Silent Sunday: Being the Living Cross, In Our Homes

Easter Morning… Christ is Risen!

Nothing in your world will ever be the same!

The Living Cross at Asbury Memorial Church 2019

A Prayer for Easter


In John’s gospel account, the first Easter happened while it was still night.
In our pandemic world, it can feel like we are in perpetual night.

People are dying,
Folk are quarantined.
Front line workers are in danger.


God of Easter, grant us hope and a sense of daylight.


In John’s gospel, the Easter morning the disciples seem to run in circles and do not understand.
In the face of COVID-19, so much is

confusing, upsetting and stressful.


God of Resurrection, grant us peace and a spirit of prayerfulness.


In John’s gospel account of the first Easter, Mary Magdalene stood at the tomb weeping.
In this virus world of social isolation, a lot of us are weeping,

in grief,
in fear,
in anxiety.


God of the Empty Tomb, grant us reassurance and a willingness to see the world without despair.


In the gospel, despite death and misunderstanding and tears,

Easter happened.
A stone was rolled away. Angels appeared.
Jesus spoke Mary’s name.


Speak each of our names,
that we might know assurance and faith.


God of Easter,

roll away the stone of sadness, that we might be people of hope.


God of Resurrection,

race with us to the site of new life, that we might live in courage.


God of the Empty Tomb,

help us to see angels,
that we might experience strength.


We pray in the name of the One who taught his disciples to pray: All:
Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.

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