and your blessing may be revealed to everyone.
We pray in your holy name. Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Marion, Iowa

prayers of the people: lifting us up

We give you praise, O Lord, for lifting us up
from the waters of despair into the dawning of hope.
In Jesus Christ, you have triumphed over all life’s foes;
in his love, we have been healed.

Raise up those who dwell in the pit today,
who face illness or adversity,
those who long for health and success,
especially ______.
Hear us, gracious Lord: come and be our help!

Hear the voices of your faithful ones
who acknowledge your favor in their lives,
and receive our praises for your gifts to your people,
(especially _____).
Sustain those who rejoice today.
Hear us, gracious Lord: come and be our help!

Come especially to those who face death today,
and give your comfort to all who mourn.
You who raised Jesus Christ from the grave,
work your healing even in the midst of loss and grief.
(We pray especially for _____.)
Hear us, gracious Lord: come and be our help!

Open our eyes, transform our vision;
turn our mourning into dancing;
take off our mourning and clothe us again with joy,
that everything we do might become your praise,
now and forever.
Hear us, gracious Lord: come and be our help!

Hear us, Holy One, for we pray in the name of the risen Christ, as we say now together…

Submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, Marion, Iowa

CTW: follow me

One: To the fisherman Jesus said:
All: “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.
One: To the tax collector Jesus said:
All: “Follow me.”
One: To the rich man Jesus said:
All: “Go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
One: At the last supper Jesus said:
All: “Follow me”
One: To you and to me and to all of us Jesus says:
All: Follow me!
inspired by Matt. 4:19-20; Luke 5:27, Mark 10:21, John 21:19
submitted by Rev. Kathleen Sheets, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Jesup, IA