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POP: resurrection light

We give thanks to you, O Lord, for you are good:
your mercy endures forever.
We sing and shout for the joy of your salvation,
secured for us in the resurrection of Jesus Christ!
Your living strength has triumphed!
The power of life has redeemed us!
We declare your saving works, O Mighty One.

Give us grace, O God, to open the gates of your righteousness
so that all your beloved ones may enter.
Let our lives bear witness that you are our salvation.
Christ, the stone which the builders rejected,
has become the cornerstone of your renewed people.
This is your doing, O Lord,
and it is marvelous in our eyes;
let all people rejoice and be glad in it!

We cry hosanna to you, O Lord: save us!
Work out your salvation for those who are in need today,
especially for those who labor under the shadow of death.
Shine your resurrection light upon us
and lead us like a joyful parade into your presence.

You are the God of life, and we thank you;
you are the God of new life, and we exalt you;
you are the God whose mercy endures forever,
and we pray rejoicing in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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

POP–your mercy endures forever

Prayers of the People (based on Psalm 118:14-27)

Lord of life, God of empty tombs, we praise you this Easter day.

You, O Lord, are our strength and our song,

for you have become our salvation!

We give thanks to you, and

We pray to you, O Lord, for you are good;

your mercy endures forever.


We sing with exultation, for you are victorious over death itself,

and so we entrust to you all who have died,

and we put our hope in Christ’s resurrection.

Hold us in our grief, and claim your people for life.

We pray to you, O Lord, for you are good;

your mercy endures forever.


We give you our thanks, O Lord,

for you have opened the gates of righteousness.

You have freed us from all fear and worry,

that we might serve you by serving our neighbor in your name.

Teach us your will and lead us in your ways.

We pray to you, O Lord, for you are good;

your mercy endures forever.


We proclaim your salvation,

the gift of wholeness

in our relationships, our bodies, and our souls.

We continue to seek your redemption

for the broken and rejected parts of our lives.

Work your healing for all we have lifted up,

and build us up once more in your marvelous love.

We pray to you, O Lord, for you are good;

your mercy endures forever.


We rejoice in the gift of this day,

the day of your triumph,

and we give thanks for all those through the years

who have proclaimed the good news of your salvation.

Unite us with each other,

and with your people in Christ throughout the world,

that we might bear witness to your grace.

We pray to you, O Lord, for you are good;

your mercy endures forever.


Your mercy is eternal, O Lord,

and we give you thanks, now and always,

in the name of the risen Christ,

who taught us to pray, saying:

The Lord’s Prayer

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

Confession: the safe paved path

Prayer of Confession – based on Proverbs 3:5, Psalm 105:8, Psalm 118

O God, the writer of Proverbs advises us to trust in you with all our heart, and not to lean on our own understanding. But we have lost the conviction and pioneering spirit of our fathers and mothers before us. We give up and take the safe paved path rather than blaze new trails of faith by trusting in your covenant promises of steadfast love that endures for ever. Give us confidence in you filled with courage and resiliency of heart, mind and will, we pray. Amen.


Submitted by Rev. Linda Whitworth-Reed, Grace Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, AR

CTW: this is the day

L:    This is the day:
P:    when tears are wiped away;
shattered hearts are mended;
fears are replaced with joy.
L:    This is the day the Lord:
P:    rolls away the stone of fear;
throw’s off death’s clothes;
goes ahead of us into God’s future.
L:    This is the day the Lord has made:
P:    death has no fear for us;
sin has lost it’s power over us;
God opens the tombs of our hearts
to fill us with life.
L:    This is the day  –  Easter Day!
P:    Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!


Sbumitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.

CTW: early on the first day of the week

Call to Worship     (John 20:1 and Psalm 118:19-23)
Leader One: Early on the first day of the week…
Leader Two: Open to us your gates of righteousness,
All: That we may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
Leader One: While it was still dark…
Leader Two: This is the gate of the Lord;
All: The righteous shall enter through it.
Leader One: Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw…
Leader Two: We thank you that you have answered us;
All: We thank you that you have become our salvation.
Leader One: …that the stone had been removed from the tomb.
Leader Two: The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
All: This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes!
Submitted by Rev. Martha Spong, First Congregational Church, North Yarmouth Maine.

CTW: Palm Sunday

A call to worship for Palm Sunday, based on Psalm 118. (Part of the “Choices on the Way” series, with the theme this week being “My Way — The Highway”). Submitted by Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church.

One: Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good!
God’s steadfast love endures forever!
All: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!
One: Shout Hosanna, for the Lord is coming!
Line the festival road with waving branches!
All: We wave palm branches, praying and praising
as we walk God’s way.