Second Sunday of Easter Acts 5:27-32 Psalm 118:14-29 or Psalm 150
April 28, 2019 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31
Eternal God, we thank you for this Eastertide. We thank you for your victory over defeat and death, for rekindling our hope, and for rescuing us from despair and cynicism. We thank you for the indomitable spirit of those who have gone before us.
We thank you for those who have both kept the faith alive and been kept by it.
We thank you for those who have gone through the darkness and refused to succumb to it.
We thank you for those who have helped resurrect our spirits by their examples and who have blessed us by believing in us when we had only hints of, but no confidence in, our own gifts.
We thank you for Jesus who lives and reigns with you both now and forevermore.
Accompany us on our faith journey.
Be our strength in all times of testing and trial.
Be our guide when the road ahead seems veiled.
Be our rock when the ground beneath us beings to shake and then whisper to us your “Peace be with you.”
Be our support when we doubt and waver.
Be our confidence when we hear Jesus’ words, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
O God, give us your Holy Spirit to direct us, to sustain us, and to fulfill our mission. Continue to resurrect our souls. Temper our spirits and fill us with compassion, love and understanding toward the least of your children. Give us a new vision of a world remade and refashioned on justice and equity. Give us the will to make it happen and always to remember that we are under a mandate. May we hear again Jesus’ words: “…so I send you.” Amen