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illumination: that we may cling to your heart

Draw us from our tombs…
from the dark, self-imposed prisons of knowing-it-all…
into the light of your unflinching good news.
Use our encounters with the stories of scripture
to unbind us from our fascination with the status quo…
so that we may cling to your heart,
and see the world through your eyes.
Amen.

Submitted by Scott Cervas, pastor at Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church (Lexington, KY)

CTW: share the mystery & wonder

The sun had just risen from behind the horizon…
the world was quiet, but for the chirping birds and buzzing insects…
the three women walked slowly to the tomb
only to quickly leave with shocking news they never expected to receive:

JESUS IS RISEN!
HE IS RISEN, INDEED!

Let’s share in the mystery and wonder of those words…
let’s allow our hearts to ponder and our minds to reflect…
and let’s celebrate the glory of God, together!

Submitted by Scott Cervas, pastor at Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church (Lexington, KY)

Easter prayer: we go to the tomb

We go to your tomb, O Christ,
expecting to be met by the cold hardness of stone,
sealing the death of hope.
Instead, we find that the stone has been rolled away
and you are not there!
Help us to encounter your risen presence everywhere we go
and live in the joy of Easter morn each and every day,
through Christ our risen Lord.
Alleluia! Amen.

Submitted by Rev. Andy James, First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone, Queens, New York, and Rev. Teri Peterson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake, Illinois.