And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. [Acts 3:16]
Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see better times!"...You have put gladness in my heart...for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety. [Psalm 4, 6a, 7a, 8b]
You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins...Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. [1 John 3:5-6a, 7b]
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ Jesus, our Christ and our Peace, as You stood among the disciples then, You stand among us still and call us to the actions of hope and love that will purify our souls. Release us from the doubts and temptations that lure us from Your presence that, by our repentance, we may dwell in the spiritual safety offered by Your love and forgiveness.
~ Jesus, our Christ and our Peace, infuse our elected, appointed, or self-declared leaders with wisdom, compassion, and the ways of justice and mercy as they chart the course of our lives on our Planet, in our Nation, and in our Community. Fill us with the courage and grace to hold You in our hearts as we hold them accountable. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ Jesus, our Christ and our Peace, calm the fears and pain for all suffer through physical or emotional illness, addiction or despair, and grant respite to those who provide support. We now join our hearts together to pray for those in need… add your own petitions
~ Jesus, our Christ and our Peace, ease our grieving hearts and minds with the knowledge and comfort that those who have joined You in the glory of Resurrection, now dwell in the eternal gladness and freedom of Salvation. We pray especially for… add your own petitions
~ Jesus, our Christ and our Peace, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt thanksgivings, intercessions, petitions, and memorials… add your own petitions
~ Jesus, our Christ and our Peace, as the Disciples in their time, our leaders in Your Church today give witness to the truth of Your words and the fullness of life in following You. Energize their message to engage us with their fervor that we may stride confidently and reverently into each day together, proclaiming You by thought, word, and action. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
The Celebrant adds: God
of the Beginning, the Now, and of all that is to Come, raise us as You raised
our Christ, into the faithfulness of heart, mind, and soul that leads us to the
glory and the better times with You. We ask through the name of Jesus, our
Risen Savior; and the Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier; who together with You reign as
One God, forever and ever. Amen.