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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

CTW: lifted me up

One: I will praise God with all I have, because God has lifted me up.
Many: We have cried to God for help, and God has healed us.
One: When we are at the lowest point, in the absolute depths, God has restored us to life.
Many: Weeping may linger for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
One: Do not be silent; let us praise God!
All: We will give thanks to God forever.
Submitted by Rev. Martha Spong.

CTW: you are…

CALL TO WORSHIP (based on Psalm 30)
Leader: We will praise you, O God, for when we are surrounded by enemies,
People: You are on our side.
Leader: Sick and hurting, we cry out to you for healing,
People: And you are faithful.
Leader: When life feels like the deepest pit,
People: You lift us up.
Leader: In the midst of our sadness and grief,
People: You bring us joy.
Leader: In the midst of such blessing, how can we possibly keep it a secret?
All: Praise the Lord!


Submitted by the Rev. Julie Craig who writes, prays, preaches and wears cute shoes as a minister member of Milwaukee Presbytery.  She blogs at winsomelearnsome.wordpress.com