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Church Prayers and Intercessions

Church Prayers Easter Sunday

Prayers for Easter Sunday by Richard Ledger 
To set the scene, first a prayer of St Theresa of Avila from the 16th century, but relevant at the time especially:

‘God is unchanging. Let nothing disturb you, nothing alarm you; while all things fade away, God is un changing. Be patient and you will gain everything: for with God in your heart, nothing is lacking. God meets your every need.’

And a verse from the hymn by Edward J Burns

‘Tell of that glorious Easter morn:

empty the tomb for He was free.

He broke the power of death and hell

that we might share his victory.’

So, Lord, we praise you for today, the ultimate game-changer with the world turned - upside -down by the resurrection of Jesus which seals the ultimate victory of love and light over hatred and darkness.

So, we pray for the Church, that all Christians may be aware of your rich presence in our lives. We pray for the congregation here at St Mark’s, especially thanks you for the compassion and web of calls that keep us connected to each other and to you and shed light and hope in our hearts.

Christ Jesus, risen in glory

Scatter the darkness from our hearts and from your world.

Lord Jesus, we bring to you all leaders and their advisers at this uncertain time for the whole world. We pray for our Queen, Prime Minister and government and all MPs and local councillors. We ask that you will equip them to lead and to listen and to act honestly and with humility and compassion as they seek to cope with the present and plan for the future.

Christ Jesus, risen in glory

Scatter the darkness from our hearts and from your world.

We continue to pray, loving Lord, for all who serve us – all the key workers from the delivery drivers and shelf stackers to those who work in the NHS and care system and research scientists – all those we are invited to clap on Thursday evenings. As they seek in different ways to bring hope and healing we ask that you will continue to encourage and energise them as they go ‘above and beyond’ on our behalf.

Christ Jesus, risen in glory

Scatter the darkness from our hearts and from your world.

Risen Lord, we bring to you our loved ones. For many of us there is fear, doubt and uncertainty just as there was for your disciples. You came to them, risen, alive to offer them peace. Thank you that your peace reaches out to us today even in life’s fiercest storms. May we all know that we are always held in the embrace of your love.

Christ Jesus, risen in glory

Scatter the darkness from our hearts and from your world.

Finally, we rejoice in the glory of our Risen Lord and give thanks for all the Saints who have shared in his victory over the grave and death. Jesus is the light of the world: a light which eternally shines and brings hope, that no darkness can extinguish.

Today, we commend all who have died to your eternal love and care, remembering all victims of Coronavirus, our loved ones and Paul Victor Gent.

You turn our darkness into light: in your light shall we see light.

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, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.            Amen.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, Amen.